I was surprised to see that the Herald-Leader gave retired attorney, Sally Wasielewski, so much column space. In it, she attacked the victim's advocate, the commonwealth attorney and the entire judicial system, accusing them all of suppressing the powerless.
She does this with the usual method of comparing apples to oranges or rather, in this case, apples to watermelons.
Two years ago, you published a letter from her in which she compared the deliberate fatal hit-and-run of a police officer by a fleeing felon to a fatal accident involving an elderly driver momentarily blinded by the sun. The elderly driver stopped to render aid.
In her recent column, she accuses Mary Lynn Houlihan of the commonwealth's attorney office, who wrote about challenges police face in doing their jobs, of twisting the facts with "clever and delightful arguments." She then goes on to relate several third-person accounts of police hassling and misconduct over the years.
In my 40 years on the streets and in the courts as the often court-appointed defense investigator, I am very well aware there are two sides to ever defendant's story. I do agree with her that police work often demands the patience of Job — and I would add, the wisdom of Solomon. This is a great deal to expect from a fallible human being, but expect we do.
Wasielewski offers no recommendations or solutions to problems.
As an ex-police officer, I feel the time for police body cameras is at hand. Their universal use would protect both the public and the police in a police-contact situation. Cameras are not judgmental or partial to either side. They coldly record and impersonally document the truth and reality. The end product is undeniable evidence and proof of the facts.
As for Wasielewski comparing the abuse of a helpless infant to police officers "losing their cool," well, as I said, it's apples to watermelons.
But please do keep printing her letters. However, I think you should move them to the comics section where they belong.