After reading the article “Chief, sheriff discuss Minnesota death,” I was impressed and somewhat comforted with the comments made by the chief. But I have to admit I was disappointed by the sheriff. Especially when he said “if people would simply comply with a lawful order, they wouldn’t find themselves in those situations.”

A mutual friend of ours told me that Arnold had to be careful not to “offend” his supporters. That may be true but if it is, it disappoints me even more. Because I am one of his supporters. I support his department, his deputies and I have voted for him time and time again.

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Michael Barrow

The Editorial Board of the Houston Chronicle agrees with you:


First of all I agree with the writer's view of the quoted comment made by the Sheriff, and also the sentiment that if just one officer had intervened by saying enough, stop!

As I have commented upon in the past, statements are often quoted out of context in news reports allowing readers to interpret their meaning. Was the Sheriff was alluding to the fact that those who don't comply with the law are subject to arrest, or was he justifying the force which caused the suspect;s death? I prefer to believe that the latter interpretation is highly unlikely.

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