Letter to the editor: Victims and families deserve more

Victims and families deserve more

I sometimes cannot believe that I have to ask myself “how did someone, cop or not, get away with murder?”

It does appear, though, like I will have to keep asking these questions. Although I support law enforcement, some police officers continue to use excessive and sometimes deadly force against people who represent no threat to them. There are of course the high profile murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor whose lives were taken even as they respectively couldn’t breathe and were asleep at home. I, however, am also thinking about Aiyana Stanley Jones, a 7 year old who was accidentally shot in a police raid. I am thinking about Gabriel Winzer, a 25 year old with mental disabilities who was shot while on his bike.

Most police shootings do not end in criminal charges and the only other option left, a civil lawsuit, is taken away by a legal loophole called qualified immunity. Ending qualified immunity and allowing grieving families to seek justice in a court of law is one of our best options right now to end senseless murders of innocent people at the hands of “bad apple” cops.

Laura Ehrenkranz, Fairfield