Keep officers' side in mind

Regarding the front-page article, "Excessive Force," in the Feb. 13 paper. This article is very concerning to me. It goes into detail on one side of the story, while the accused officers and police department are appropriately mute until a thorough investigation is complete.

I have a lot of respect for our law enforcement officers. They get thrown into a lot of bad situations and are expected to perform perfectly 100 percent of the time when most of us would fail by not taking enough action, or going overboard. This situation must have been quite bad if the teachers and parent who was present weren't able to control the student. When the police were called in, I'm sure it wasn't for them to stand in the corner with hands in pocket, but to take control of the situation. I don't want to see the court of public opinion condemn the policemen involved without knowing all of the facts. Even police officers are innocent until proven guilty, and I am glad they are out there protecting us even when we don't defend them.


Garden City