Reader: Denver police shouldn't go soft on crime because citizens demand accountability
Good comments often beget more good comments, as proved to be the case with yesterday's Comment of the Day post in which a Denver Police officer argued that biased discipline against the DPD may make everyone less safe. The opinion drew this impassioned response.
This is absolutely unacceptable. Cops cannot threaten to be soft on crime just because citizens demand accountability. Those who are armed with weapons and are trained by tax payer money should be held to a standard that the taxpayers demand.
Perhaps if we created circumstances in which police actually felt connected to the communities they served, we wouldn't even be having this discussion. Police used to patrol neighborhoods on foot and by bicycle, forced to interact with citizens and businesses. They became deeply ingrained in community safety. Today, they drive about in their cars, talking on their cell phones, completely disconnected from the neighborhoods they patrol. If the police refuse to serve because they are accountable for their actions (as individuals), then it is time for the people of Denver to create a movement of community safety from within, not from above.
For more memorable takes, visit our Comment of the Day archive.
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