I wonder what the Lake Stevens police are waiting for? (“Police: Lake Stevens political sign thief assaults witness,” The Herald, July 11). The suspect, Gary Smith is accused of assaulting a witness who allegedly saw him stealing political signs from the roadside. The witness, Earl Gray, says that after Smith shouted profanities at him, Smith grabbed him from behind and tried to pick him up and throw him to the ground. Smith’s claim of self-defense as he was pulling Gray’s ear shouting, “I’m going to rip your ear off,” is not believable. Both LD44 Rep. John Lovick and LD 44 candidate April Berg are African Americans, and I’ve got to believe that if Smith was an African American he would be in jail by now. This is exactly what white privilege means.