Letters to the Editor

Jumping to conclusions; use of force; crumbling government buildings

Jumping to conclusions

Given news reports that Ruben Garcia Villalpando is facing charges in a suspected DWI case and an account of his engaging in a hazardous car chase before he was shot by a Grapevine police officer, perhaps the “Hands up, Don’t Shoot” activists who disrupted a recent Grapevine City Council meeting need to cool their outrage.

The example of the recent exoneration of Officer Darren Wilson in the Ferguson, Mo., shooting of Michael Brown by even the politicized Holder Justice Department showed that the riots, protests and public conviction of Wilson were initiated based on false information shouted by people who were wrong.

The Mexico government, which has protested the shooting of its citizen, as well as the family and the activists, who may have an agenda other than the truth, have seemingly rushed to a conclusion and demanded the officer involved be fired.

The jumping to conclusions happened in Ferguson and should not happen here.

— Daniel O’Connor,

Euless

Use of force

Frank Matthews not only doesn’t know what police officers face, he has no understanding of firearms. He queries why officers are taught to shoot at central body mass (not really “shoot to kill”).

Trying to aim a firearm and hit a moving arm or leg is difficult. The central body mass is the largest target most likely to get hit and stop. The suspect in question could have avoided any injury if he had followed instruction. That he kept walking toward the officer when told to stop did not portend a peaceful resolution. The onus of this incident weighs solely on the suspect.

I am not a gun advocate. I doubt I could shoot at another human. However, I am glad there are those charged with protecting the public. I understand and support their use of force when they are threatened — all the force necessary to protect themselves.

— Charles Andrews,

Fort Worth

Crumbling buildings

According to Austin-based reporting, some of our state government buildings are in a disgraceful state of disrepair, even involving aspects that create hazardous working and living conditions in agency buildings, including the comptroller’s office, the attorney general’s office and the Texas School for the Deaf.

Considering Rick Perry’s much-touted rainy-day funds, it’s a wonder steps were not taken to correct these deficiencies.

Was the lavish and expensive remodeling of the Governor’s Mansion a greater need than seeing to the welfare of state employees and deaf patients in the care of the state?

Will our new administration take a more responsible approach to such matters, or will they continue on the same path? Especially, since the former attorney general now is our state’s chief executive, will he call on the Legislature to take corrective action?

No doubt he knows at first hand the conditions in at least one of these agencies.

— Charles Alexander,

Benbrook

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