Letter to the Editor

Trump says ‘Don’t be too nice’

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

I hadn’t planned to submit a letter this week, but after hearing President Trump’s speech to a group of law enforcement officers at Long Island, New York, recently, I just could not be silent. His speech was notorious for its embrace of aggressive tactics of police officers. He encouraged police not to be concerned about physical harm to people taken into custody. Laws are stacked against police, he said: “Don’t be too nice!”

This, in the face of massive concern and demonstrations to protest police brutality around the country. In fact, Oct. 22 has been designated as the “National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality.” While it is true that there have been violent gang incidents, it does not justify telling our officers to also act with brutality. I hope no one reading this letter is ever mistakenly identified and arrested for a crime they did not commit and the arresting officer follows President Trump’s directive. Remember, you are innocent until proven guilty.

Robert Sneitzer

Spirit Lake