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Man ejected from meeting had a right to his opinion

I disagree with several points in your recent editorial about the ejection of a disruptive parent from a school board meeting in Baltimore County ("Robert Small deserves an apology," Sept. 23).

You state it would have been better if the Baltimore County school superintendent had allowed a small breach in protocol. But for a long time many citizens felt have that "protocol" is used only to allow questions that bolster officials' desires, not to explore the proposals in question.

I saw the way Mr. Small was treated as ridiculous. An officer wouldn't treat a criminal who knows the system in that way unless they were being violently resisted or assaulted. Mr. Small only touched the officer because the officer walked into him as he was gesturing. 

The police officer was the aggressor, and while he had a job to do, he acted more like a barroom bouncer than a policeman doing his duty. He should have shown better judgment under the circumstances. Instead, he slammed Mr. Small into the door then bulldozed him into the hallway.

I agree the with the state's attorney's office's decision to drop the charges, but I feel it was for a different reason than the one stated.  By dropping the charges they also prevented the Baltimore County Police from being embarrassed as well — which they well should have been.

Michael W. Kohlman, Baltimore

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