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Reader's view: Call over possible burglary the right thing to do

Would it be reasonable that a homeowner should be grateful if police are able to respond quickly to a call about what appears to be a home burglary? Would you be grateful if your neighbor was alert and willing to help protect your property when i...

Would it be reasonable that a homeowner should be grateful if police are able to respond quickly to a call about what appears to be a home burglary? Would you be grateful if your neighbor was alert and willing to help protect your property when it appeared a burglary was in progress? And, if you were "caught" breaking into your own house, would you be a little embarrassed and apologize to the police for taking them away from other "real" duties? If you lost, or forgot your key, or if you could not unlock your door, why would you break the door down instead of calling a locksmith? Would it hurt you to behave courteously and in a civil, respectful manner while the police try to do their job? Could you restrain yourself from the use of foul, offensive, defiant language?

Before jumping to conclusions that a police inquiry has to have political motives or was based on some deep-seated prejudice of long-standing, could an intelligent, enlightened, highly-respected member of the faculty of one of the world's premier academic institutions restrain himself?

The expressions of rage that followed the incident involving Harvard University professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., showed a lack of dignity, respect and support for those who do the dirty, dangerous work of protecting us from crime and threats to our neighborhoods.

Our law-enforcement professionals deserve a sincere and direct apology from the Harvard professor and from our president for their conduct.

Earl J. Currie
Warba

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