I find it comical that the citizens of Baltimore are in a huff about an unbelted arrestee in the rear of a police wagon. Do they assume that the police officer's remuneration is sufficient to compensate for the potential harm he or she faces when crouching in the confined space of a police van with a potentially dangerous person ("Freddie Gray case: Officer William Porter's recorded statement played in court," Dec. 4)?

Many people who have never put themselves in harm's way, as police routinely do, certainly have strong opinions about how the job ought be done. Since they appear not to have thought this through, do they imagine that arrestees are so resigned to their lot that they do not represent a continuing danger to those within their reach?

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Would these bleeding hearts be willing to expose themselves to the spitting, head-butting and biting that officers risk when they fasten a suspect's seat belt? Hardly, I suspect.

Tom Freeze, Kingsville

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