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June 1, 2014 at 8:51 AM

SPD lawsuit: Police have unenviable job

We, of course, know that some cops misbehave. They are supposed to be human after all. But I’m strongly inclined to believe that they are being treated unfairly ["Seattle cops sue over DOJ reforms," Local News, May 28].

I can’t think of a tougher job, one that I know I couldn’t do. Walk a mile in their shoes if you want to get an idea of just how tough a job it is. Most of us have attended events in Seattle and elsewhere and have seen and heard how some ordinarily rational folks behave when fueled to excess by drug or alcohol. Can you imagine having to deal with these people?

And these folks are not normally the losers and outright criminals that inhabit Seattle streets. Even riding a bus downtown gets uncomfortable sometimes. The only other city I have ever felt uncomfortable walking the downtown streets was New Orleans, and they’ve certainly had plenty of policing problems of their own. Consequently, most folks we know no longer go to downtown Seattle except to drive through on the way somewhere else.

I’m usually pretty liberally minded, but I think that Seattle politics has gone too far on this. Seattle is growing, and the problems of policing the city will grow with it. Best get it solved quickly.

Don Curtis, Clinton

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