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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

April 3, 2013 at 6:05 PM

Seattle police criticized in May Day report

Protesters at fault, not police

A Seattle Police officer rips apart a protest flag during a 2012 May Day rally march in downtown Seattle.

A Seattle Police officer rips apart a protest flag during a 2012 May Day rally march in downtown Seattle.

So the May Day protesters can break windows and destroy property to their hearts content, but the Seattle police have to wreak some level of perfection while dealing with the mess? [“May Day report slams police,” page one, April 3.]To anyone who has a complaint about the SPD’s response to the May Day mayhem, please feel free to join the force, put on a badge, and show the cops how to deal with a chaotic mass of clones who have complaints about everything but solutions for nothing.

It takes neither intelligence nor gumption to engage in a mob-mentality riot. It takes intelligence, strength, patience, bravery and fortitude — to name just a few qualities — to be a city cop. Indeed, without the SPD, there would be no Seattle. Without May Day protesters, on the other hand, we’d get along just fine.

So shouldn’t we be criticizing the protesters?

Richard Askren, Seattle

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