A stuffed teddy bear hangs on a street sign during a candlelight vigil and rally for Terrence Sterling on Oct. 3, 2016 in Washington. Sterling was fatally shot by a D.C. police officer while on his motorcycle. (Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post)

D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D), Council member Charles Allen (D-Ward 6) and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) are among the shamelessly opportunistic politicians condemning a D.C. police officer — and calling for his job — in connection with a 2016 deadly use of force that prosecutors have finally acknowledged cannot be considered unlawful [“No charges for officer in fatal D.C. shooting,” Metro, Aug. 10].  

Hopped up on booze and marijuana, a 31-year-old man  still living with his parents sped recklessly around D.C. streets on a motorcycle in the pre-dawn hours, wantonly endangering innocent pedestrians, those in other vehicles and ultimately the police officers who responded to a series of 911 calls. One of those officers fired two shots when the brazen motorcyclist apparently sought to avoid capture and rammed a police vehicle positioned as a roadblock. 

Because reporters tend to quote only pandering politicos and emotional family members of individuals killed justifiably by police, let this letter speak more objectively for the silenced majority of law-abiding, taxpaying citizens who support and trust the police. While no one supports the use of force against truly nonviolent, cooperative suspects, most of us understand that even deadly force may sometimes be necessary to protect the public from criminal risk-takers.

The officer in this particular case should be returned to active duty immediately.

Darren McKinney, Washington