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The chief of police in the nation’s capital essentially told the Washington City Paper that he’s an openly criminal thug and proud of it (“Boss Hogtie,” 1/17). His refusal to be bound by the most fundamental of the laws he’s sworn to enforce is a disgrace not only to the District but to the nation, and reflects the failures of the local and federal governments to safeguard everyone’s basic liberties.

In a country with an honest conservative government, Chief Ramsey would have been prosecuted after Pershing Park. In a city with an honest liberal government, he would have been fired. And, incidentally, under a Green government, he would have been prosecuted and fired, but at least he’d still have health insurance.

Takoma Park, Md.