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Letters to the Editor: Writer's accusations are irrational, without merit

I read with interest the liberal rantings from the Merrifield contributor regarding police officers and scientists. Why such a comparison was chosen escapes me, which include mention of how atoms behave, blue lasers and even climate change. His a...

I read with interest the liberal rantings from the Merrifield contributor regarding police officers and scientists.

Why such a comparison was chosen escapes me, which include mention of how atoms behave, blue lasers and even climate change.

His accusation that there is a "code" to protect police officers who are "thieves, killers, rapists and racists" is ridiculous and without foundation. The statement scientists are "self-correcting" while the police are not is without substance.

While I do not have the writer's particular experience mentioned, working at the phone company in the '60s, I am sure scientists operate in a professional manner as do the police. After 28 years in a large Minneapolis suburban police department, including supervising the professional standards and internal affairs functions, I feel the writer's accusations are irrational and without merit.

A statewide survey was conducted June 15-16, 2015, by Harper Polling, a Pennsylvania firm with a long history in public opinion polling. They found that: 90 percent of Minnesota residents approve of the way their local police handles its job; a majority, 59 percent, strongly believe; both women, at 91 percent, and men, at 89 percent, approve. Republicans approve at 90 percent, Democrats at 89 percent and Independents at 91 percent. Urban approval, 87 percent; suburban, 95 percent; rural, 85 percent.

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Minnesota has set high professional standards and reporting for our licensed police officers.

Dennis Paulson,

Backus

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