Letters to the Editor

First of all, kudos to the management of McNally’s to have the moxie to tell it like it is.

As far as professional athletes are concerned, they “play” in this country for millions of dollars and then have the audacity to disrespect the country, flag and national anthem—during events at which they are being paid to perform—by voicing their displeasure at alleged social injustices. I am not interested in what they think and could care less.

Pro athletes should, however, have the opportunity to voice their views. They should rent a venue; call a press conference; and speak their mind. I don’t want to be forced to listen or witness their collective tripe when a substantial number of their ranks are criminals.

Emily Schmidt refers (Letters to the Editor, Sept. 2) to the “murder of George Floyd,” alluding to the media’s presumption that the police killed him.

First off, such “victims” were engaged in criminal activity that necessitated police response. Secondly, they refused to obey the lawful orders of the responding officers and escalated the situation by resisting arrest and using physical force to defeat a lawful arrest.

Video of the encounter shows the police made reasonable efforts to accommodate Mr. Floyd, but he didn’t want to go back to jail. The media said he cried out 23 times that he couldn’t breathe. In order to talk, air must pass over the vocal chords; a person has to breathe to talk.

Incidentally, the medical examiner’s protocol failed to disclose any evidence of asphyxiation caused by the police in the throat tissue, esophagus and cervical spine. No petechial hemorrhaging was noted, which is typically present during a strangulation.

Floyd died as a result of his own criminal actions. The police were not the cause of his death.

I have no aversion to law-abiding black people. I don’t welcome black criminals or any other color criminals to Beverly. The moral ethos of many black people is that a perceived injustice is justification for civil disobedience, looting, arson, robbery, burglary and aggravated battery. Perhaps Ms. Schmidt would like to offer sanctuary to the criminals from the Lumes shooting who, by the way, are black.

The police are not perfect; they are human just like the rest of us. Some bad apples exist, but they usually don’t last long. The profession of law enforcement is constantly trying to oversee its members to be better at their job. But, it’s a thankless job protecting the sheep who would be prey to the wolves.

There is nothing to fear from the police if you are not engaging in criminal behavior. Do what you are told, and if you feel you are not being treated fairly, use the mechanisms in place for dealing with alleged police misconduct.

Nothing will be settled on the street and will most likely end badly if the safety of officers is threatened.

Coincidentally, according to statistca.com, over 200,000 cases of death resulting from medical mistakes have been reported nationally this year, compared to 445 deaths with police involvement: 242 being white, 123 being black and 80 being Hispanic.

Emily, the next time you feel threatened or violated, how about calling Black Lives Matter and forget 911? See how that works for you.

Don McGrath

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