Community painting blame without the facts

Dear editor,

Re: Police incident in Cumberland.

I am somewhat concerned hearing, seeing and reading all about the opinions of people regarding the unfortunate incident with a minor and a police officer.

Now thank God we have the good fortune  to live in a country that values freedom of speech.

What concerns me is the impact our words and beliefs are having on our community, a man’s profession and a child’s  future. I do know one thing and that is we don’t have all the facts. And yet we have painted blame with a large emotional brush, due to partial truths. I think it is great that we stand strong and support each other when we believe an injustice has occurred.

But on the side of caution should we remember innocent till proven guilty  and in this case  should it not  apply to all involved?

Is there room for improvement in our judicial system? Absolutely.

Should there be a conversation about how our respect for each other has changed over the years? I believe so.

Being part of the solution instead of contributing to the problem may begin with gathering the facts and working towards preventing this kind of unfortunate event in the future.

Leona Castle





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