EDITOR: I feel compelled to reply to Frank Zwolinski's letter (“More than peeking,” Nov. 14). Zwolinski compared the act of a young man who actually broke into a woman's house, and went into her bedroom half-dressed, with the arrest of Supervisor Efren Carrillo. Did he not read that Carrillo did not break into the woman's house but was outside, with the possible intention of breaking in? The facts make a big difference. I always thought it was innocent until proven guilty, not guilty until proven innocent.
EDITOR: The swirl of opinions regarding the deadly confrontation between Andy Lopez and a Sonoma County sheriff's deputy has raised some questions for me. Answers were not hard to find.
How many officers have been shot and killed in the line of duty since Sheriff Jim Petray was gunned down along with two San Francisco officers in 1920? The answer is two. Both were shot by vicious criminals.
How many people have been killed by our officers since 1920? The answer is likely in the hundreds given that the Sonoma County Free Press reported 56 in the last 13 years.
How many officers have been convicted of criminal wrongdoing in these deaths? Zero.
How many officers have been shot by an assault rifle? Zero.
Is police work more dangerous than other work? The answer is, it's not in the top 10. Fishing, logging and steel work generally top the list; not police work.
These facts should raise serious questions about a protocol that calls for overwhelming deadly force if an officer feels threatened for less than a second. These facts also point to a need for civilian oversight.
Stirring the pot
EDITOR: The reason not to print that letter is because that position is not part of the public debate about the tragedy (“Why we printed that Andy Lopez letter — you know the one,” Paul Gullixson, Saturday). In following this debate, there is no side that doesn't agree that this was a tragedy. What the Lopezes do for a living is of no concern to anyone and has no place in this discussion. Perhaps in an effort to stir up a pot and make your paper more interesting, you insulted Andy Lopez's family and all of us who live in a place where this can possibly happen.