The May 21 editorial “An investigation that should inspire public confidence” was deeply misleading and dangerous. The recommendation of the Metropolitan Police Department’s trial board to fire officer Brian Trainer may provide a modicum of accountability almost two years after Terrence Sterling’s death. But the extreme double standard applied to police officers vs. everybody else should inspire outrage, not confidence.
People other than police officers who chased, blockaded and shot an unarmed, nonthreatening person would be charged with murder. Instead, Mr. Trainer’s taxpayer-funded vacation continues while his partner, Jordan Palmer, received a mere 20-day suspension.
MPD shouldn’t be praised for finally complying with processes that give unreasonable protections to officers, even compared with other police departments. It should be criticized for allowing such an unjust and deadly system to exist. Instead of lauding this decision and process, the editorial should have informed the public of the institutionalized impunity this case highlights and exposed the toxic culture that allows MPD to kill people — almost all of whom are black — with little or no consequences.
Greg Montross, Washington
The writer is policy director of the
Stop Police Terror Project DC.