Don’t blame Beach cops


I cannot believe that Fabiola Santiago, in her Aug. 11 column, A promising art career cut short, would defend vandalism, the deliberate defacing of property and unlawful mischief, while calling the Miami Beach police “a law enforcement agency with a shameful history of misconduct and excessive use of force.”

One officer Tasered Israel Hernandez-Llach, who ran from police. Had the youth obeyed police orders instead of then charging at them, as police say, there would have been no need to Taser him.

Santiago is giving free rein to graffiti artists, by saying that such vandalism is an expression of their artistry. She is arguing that artists have every right to express themselves in any way they see fit, regardless of whether others’ rights are being violated. It is unfortunate that Hernandez-Llach died. But do not blame police who were only doing their jobs.

Stanley Flax, Surfside

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