Why is it that when a police officer kills innocent civilians there's never a public apology offered by the force ("Reisterstown fatality raises concerns about police raids," Aug. 9). Surely such a gesture not only would help console grieving, traumatized survivors but also assist the police public relations effort by humanizing the officers involved in the eyes of the public.
Instead, with a disinterested air of assuredness and infallibility, police spokespersons and apologists all too often provide dismissive justification for the killings. Such steely comportment makes law enforcement agencies seem more like exterminators than public servants.
Johns Hopkins' L. Douglas Ward seemed particularly callous when he dismissed recent civilian deaths inflicted during tactical team raids by saying "that doesn't seem like an alarming number of fatalities considering the type of people were dealing with."