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Local readers share their thoughts on protests, West Linn police department

I stand with protestors

I am writing to express my deeply held solidarity with the protests that are amassing all over Earth. I won't tell you whether I am black, brown or white, male or female. It isn't necessary for me to point out an inescapable fact of birth. That's obvious. But another inescapable fact of birth is that we are all human. And because of the connectedness in the human species, what I do to one human being, I do to all human beings. To try to distance oneself from the desperation and call for justice that is being played out on city streets is to deny one's own humanity. To kill another human being is to kill part of oneself; to try to lift another human being up is to lift oneself up. There is a way to stop brutality, injustice and inequality: to remember that we truly share a humanity that expresses ineffable vulnerability, yet lives side by side with a spirit of creativity, innovation and deep connection. This moment of history that we're living in is part of a big picture of transition: for society and for each of us as individuals who do have the power to make changes for the good of all.

M. E. Weick

Milwaukie

West Linn Police should be held accountable

I am the former Deputy Appellate Defender for the State of Michigan, as well as the State of California. I am presently a resident of West Linn, Oregon and a well published writer of legal matters.

Clackamas County Prosecutor Chris Owen has made findings that ex-West Linn Police Chief, Timeus, and cop, Tony Reeves, were corrupt cops.

By my count, these corrupt cops committed multiple obvious felonies, including: second degree kidnapping, theft, assault, making a false police report, witness intimidation, obstruction of justice, false arrest, destruction of evidence and hate crime.

Why have they not been arrested and jailed?

As well, should present West Linn Police Chief, Kruger, who is on desk leave, be investigated for murder because he shot Deontae Keller in the back? Although the case was investigated, I'm not aware of any instance where a police officer was charged with murder in 1995. There is no statute of limitations for murder, so Kruger could be charged today when we have become more aware of wrongful police behavior.

Time for prosecution to take action against corrupt cops and present moral leadership.

David Goldstein

West Linn

Peaceful protestors should be protected

With the recent death of another Black American at the hands of white police officers and the resulting violence, the (perhaps apocryphal) 1976 statement attributed to Polish General Jaruzelski and made to his Politburo members — during the political upheaval and protests leading the fall of the Communist government — that "Polish soldiers will not fire on (that is, will not kill) Polish workers" came to mind.

Perhaps if more of our leaders from police chiefs to mayors to governors and to the President thought the same, that peaceful protesters — whether red, yellow, brown, black or white — were "Fellow Americans" rather than "The Enemy," things might get better faster.

James H Fenner

Lake Oswego


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