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Submitted 12:10 p.m.
07.24.2015
Letter to the Editor

You don’t have to like them and you don’t have to respect them, but you will respect that badge because that gives them the right to throw you in jail.”

Barbara of Edgewater, Colo.

Years ago we had a foster son. He had had his share of run-ins with the law. Some deserving but some just because they knew him and his family’s history. He wasn’t black but looked Hispanic, but every time the police would pull him over or stop him walking down the street, he would get smart with them. I told him to “knock it off.” He said "Well I don’t like them.” I said “You don’t have to like them.” I said “You don’t have to like them and you don’t have to respect them, but you WILL respect that badge because that gives them the right to throw you in jail.” One night I got a call from an officer. He had stopped my foster son. He just wanted to tell me that he had never seen a kid who was so polite and respectful. He stopped him and let him go. He just wanted to know why he was out so late. People need to understand that they are doing their job.

When the police officer stopped that young lady for an illegal lane change, he was giving her a warning ticket. If she had just kept quiet and taken the warning, she would be alive today.

 
This letter written in response to
Q&A July 23, 2015
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