Re "Ex-Officer Admits to Robberies," Oct. 20: I just need to know what the point is of your latest police-bashing. Ruben Palomares is in prison. Only one other LAPD officer was involved and has resigned. The incident is now 3 years old. Of course the buzzword "Rampart" is important in selling newspapers.
Are there that many police-bashing people out there? Is this an attempt to erode the shaky confidence citizens have in the Police Department? This follows the articles on suspect police shootings (Oct. 17-18). I worked for the Los Angeles Police Department for some 31 years and admit we have our bad eggs. We usually find them and fire them, as we did with Rafael Perez.
Robert G. Rose
I am ashamed to have been with LAPD for 20 years. God help L.A.
Re "Frequent Fire," Oct. 18: I'm a 27-year law enforcement veteran with a large Southern California department. I read with interest your article about the high number of shootings some LAPD officers have had. You missed one important item that I learned a long time ago: If all police officers fired their weapons at suspects every time they were legally and morally justified in doing so, the streets would run red with blood.