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I appreciated the article on D.C. cops and the danger they face (“When a Badge Becomes a Target,” 5/30). I am glad to have them doing a job I could never do.
But I gotta say, it’s hard to respect an authority that regularly speeds down city streets, runs traffic lights, and parks wherever they want, and not because they’re on a call. They’ve hassled me for no reason, but never showed up when my roommate’s motorcycle was stolen. I once witnessed three cops repeatedly bang a homeless man into a car hood at 2 a.m. in Georgetown, while a female cop stood looking the other way. When I asked her what the problem was, she threatened to arrest me.
Some advice to all officers: The best way to get citizens to obey the law is to obey it yourself.
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