This letter is in response to the full-page ad taken out in your paper by the American Civil Liberties Union headlined "Who Do You Call When The Gang Wears Blue Uniforms?" (March 12). The ad calls for the resignation of Gates and asks for money and support to assist its crusade.
To gain attention and raise public sentiment in favor of its cause, the ACLU parallels all "blue uniforms" to a gang. This insinuation was both distasteful and insensitive to the men and women in blue uniforms. Most of these officers, who proudly wear their uniforms, give great effort day after day to stop the gang violence the ACLU has equated them with.
The ACLU noted the millions of dollars given to victims of police violence last year by the city. However, the ACLU failed to mention the millions spent on police officers who were hurt, disabled or killed as a result of violents acts. Where was the ACLU then to protect their liberties?
I was just as shocked as the rest of the world and am outraged at what those officers did on the night of March 3rd. Police officers are drawn from society and like everyone are capable of any behavior. When that behavior crosses the line, the LAPD has the strictest "use of force" policy in the nation to curtail brutality.