Re: "Rethink use of force policy and police oversight in Lakewood" (Your Voice, 5-18).
I love Monday morning quarterbacks, especially the ones who didn't even watch the game.
I had the opportunity to discuss (and learn about) the issue of lethal force with a Lakewood Police Department detective. Another self-appointed expert present at the time asked, "Why do you shoot to kill?"
The answer was immediate, forthright and courteous: "We don't shoot to kill; we eliminate the threat. There are only three seconds in which to (make that decision)."
Those three seconds probably pass quickly. The poor man who was shot most certainly suffered a debilitating mental illness. But when he pointed a firearm lookalike at officers not once or twice, but three times after repeated orders to show his hands, the fact that he is mentally unstable would not leave them any less dead.
All lives matter, including those of police officers. I do not want to see any more names added to the Fallen Officer Memorial. Maybe writer David Anderson would like to run interference on police calls to tell them whether the suspect is holding a cellphone, a toy gun or a 9mm Glock.