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December 24, 2014 at 4:16 PM

Police slayings: End the culture of violence

My heart goes out to the families of the slain policemen of the New York Police Department, just as it does to the families of Michael Brown and Eric Garner [“After deaths of police and citizens, remember that all lives matter,” Opinion, Dec. 23].

There is a deeper problem in this country than racism or policing: our culture of violence. Not just acts of violence, but the rhetoric of violence.

Scapegoating police is as futile and shortsighted as scapegoating young black men. We all need to learn how to deal with our rage without using weapons or incendiary language.

Violent acts flow from violent words, as thunder follows lightning.

Fred LaMotte, Steilacoom

Comments | More in police | Topics: Eric Garner, Fred LaMotte, Michael Brown

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