DEAR EDITOR:

It sickens me to see how police are now treated in this country. Recent examples include police officers who have had water thrown on them for no reason and a crowd abusing officers in Philadelphia who were on the scene of a hostage situation. Six officers were shot by the person who was being served a narcotics warrant, and the onlookers in the street harassed police who had responded to the scene. The suspect was arrested without him being injured.

Without so many fine public safety officers and officials around the country and here in Cobb, where would we be when our safety or belongings were in jeopardy? How could we live as a society without the different public safety departments?

Like any field, there are going going to be “bad eggs” that cannot and should not be tolerated in any law enforcement agency. Those who are corrupt or abuse their power should be prosecuted. But with approximately 750,000 officers in the United States, there is going to be a small minority of officials who can hurt the reputation of the so many who make life safer for those who obey laws. One study showed that between 2005 and 2012, about 6,500 officers were arrested during that time. Half of the arrests involved violence either on or off the job from physical abuse to murder. Again, any number is too many, but that number represents less than 1,000 per year. Based on the 750,00 officers, that equates to 1.3 percent.

In 2018 alone, 144 officers in the United States were killed in the line of duty. Some just for being a law enforcement official.

I thank God we have officers who are willing to put their lives out there for us each day and night for little pay. This as each year more abuse is put on them by the public, many politicians refuse to back them and more would be officers decide to pursue another career.

It’s a disgrace that should bring public outrage, just as there is justified outrage against the small percentage of officers who abuse their power. For the 99% of officers who make our lives safer, I thank you.

And, after living in Cobb for 58 years, I especially thank Cobb officers and sheriff department deputies. Same for those who serve for local municipalities.

David Poteet

Marietta

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