Letter: Topeka police protect law abiding citizens, criticism of law enforcement is outrageous

This publication’s continuous attacks on the police department’s and council members’ behavior in obeying state laws governing evidence in criminal cases is outrageous. In your editorial on Dec. 14, your tabloid mentality was in full force when you ended in a warning that council members better appear at the forum last Wednesday.

 

Why did they have to appear? A year ago, a similar forum on community relations (held at a church, no less) quickly dissolved into a shouting match and ended in a physical confrontation in the parking lot. Similar ill-bred behavior was on display in the city council chambers recently when Sylvia Ortiz was verbally attacked. As expected, she took the dignified high road.

While a peaceful forum should be everyone’s goal, proper public behavior, respect for the law and patience are in short supply these days.

When council members expose themselves to continued intimidation and possible threats, I hope for a visible police presence and for plenty of cameras to counteract potential biased reporting.

Finally, thank you, Topeka Police Department, for protecting decent law-abiding citizens from the criminals, especially the twice-convicted felons who obviously just don’t get it by choosing actions which could lead to a third-strike felony arrest.

Dennis Hitt, Lyndon

 

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