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Policing the police
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Re "Policing the police," Our View, Aug. 11.

I agree that the highest priority for police officers should be to protect the public. But I don't think it's too much to expect a little cooperation from that same public. Perhaps Danielle Willard panicked. It shouldn't be surprising that she would with two guns stuck in her face. Yet she clearly shares the blame for what happened to her.

In the case of high-speed chases, it seems to me that police officers often exhibit poor judgment. The troubled teen in Weber County is only one example. I remember a case several years ago where a car was forced off I-15 by two or three police cars, causing the freeway to have to be shut down. Imagine the tragedy that could have occurred should an innocent family have happened to get in the way. Similar stories abound.

I know many police officers are good people who risk their own lives to protect ours. But, not surprisingly, this profession does attract thrill-seekers and even bullies. So it's very important that adequate checks be put into place to minimize their ability to harm and/or intimidate our citizens.

David Everett Harris

Salt Lake City

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