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Letter: Arrest was too forceful

Arrest was too forceful

Having grown up in Aspen, I don’t see much of the outside world, but what I do see of it from the media is tainted in bias and rumors. This has led me to consider what I am seeing carefully. I have never given much thought to the issues of today concerning law enforcement’s interactions with citizens; they’re here to protect us, and for the most part they do their job. But on Friday, after seeing on video the brutal arrest of an innocuous 16-year-old local, the issues with the enforcers of the laws were painted vividly before me. I have heard horrible stories about officers of the law all over the media, but I always regarded Aspen as a place of peace, where the police were not just police but neighbors and Good Samaritans, too. I can say that this notion of mine has been killed forever. Seeing one of the men you regard as respectable and kind, throwing a poor young kid onto the wet cement and putting a knee on the back of his neck while shoving his face into dirt and yelling at him so hard you can see the spittle coming out of his mouth, even on camera, has thoroughly washed away my respect for that man. I could not for the life of me see why such force is necessary when there are two other men who are also attempting to detain the youth. I guess all I can say is: Police brutality is real, and it knows no bounds. Where there is police, there are officers who abuse their power, with no empathy or constraint. I know if everyone could see the video they would agree that excessive force was used.

Anna Marcella

Aspen


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