The Times makes two points in "No Room for Street Justice" (editorial, Jan. 25). First, the public is best served when incidents of alleged police abuse are investigated in a "more deliberate process" than was the case in Inglewood. The second point reminds police officers and agencies that they have a responsibility to remain professional and "discipline rogue officers."
Inglewood Mayor Roosevelt Dorn continues to miss the first point in his zeal to enforce the second. Mayors are elected to have foresight, not hindsight. A responsible leader with confidence in his organization would have recognized the officers involved had a right to due process that equaled the concerns of the community. Dorn should have directed his chief of police to conduct a thorough and fair investigation without being burdened by his public proclamation of their guilt.
If he had, instead of bending to the community activists, Inglewood wouldn't be opening the city's pocketbook now. That is the real message public officials and police agencies should heed from the jury award.
Eric E. Castano
The Times has finally said something that is absolutely true: There is no place for street justice by police officers. But there is another truth that gets overlooked time and time again: Do as instructed by the police, don't resist us and don't fight us and nothing bad (except for some jail time if you committed a crime) will happen to you.