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This letter is in response to the editorial “Double standard” about Officer George Cummings. Your editorial lacked a lot of thought.

While responding to an urgent call for help by fellow officers, some of whom were injured during a large bar fight, Officer Cummings was involved in the accident. He was rushing to the scene with his lights flashing and siren engaged. That’s what emergency responders do.

As he approached the intersection he faced a red light. He did not deny that nor did he try to cover up that fact. He assumed the other vehicle would give him the right of way and not enter the intersection. Unfortunately the accident occurred. At that point Officer Cummings changed focus and did his best to comfort and help the injured person. By the way, the officer suffered a head injury and a concussion, but waited until later to worry about that.

At 2:30 a.m., while the writer of this editorial was sound asleep and safe in his bed, these officers are out there facing fights, traffic accidents, domestic disputes, drug dealers, stabbings, shootings and any other dangerous situation you can think of. Officer Cummings is a human being, just like us. He takes pride in his job. He is a good officer.

I personally don’t care if he is issued a traffic ticket. I’ll pay it. What I care more about is that he along with his fellow officers and all of the other emergency responders are out there protecting us. When I see them coming, I will pull over and let them do their job whether I have a green light or not. He has to deal with the guilt of the accident and the worry of the injured person as well as what may happen next. He has had sleepless nights. Now he has to deal with the thoughtless editorial you put out there.

These officers’ biggest concern every night is keeping the public safe and then going home safely themselves. Your biggest concern is carpal tunnel syndrome. They deserve better. I, for one, am on their side.

Brian Clark


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