Letters to the Editor

Citizen board should not be second-guessing police

Bette Shultz

Olympia

I read that an appointment of a Citizen’s Review Board is being considered to review actions of law enforcement Thurston County. I do not think that this type of board is appropriate unless members of the board have walked in the shoes of a law enforcement officer who is faced with making a split decision based on their training to ensure the safety of the public, themselves and the alleged offender.

This would be like a group of citizens deciding how a doctor should treat patients. I understand citizens may have some concerns in maybe a specific event. However, if a person is doing something illegal, they have to use common sense and have respect for authority. If a law enforcement officer tells you to do something, do it or else conflict comes into play. Respect for authority is seriously lacking today.

When I was a kid you did what anyone in authority told you to do and if you didn’t you had to deal with not only their actions, you also had to deal with your parents. Law enforcement and fire service put their lives on the line. They are under pressure when they respond to a call. Now people want to start reviewing their actions whenever they want. Talk about pressure.

Support them. Don’t question their actions unless you want to take over their jobs. Again, we need to have more respect for authority and use more common sense.

Bette Shultz

Olympia

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