Readers sound off on police aggression, Eagles colors and doomsday
Police power trips are not about public safety
Manhattan: The Target at 86th St. and Lexington Ave. on Sunday, 8:10 a.m.: As I came in, two policemen were apprehending a young Latino male for stealing. When he began to mildly resist after they roughly grabbed him by the shoulders, they wrestled him to the ground like a wild animal before cuffing him.
I couldn’t get over it. Don’t they read the papers? How police brutality is becoming an epidemic? I started to walk away, but I was so upset that I went back to advocate for this kid.
Two more cops came in, a male and a female, both Latino, and as I started to say, “Please be gentle with him,” the male cop got right up in my face, snarling, “Mind your own business, lady.”
Holding my ground, I said again, “Be gentle with him, you’re gonna hurt him.”
As he came after me again, the policewoman separated us. He’s lucky I didn’t get his name and badge number because then we’d all know it.
Yes, this young man committed a crime and deserved to be arrested, but a little compassion might have been in order. Be happy it’s not you stealing batteries and eye drops in order to get your fix on a Sunday morning. It was right out of an episode of “Law & Order” — a bad one. Susannah Bianchi
Kew Gardens: In the novel “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” Simon Legree, the heinous white slave owner, had two Black overseers on his plantation, Sambo and Quimbo. These two overseers were brutal drivers of the field slaves, and the more brutal they were, the more they garnered praise from Legree. After watching the brutal beating of Tyre Nichols, one must wonder how many Black policemen and corrections officers nationwide are like Sambo and Quimbo. Glenn Hayes
Devoid of decency
Woodside: I don’t see how these five police officers could pass a mental test. No compassion at all! The victim who they murdered was a human being. There is no excuse for this brutal murder. Richard Tobiassen
Brooklyn: You can’t name a single case in history where one good cop arrested the eight bad cops standing around him. Did a cop ever arrest dirty cops standing next to them? Not even once? Explain. My favorite police lie is that cops get a bad rap every day so that is why we must hide the daily body cam videos that prove we cops are the good guys! I’ve never seen more childish liars than cops, and I’ve worked in day care! Somer Krieger
Bear, Del.: How disgraceful for the Empire State Building to be lit up green and white for the Philadelphia Eagles after beating the San Francisco 49ers. They beat our New York Giants to get to that game and the building’s owner dishonored our city with that display of treachery. How embarrassing. New Yorkers everywhere will never forgive you for that. Unbelievable! Benjamin Rosario Jr.
Briarwood: Not all Giants fans are poor sportsmen. To the Philadelphia Eagles: I, a die-hard Giants fan, say that you earned the green-and-white lights on top of the Empire State Building by winning the NFC Championship. Congratulations! By the way, I’m rooting for Kansas City in the Super Bowl. Mary Elizabeth Ellis
Scarborough, N.Y.: It’s hard to believe that any landlord of an iconic NYC building could engender more angst than Madison Square Garden’s James Dolan, but congratulations to the owners of the Empire State Building — you’ve done it. Thomas F. Comiskey
Manhattan: Curses to Stefan Bondy for making James Dolan seem charming! Bondy’s Jan. 28 stories “Dolan expects the playoffs” and “Embattled owner has no plans to sell Knicks” presented a humorous and self-aware Dolan that I’ve never seen. I was all set to read a hatchet piece ripping Dolan to shreds for the Knicks’ failures. Instead, I got a reasoned explanation for Dolan’s actions as well as the surprise news that Dolan doesn’t increase Knicks ticket prices unless they make the playoffs. Our Dolan? Who’d have thought? Now if J.D. will only do the right thing and replace Leon Rose (and bring back Kristaps Porzingis). Bob Glasscock
No such definition
Clark, N.J.: To Voicer Joe Napolitano: No, doing the same thing and expecting different results is not the definition of crazy or insanity. Why do so many people say that? Kevin Mallardi
Providence, R.I.: In reference to “Santos’ sick rant resurfaces” (Jan. 27): We’ve gotten very quick / to call a bigot sick / The word is misbegotten / when someone’s simply rotten. Felicia Nimue Ackerman
Eve of destruction
Terre Haute, Ind.: American military aid to Ukraine continues on a never-ending basis, including prior shipments of Javelin, Patriot missile and Switchblade drone systems to Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s forces. The Biden administration is about to deliver 31 M-1 Abram tanks and appears to be on the precipice of supplying F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine. Given that the Russians consider Abrams tanks a provocative “direct involvement” of the United States in this conflict, their response to deployed F-16s, needless to say, would be highly inflammatory, possibly resulting in military action against Poland-based NATO forces, resulting in World War III. As the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists’ Doomsday Clock considers the likelihood of thermonuclear exchange between East-West superpowers to be the highest since the 1940s, the clock currently registers 90 seconds to midnight. In this context, a UN-brokered Russia-Ukraine settlement must be made now! Earl Beal
Staten Island: Voicer C.L. Mullins wrote to respond to the editorial “The cost of hatred and history” (Jan. 27) and claims that the millions of non-Jews killed in WWII seem to have been forgotten. C.L., I think you misunderstood the point of the editorial. It is accepted that WWII was the deadliest conflict ever and multiple nations suffered millions of losses. The specific point is when the numbers are broken down and the Jewish population is broken out, they were the largest single category of deaths. Even the Soviet Union comes in second place with an estimated 5.7 million attributed. The point is that the Jewish population was singularly targeted as a religious group, and that must never happen again. John Conry
Wind is the way
Mount Sinai, L.I.: New York stands to gain from the offshore wind industry. In addition to getting cheap, reliable power, a path out of our post-COVID slump and a major role in reducing climate pollution, the city could become a leader in a new technology sector. Offshore wind development will trigger tons of advances in siting, construction, safety and transmission. The new Offshore Wind Innovation Hub in Industry City, run by Equinor, which is behind two large-scale wind projects off Long Island and is headquartered at the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal, will jumpstart the process with mentorship and investment for wind-tech start-ups. Gov. Hochul must ensure the three wind projects on the horizon — Empire Wind, Sunrise Wind and Beacon Wind — get built and brought online without delay. Rory Christian, chair and CEO of the Public Service Commission, has the power to expedite the process. Jenna Inglese
Berkeley Heights, N.J.: Climate-related topics are newsworthy! Although disheartening at times, it is imperative for all to become more informed on climate change and environmental issues to ensure a safer future. In order for society to enact change, we need to educate ourselves. Publishing companies such as yours have the power to share information with the masses! Please use your broad audience for good! Charlotte Kang
Harder to see
West Hempstead, L.I.: Street and highway lanes used to be marked by reflective white paint. Guard rails and barriers had metal reflectors attached to them or a line with reflective paint on them or next to them. For some reason, the new paint jobs and repairs are done with non-reflective paints and no reflectors or paint near barriers. It is extremely dangerous, especially in foggy or rainy situations at night. This situation needs immediate rectification. Samuel J. Mark