My sincere congratulations to Sgt. Matt McShane for not shooting an unarmed Black man while making an arrest (“'I almost shot an unarmed Black man': Duluth officer's Facebook post goes viral,” Aug. 28). That would have been the last thing Duluth or our country needed.

Also, congratulations to Sgt. McShane for sharing the thoughts that were in his mind at the time, providing useful insight to those of us who do not work in law enforcement into what such encounters feel like.

But shame on Sgt. McShane for seemingly comparing the suspect to a dangerous animal whose existence threatens the safety of the community. Were Sgt. McShane’s fears really the product of his personal experiences performing his job? Or were they the result of a police culture poisoned by irrational attitudes about Black citizens?

John K. Trepp


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