Reader letter: Political entitlement pales in comparison to police acts of violence

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Re: Entitlement assumptions of politicians insulting — Brown-John column, Jan. 8

It is very normal for people to choose their battles, but we would hope those who are experienced social commentators would put the most important battles at the top of their list.

Lloyd Brown-John gets a full column in order to express his concern over the entitlements used by political officials that were contrary to recommendations regarding social distancing during the pandemic and not engaging in travel in order to minimize the potential danger to many of us who have particular vulnerabilities.

Surely, he must have seen the very many examples, even in Canada, of police personnel going beyond the maintenance of the public safety and presuming their entitlements allow them to engage in the imposition of justice to a subgroup of people on the street — namely killing of Blacks.

These were people who, in many cases, were simply protesting or not engaging in any violent activities which put the public (or police) in immediate mortal danger.

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The term “Back Lives Matter” is significant when juxtaposed with treatment on the street some members of police forces impose on people they deem not in their class level of entitlement.

Unfortunately, distinguishing features — skin colour, race or gender — are at times used in a cavalier manner to make such decisions on the street.

I feel the murder of people on the street is a more serious and immediate evil to be addressed in our society than the misuse by politicians of entitlements — as bad as they may be — by those who should be leading exemplars of societal behaviour.

Intentional taking of a life is a worse behaviour than being cavalier about unintended, but real possible injury to the pubic.

Philip H. Alexander, Windsor

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