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Rioting and Responsibility

June 05, 1992

I feel the title "When the Self Comes First, We All Suffer" more appropriately describes the actual event that triggered the outcome of the riots rather than the rioters themselves. That Officer Laurence Powell and others were unable to say "we are human and therefore make errors in judgment occasionally. We are sorry for our inappropriate actions and the physical and emotional injuries we gave to Mr. King." Instead, they demonstrated concern only for their own welfare and not that of justice or truth; a complete disregard for others' feelings.

Had these arrogant officers apologized to the public and pleaded guilty as they should have, countless lives and businesses would have been saved. So it is true that we have all suffered together for the selfishness of a few arrogant men, who are so deluded, along with the jury, to believe themselves innocent of their crime simply because they wear a badge.

CHERYL BEHUNIN

Manhattan Beach

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