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Letters to the Editor Thursday, April 15

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Support efforts to end police brutality

I joined All of Us, Schenectady NAACP, and Schenectady Clergy Against Hate to protest the police use of knee to head restraint, as justified in specific circumstances.
There should be no debate on this issue as the nationwide pain and grief unfolds at the trial of Derek Chauvin, accused of the murder of George Floyd. This restraint should be banned along with chokeholds, hogties, and shooting at moving vehicles.
All of Us, a local coalition of young people in Schenectady, issued 13 reasonable demands targeted to prevent police brutality and abuse of power.
They called for sanctions against racism, transparency of police actions and records, accountability for any mistreatment by the police, and a demilitarization of the police.
They stressed restorative practices and conflict resolution necessary components of community policing. Schenectady needs an independent civilian review board with the power to investigate police misbehavior and hold police accountable.
A mental health crisis team outside the police department could eliminate many tragedies of people experiencing mental health crises. I urge the mayor, police chief, safety commissioner and City Council to listen and act on these recommendations.
Mabel Leon
Schenectady

 

Impeachment must be for legit reasons

I see in the news that Andy Cuomo is in big trouble now.
A lot of folks want to have him impeached, mainly due to recent allegations of his sexual indiscretions. Well, let me say that I’m in no way a Cuomo supporter. I consider him to be arrogant, obnoxious and overbearing.
However, to impeach him over what is assumed to be sexual misconduct is totally misguided and inappropriate.
Get real. He is simply not guilty of this transgression.
Take a look at his background; his parents and relatives are all from southern Italy and Sicily. In that part of the world, displays of affection are much more graphic than what we are accustomed to in our sheltered and very prudish Western culture.
People kissing friends and even strangers on the cheeks is not at all out of line in their world, and yes, it is not uncommon to see men kissing other men when they meet.
From our distorted Western world perception, such activity may seem pornographic but believe me it is not. I’ve encountered many individuals who became highly agitated after witnessing such man-kissing episodes. I’ve even heard a story of several senior citizens who went catatonic after witnessing such activity.
My point here is that although Cuomo’s behavior may seem to be out of line, actually it is not. So I say impeaching Cuomo is likely a worthy goal. But if you intend to do it, make certain that you narrow it down to truly legitimate reasons.
Thomas M. Koch
Schenectady

America is worth major investment

Bravo Peter Jensen on your April 11 article “Infrastructure: Pay now or pay (even more) later.”
Those who criticize spending trillions of dollars now are pushing the cost, which will be much higher, on our children.
Our crumbling roads and bridges, if not repaired/replaced, will become death traps. Remember the Schoharie Creek bridge collapse? Do we want to see loss of life again because we chose not to spend money?
The Band-Aid mentality of fixing pipes, especially the lead pipes, is costing more in the long run than replacing them now.
Isn’t our health and the health of our children worth the cost?
Why are we punishing those children that don’t have access to computers? Those that don’t have access are the ones that need them most. ALL children have the right to a good education. Their ability to learn should not be put on the back burner.
Have we learned nothing from the pandemic?
Veterans, health care workers and teachers need a safe, healthy and stable place to work and administer services to those that need it.
Isn’t it time that big corporations help monetarily?
I don’t begrudge any company or person from making a profit. But isn’t it time for them to spend some of those profits on America and not just putting money in executives’ pockets.
We as Americans are worth the expense.
Deborah Bender
Schoharie

 

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22 Comments

William Marincic

Mabel Leon When you don’t comply with the lawful police order and you resist arrest you are risking your life. There is no if, ands, or buts about it, a police officer’s job is to take you into custody if you resist arrest you are risking your life. We are making heroes out of criminals and thugs.

LOUIS RESTIFO

Mabel Leon, I commend you for taking an active part in fighting for Justice and equality. Thank you for your spot on letter. You express my very views.

William Marincic, I don’t know how you sleep at night, or look at yourself in the mirror.

The insurrectionists were criminals and thugs breaking the law, and were not complying with lawful orders to leave the property. I wonder why the Capitol police didn’t open fire on the entire crowd or start choking some of them to death. I’m certain you would have agreed with that tactic Bill.

Please stop trying to be the non-whites’ Mommy.
It’s not that simple, it’s not that easy and you know it.
But you’re going to do whatever it takes to absolve the cops from responsibility, aren’t you.

It’s almost like you have something to hide, eh? The way you fawn over law enforcement.

FRED BARNEY

Mabel Leon has offered the theory that the country would be better off if the cost of resisting arrest was lowered. I wonder why the socially concerned has not made an issue about the health effects of resisting arrest are not mention. The only two reasons I can find for this choice are: They are bigots masquerading as decent people; or that are that they consider Black males to be too stupid to benefit from some friendly advice.

LOUIS RESTIFO

I couldn’t let yesterday’s last, late night post slide:

Tiny
April 15th, 2021
can someone tell me why people dont listen to what the police tells them to do?

Here’s your answer Tiny

The vast majority of cops are good cops, but there is absolutely no doubt that some are racist, some are corrupt and some are on a power trip. They are not God. They can be dead wrong. Literally.

Racists cops on a tough guy power trip, can and have pulled people of color over simply because the don’t like black people. PERIOD. That is a part of what racism is. It’s out there and it’s very real.

Far to often black people, especially so young black males, are victims of what I just described. Caron Nazario the black Army lieutenant who was driving a brand new vehicle, with a temporary plate in the rear window is a typical example of exactly that.
Please, please watch the video and if you believe, now fired, ex officer Joe Gutierrez’s behavior was anything but deplorable you need your head examined.

Far, far to often bad racists cops, and I reiterate not the good cops, quite literally play judge jury and executioner of young black males. These cops judge these people to be no good, they become a one man jury finding them guilty of the crime of resisting arrest, and far to often the bad cop becomes the executioner of the innocent victim.

So to more simply answer your question, “can someone tell me why people don’t listen to what the police tells them to do?”
Perhaps it because they’re sick and tired of being discriminated against, and don’t want to risk being abused or possibly killed by the likes of a renegade cop.

William Aiken

Perhaps it because they’re sick and tired of being discriminated against, and don’t want to risk being abused or possibly killed by the likes of a renegade cop.

When you resist arrest you are dramatically increasing the odds of being killed by police. There are mechanisms in our legal system to address police misconduct. The time for exercising those remedies is not when you’re being placed under arrest.

The media routinely fails to mention(as they did in the Wright case) when someone who is killed by police, the conflict began with them resisting arrest. Not complying is getting people killed. This omission in their reporting helps to further divide the country. Yet, the media continues to report this narrative that police are out to get African-Americans since that ubiquitous lie bolsters their ratings and bottom line.

Last I checked, resisting arrest is a misdemeanor and is not punishable by death. Even if it were punishable by death, that is for a court and a judge/jury to determine, not law enforcement. You know what else increases the odds of being killed by police? Having veteran officers on your force that don’t know the difference between a gun and a taser. Also, having officers on your force that think a subject that is handcuffed in the prone position is trying to “resist arrest” and therefore deserves to be choked to death. Also, having officers on your force that think shooting and killing unarmed subjects that are running AWAY from you, is appropriate police procedure.

LOUIS RESTIFO

FRED BARNEY
April 15th, 2021
Matt go back to your law books – protecting yourself from assault is every American’s right!

Except if you’re a innocent black citizen being assaulted by bad cop. Right Fred?

“When you resist arrest you are dramatically increasing the odds of being killed by police. There are mechanisms in our legal system to address police misconduct. The time for exercising those remedies is not when you’re being placed under arrest. ”

If you have mental health or drug dependency issues, or you’ve been part of an oppressed class for generations, you may not have the presence of mind to comply. And evidence is readily available (if you’re interested in the truth) that even compliance isn’t a guarantee you’ll survive. The “Defund the police” movement is about reallocating law enforcement budgets to deal with these social problems and move away from building a mini-military.

So “comply, don’t die” is a totally empty statement that belongs with “thoughts and prayers” in the book of “sux-to-be-you” quotations.

Stop trying to make non-whites out to be the problem. Black Lives Matter equally to all other lives.

FRED BARNEY

(1) Stop trying to make non-whites out to be the problem.

(2) Black Lives Matter equally to all other lives.

With respect to the first point George Floyd was high on two illegal drugs at the time of his death. Since his family know about his drug problem and did not turn in his dealer point one is of doubtful merit.

With respect to the second point is is correct if you interpret it mean that Black lives matters as those of St. Clare retirees.

“With respect to the first point George Floyd was high on two illegal drugs at the time of his death. Since his family know about his drug problem and did not turn in his dealer point one is of doubtful merit.”
-Yeah, so we should just kill him. Or, Cancel him.

“With respect to the second point is is correct if you interpret it mean that Black lives matters as those of St. Clare retirees.”
-???

Thoughts and prayers for you, Fred.

LOUIS RESTIFO

“There are mechanisms in our legal system to address police misconduct”….. Of which many for decades have been internal investigation that amount to nothing. Like the fox guarding the chicken coop.

Police Misconduct, as bad as it is now, was in all likely more prevalent in years past. It’s just now being more exposed and brought to the surface because of civilian phone and police camera video. In all likelihood, if not for the Floyd killing video, Derek Chauvin would have been on paid administrative leave and back on the force by now.

Mr. Aiken, I implore you to watch the Caron Nazario arrest video and then give me your assessment.

William Aiken

You can find a video of a bad apple cop to make your point. That’s proves nothing. Though the left claims these videos indict law enforcement as a whole. What you won’t find is empirical data that supports your narrative. The police have 30 millions interactions with citizen, each year. Police shootings of unarmed men are extremely rare. The fact is cases of police brutality have significantly declined since the 1970s and 1980s.

The country has never less racist. Yet, the left loves to stir up the racial pot with the false narrative that policing is systemically racist. You have a problem with telling African-Americans to comply with law enforcement when its advice that can save the lives of those you claim to care about.

I posted this yesterday, and I’ll post it every time one of you racist, self-entitled zombies thinks you can spew your “feelings” in public thinking they’re reality.
Feel free to shoot this down:

“The rate of fatal police shootings in the United States shows large differences based on ethnicity. Among Black Americans, the rate of fatal police shootings between 2015 and March 2021 stood at 35 per million of the population, while for White Americans, the rate stood at 14 fatal police shootings per million of the population.”
https://www.statista.com/statistics/1123070/police-shootings-rate-ethnicity-us/

CYNTHIA SWANSON

It’s probably naive to ask this, but in the case of Caron Nazario, whatever happened to the officer politely saying, “License and registration, please.” Instead, this troglodyte begins shouting and intimidating, then pepperspraying. He was stopped for an apparent minor violation, if that. He was no threat to that officer, and drove slowly to a well-lighted area, and signaled doing so.

I hope he sues and wins, and that cop should be fired.

My understanding is he was ostensibly stopped for no license plates, yet a still image from one of the cops’ bodycam as he exited the patrol car clearly shows the legal temporary plate taped in the upper right corner of the rear window of Nazario’s car.

Based on all the known facts, Nazario did nothing wrong.

comply, don’t die.

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A 13-year-old boy had his hands up when he was shot dead by a Chicago cop last month, according to stunning body-camera video released Thursday afternoon.

Adam Toledo did not appear to be holding a gun when he was shot, contrary to what authorities said after the March 29 incident.

The release of the gruesome video left the city bracing for chaos. The shooting in an alley on the city’s West Side had generated protests even before the clip was made public. (Warning: The video is graphic.)

In the footage, which was published by the city’s Civilian Office of Police Accountability, Toledo races away from cops down an alley. An officer, identified in a police report as Eric Stillman, demands that the teen stop, then shouts at him to “show me your f—ing hands.”

Toledo stops, turns and raises his hands. Then a gunshot rings out, and Toledo crumples to the ground. Blood coats his face and sweatshirt.

Prior to the release of the video, Mayor Lori Lightfoot addressed reporters and the city on Thursday, describing it as “incredibly difficult to watch.”
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https://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/ny-adam-toledo-body-camera-video-released-chicago-police-20210415-k4jgf54ccfgfvhuj34py26xoza-story.html

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