I look forward to reading more about the Arundel dog shooting ("Officer who shot husky acted in self defense, lawyer says," Aug. 6) and hope that The Baltimore Sun brings the power of the press to bear to expose the decline in respect for life (animal and humans) that clearly has crept into law enforcement at all levels.
I have been in law enforcement and known many fine officers over the last 50 years who I admired and trusted. I cannot remember seeing what we have seen in just the last few months. How can I teach my 6-year-old to respect and trust law enforcement with the behavior reported in Prince George's County with the two dogs, Baltimore City with the Marine, and now this.
I was a Marine and when we saw our integrity and performance deteriorate we "stood " the unit down and reeducated every member of the unit about our expectations, rules of engagement and the value of human life and the need to respect everyone including those we were being trained to fight and if necessary kill. I think it is time for law enforcement in Maryland to stand officers down and restate the expectations of behavior and performance that made this country safer in the past.