Dear Editor:

I have been watching a lot of “COPS” on television lately. As a result, I have come to the conclusion that too much of the public is either stupid or ignorant. I believe that it takes a special kind of person to be a law enforcement officer. They have to put up with a public that has lost most, if not all of their morals.

A television show like “COPS” shows only the “exciting” part of the job. I am sure that a camera crew may ride in a patrol car for days and film a five-minute part of the day. Granted a show like this shows the dark side of the public, but it does show the dark side even if we do not want to admit that it exists.

The use and abuse of drugs, both legal and illegal, and alcohol present a clear danger to the general public. The few LEOs that I have come in contact with are for the most part, young, well-educated and devoted to helping their fellow man. Everyone of us should appreciate what they do for us.

There was 121 LEOs killed in the line of duty in 2015, five in Georgia. You call 911 about a man with a gun, multiple LEOs will respond and most if not all of them will step between you and the gun.

Think about that and at least acknowledge that LEOs deserve respect and praise.

Retired Army Sgt. Maj. William E. Mitchell

Lake City

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