Wow! At least one police chief has the right idea:
Police Chief: Respecting Authority Means Respecting Protestors
When a pro-cop citizen wrote the Nashville Police to express his “frustration and outrage” at the city’s peaceful handling of recent Ferguson protests, Chief Steve Anderson reminded the letter-writer of a simple fact: “The police are merely a representative of a government formed by the people for the people—for all people.”
In his point-by-point response— published online Friday and reproduced in full below—Anderson explained why police in Nashville served demonstrators hot chocolate instead of threatening them with arrest, urging the unnamed critic to “truly give fair consideration to all points of view.”
“[C]omparing the outcome here in Nashville with what has occurred in some other cities,” wrote Anderson, “the results speak for themselves.”
Given the recent actions by the NYPD regarding Mayor De Blasio, this is like water in a desert. The entire letter, long and thoughtful, is provided at the link.