Now that Warren Bolton has shared his thoughts about Ferguson (“Thoughts about Ferguson, New York,” Dec. 23), he should try “thinking” without color. Mr. Bolton states “Give them their day in court.” Eric Garner had visited court at least 31 times, and you think he needs additional court visits? Both Michael Brown and Garner had more than a passing knowledge of the justice system.
All lives matter, even the lives of the two New York police officers who were executed by a madman, and his color doesn’t matter.
“Let’s respect authority,” Mr. Bolton wrote. Both men would be alive today and would have had their day in court if they had submitted to lawful police commands. They chose to resist.
“Consider the way we police.” Every service-oriented organization needs to constantly evaluate its effectiveness. We should have the best-trained, dedicated officers available without regard to the color of their skin — just as I want the heart surgeons at Palmetto Heart Center to be the best available, whether their color reflects the population of Richland County or not.
“Let’s remember that we need police officers.” Finally, a point where we can agree. We do need officers from various backgrounds, the most qualified available, because of the wide range of experience and knowledge they bring; this must be a calling and not a job. We do have such police, and yes, we do have some folks who need to look for another type of employment.
Stop thinking about the color of someone’s skin and start thinking about how we can provide a better place to live by loving our neighbor as we love ourselves, which might just make us pause and put others first.