Re "Policy on pepper spray questioned," Nov. 15
A combative suspect spits what could be disease-loaded saliva at the arresting officer. To prevent another spit, the officer pepper sprays the suspect and the spitting stops. Only American Civil Liberties Union lawyers and other liberals who line up behind them would consider the officer's actions appalling.
I suggest that ACLU lawyer Catherine Lhamon go into the dirty, dangerous side of society and arrest someone who will do whatever it takes to avoid being arrested. Handcuffs do not render suspects harmless.
\f7Los Angeles Police Chief William J. Bratton said that no crime was committed when officers pepper sprayed a handcuffed man. If pepper spraying a handcuffed man is not against the law, then the laws need to be changed.
We have to stop rationalizing abhorrent behavior by cops. If the district attorney's office finds no laws being broken, one can only infer that they are in collusion to protect rogue cops and keep the relationship between the LAPD and the district attorney's office behind rose-colored glasses and a big blue wall.