How much blame to protesters deserve for officer deaths?

To the editor: The Times states it is not reasonable to lay blame for the slaying of two New York Police Department officers at the feet of protesters. ("Protesters didn't cause slayings of New York police officers," Editorial, Dec. 22)

Obviously, most protesters were not violent. But there are videos of crowds shouting: "What do we want? Dead cops." There were prior incidents where objects were thrown at the police causing physical injury.


If "peaceful" protesters remained while these incidents happened, they can't do the Sgt. Schultz "I see nothing" song.

David Goodwin, Los Angeles


To the editor: It is interesting to observe the NYPD's use of political theater in turning their backs on Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Apparently New York's finest are not above leveraging the killing of their brothers to score points against a politician they don't like. Very classy.

Kevin P. Smith, Newbury Park

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