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Opinion: Police officers must be respected

I noted with interest the piece in the paper, Nov. 14-15, on “use of force complaints.” One complaint concerned tight application of handcuffs.

My teenage shenanigans are nothing to be proud of, but I have a visible scar on my right wrist where cuffs were put on me by a Gainesville police officer over 40 years ago. The husky officer squeezed them on with all, or nearly all, of his strength. I had numb spots on the sides of my hands for years. My left wrist also had a visible scar for many years.

All I had done was a crazy 18-year-old stunt in an automobile. Many rapists and murderers probably didn’t get treated as rough as I did, simply because the officers were so wrought up when they finally caught up with me. I complained that the cuffs were too tight, but all they did was try to squeeze them on tighter. Complaining didn’t work back in those days.

In spite of all that, I am still not supportive of the movement that’s afoot to intimidate officers of the law. I carry no grudge because of my own experience, though I did for a long time. It’s gone now. The officers can’t do their job if they have to stand and let offenders run away from them or if they have to run risks with people who may be armed and dangerous.

If a person refuses to cooperate, they should then be held responsible for whatever type of injury they incur (politico incorrecto). As it concerns George Floyd, I believe he was murdered and the officer should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law (capital punishment excluded). Nevertheless, if he (George Floyd) resisted arrest, he got himself killed and that part should not be swept under the rug. Law enforcement officers must be respected by the criminal or they cannot fulfill their duties of protecting the law abiding citizens of our country.

Roger Corn


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