I am sickened that a Broward County deputy has been indicted for shooting a man perceived to be a threat while carrying an air rifle that looked like a deadly weapon. How was the deputy supposed to know it ws not a life-threatening weapon? Plus, the man did not drop the rifle when the deputy told him to. Witnesses said that the man was wearing earbuds.
As a former police officer, I recommend that all officers stop responding to calls where they will confront a situation in which they will have to make a split-second decision. In today’s atmosphere, they can never win. Black lives matter, it seems, but blue lives don’t.
Alfredo Hidalgo-Gato, Miami