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Your Opinion: People must obey laws

by Charles Schroeder, Westphalia | January 4, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. | Updated January 4, 2015 at 3:00 p.m.

Dear Editor:

The inevitable happened, cops were killed.

It all started in Ferguson. A young black man shot by a white officer on the words of the young man's companion who said he was shot with his hands up and saying don't shoot. Later the statement was proven to be untrue. But within hours Gov Nixon, President Obama and Attorney General Holder had the officer convicted of a crime with no investigation of fact. Gov. Nixon stated "we will prosecute to the extent of the law." Holder said there would be a federal investigation of the police department. They were heavy handed when people started to protest.

Gov Nixon tied the hands of the Highway Patrol, city police, even the National Guard that he deployed when our elected leaders threw our law enforcement under the bus. We all knew what would happen. Protest, demonstrations, riots. Our president has no respect for our law so why should the radicals. The door was open for the radicals across our country to break the law.

We have been a land of law and law enforcement for over 200 years, the greatest country on earth, not perfect but the best in the world.

My heart goes out to the family of Michael Brown, also to Officer Wilson, the citizens and business owners of Ferguson for all the looting, destruction and arson in their community.

The sad fact is that had it been John White shot by a black officer none of this would have happened. We as a people must respect the law of the land. Therefore we must respect the officers that enforce the law. There is a simple solution, obey the law, obey the officers. Then you do not have to fear law officers.

There are a lot of rules, regulations and laws that I do not agree with but that doesn't mean that I will break them just because I can.

We are a people and as a country must respect the law, respect and support our officers of the law. Let them know we support them in this time of need.

Elected personnel may have tied their hands and threw them under the bus but the majority of people stand with them.

Peaceful protest - okay.

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