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Letter: Difficult calls in policing cannot be overemphasized

I am responding to the Sept. 22 letter, “Police often must make split-second decisions.” I was thinking of writing a similar letter. He hit all the right points.

The Jesse Jacksons and Al Sharptons of the world are not the ones staring down the barrel of a gun from a criminal on a “man with a gun.” If the perpetrator had put the gun down and listened to the commands of the officer the outcome would be different.

My son just finished police academy in Gwinnett County, Ga. At graduation, we were allowed to do the simulation of different crimes. It is a split-second decision to protect yourself or you become the victim. I wish everyone could go through that simulation.

I know there are bad police officers out there, but I don’t think anyone goes out with the intentions of shooting somebody.

Let’s look at perpetrators’ criminal history. I would bet he, or she, hasn’t been the perfect father, son, daughter or citizen as portrayed.

Respect police, again.

Keith Armstrong


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