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Police Supt. Garry McCarthy Police Headquarters August. | John H. White~Sun-Times

Police Supt. Garry McCarthy at Police Headquarters in August. | John H. White~Sun-Times

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Updated: July 12, 2012 6:06AM

Taser is colorblind

I’ve read about the pregnant woman who was tasered. I read Mary Mitchell’s take on the event [June 7]. I must speak up also. I don’t believe Tiffany Rent was a target because she was black, I believe it was because she was disrespectful and defiant to the officer and did not follow commands.

Police officers are not robots, and after many years on the job, being disrespected and sworn at on a daily basis, a day comes that they just have taken enough. They don’t get paid near enough to take this abuse from people, and they put their life on the line every single day they work. When someone is breaking into Ms. Rent’s home, then she’ll be reaching for the phone to call the police, these same police that were just upholding the law the day she disrespectfully “ripped up a parking ticket and threw it in an officer’s face.” Tearing it up was bad enough, but throwing it in his face crossed the line.

You can’t always play the race card or the “I’m pregnant card,” as a mother and a citizen your duty is to respect the police, and follow the laws, not only did she do neither, but she felt she could do whatever she wanted and threw the pieces in his face, to me that is attacking an officer. I hope the city doesn’t give her a big payday; she doesn’t deserve it.

Connie K. Orland, Joliet

St. Garry McCarthy?

Can we stop it with the hero-worship of Garry McCarthy already? While he got to play soldier and cast civilians expressing their First Amendment rights as enemy combatants, the murder rate in this town is up almost 50 percent this year.

And that’s a number McCarthy and Mayor Rahm Emanuel must be held much more accountable for than keeping the city secure from protesters when the NATO war machine is invited to Chicago.

Yes, kudos to McCarthy for keeping his officers in line and preventing them from rioting and beating up civilians, as they are known to do historically. Now get back to work bringing peace to Chicago’s killing fields, the job he and they are paid to do.

Chris Gray, Rogers Park

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