Officer escalates situation
Re: "Change is noted in police prosecutions – murder charges for 4 employees over 3 years interrupted national trend", Sunday news.
Burglary is not a serious crime. No one was forced to sneak into someone's apartment and steal their TV. So when Amber Geiger decides to stay out of the door of what she's thinking in her apartment and call backups from some colleagues until she can figure out what's going on (maybe it's not her apartment at all) ), instead, she pulls out her weapon and escalates the situation to life or death, what's going on in her mind?
Do we authorize our police officers to carry lethal weapons (which not all countries allow) to use as a first alternative in a given situation? What causes a trained police officer to immediately perceive a situation like this in which his life is in danger?
Was she in the apartment and an unknown person broke into the door, but she entered the room for no reason, except perhaps to protect her property and thus escalate the situation that took a person's life.
What part of the "protection and service" mission drives the police service to act in this way? Is it a failure of the trainers or irrational fear and unprovoked aggression by an otherwise capable officer?
Stephen Love, Dallas
Self-defense does not apply
It's my understanding that herself
When Amber Geiger shot Botam Jean, she was essentially an armed intruder. That's why she was on the committee for breaking the law. It has no legitimate claim for self-defense.
If this is ignored, then it sets a dangerous precedent for others to follow . Just enter someone's home and claim that you thought it was your home.
Tim Scott, Houston
Mistakes can be made.
Re: "Invariable firing facts," by Brian Baldwin, Monday Letters.
I agreed with Mr Baldwin's letter to the last paragraph. There really are two sides to this, unless you are aware of the facts that the rest of us do not know.
Did these two know each other? Have you had any disagreements? Did they have any parting? Were there any circumstances in which they interacted? Or does Mr. Baldwin want us to believe that a Dallas policeman just walked into her apartment building, picked an apartment, went in and shot a stranger in cold blood?
I've been traveling for years in business and can & # 39; I won't tell you how many times I've found myself on the wrong floor. And I had not only worked fifteen hours shift. In many hotels and apartment buildings, the floors look the same. Mistakes can be made. I'm not saying this has happened. But until the court rules, there are really two sides to this story.
Donald Algren, San Antonio
Adults should act for children
While student protest marches on climate change should be admired, I'm afraid that, just like Florida students protest after school shootings, the president and Congress will not take action because students cannot vote.
I think kids will see more results if they ask their parents, grandmothers and his grandparents, etc. to talk about them in the voting booth. If adults, for their children and grandchildren, do not act by voting for ineffective politicians, then nothing will change about climate or mass shootings.
John Lopez, Dallas / Lake Highlands
Re: "North Texans Join the Global Struggle for Change", Saturday news on Saturday.
I was very horrified to see young people around the world gather in huge quantities to demand action on climate change. They will bear most of the difficulties. But what I missed was any suggestion for concrete action. In order to avoid the oncoming disaster, drastic changes in our lifestyle and at least in our western standard of living will be required. Simply put, we need to stop burning fossil fuels. At this stage, more efficient appliances, better insulated buildings and increased car mileage requirements are too little, too late, especially when the current administration is opposed to all of them.
So what do you offer? And keep in mind that any proposal should require sacrifices from you, as well as from everyone else. Ready to give up your cell phones, computers and other electronic gadgets that consume unsold kilowatts for work and recharge? Are you ready to drop the air conditioning in your homes and schools? Heating? Uber rides? Will you take these steps even if they are not a government mandate? These are difficult things. Calling lawmakers to act is not enough; we need to hear what you think they should do. And then you will have to work to achieve it.
Chuck Snackard, Dallas / Northern Oak Rock
Climate inaction costs more
Subject: "Environmental justice for all – With black and brown communities vulnerable to pollution, national leaders need to fight a healthier future, "by Aubrey Hooper, Sunday Opinion.
Mr. Hooper wrote truths that we should all think about and act on. Climate change is vital for all of us. Those who claim such actions are too costly do not include in their calculations the costs of fossil fuels and power that they create: excess sickness and death, homes and businesses destroyed by storms, floods and fire. Investments in the United States to reduce excess carbon dioxide, methane and other emissions will pay off within 20 years, according to the second state of the carbon cycle report released last November. Those who damage our atmosphere should start paying for the damage.
Christine A. Gouldy, Dallas
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