Police overreact

 

The July 12 editorial, A damning report, may only scratch the surface of “entrenched ... failings in use-of-force practices” by police. My 20-year-old son was arrested twice in the first six months of this year.

Like most parents, we trusted he’d done something grave enough to warrant a night in the county jail. After all police don’t waste time or impose on the rights of others without good reason, right? It’s clear we were wrong.

An arrest for taking a photo of a police procedure from a moving bike and a second arrest with unclear charges that were later dropped without any judicial notification have left us wondering over the “trickle down” of a seductive Patriot Act mentality in our local police.

It’s left our son with an unhealthy paranoia of all uniformed authority and fear of retaliation if he files a complaint.

Robert Dollar, Miami

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