Letters to the Editor

Ezell Ford shooting: How to fix a major problem in the LAPD

To the editor: The numbers speak louder than words. The Times' data indicate that Los Angeles police officers have killed 243 people over the last 15 years; that averages to more than 16 killings per year. ("Ezell Ford's shooting violated LAPD policy, police commission rules," June 9)

These killings are happening all over the country. That's not a random happenstance. It is more than a coincidence, and indicates that we are faced with a very serious systemic problem throughout the country. It demands significant changes.

As a retired problem-solver for Air Force...