In response to "Where's the Outrage for Dead Police?" by George Aliano, president of the Los Angeles Police Protective League (Commentary, March 18):.
Aliano tragically misses the point of the public's outrage. We are not ungrateful for those who put their lives on the line by calling for an investigation of criminal actions by bad cops. We seek justice.
It seems that Aliano has forgotten what it means to be a plain, average, law-abiding citizen, because he doesn't seem to see the difference between police who have been killed in the line of duty and citizens who have been brutalized and killed by the police.
The basic difference is that when officers of the law are confronted by lawless thugs who may try to kill them, they have the permission of society, if necessary, to use deadly force. But when plain, average, unarmed citizens are confronted by lawless thugs who hide behind cop badges, they have no defense.