While I was completing my undergraduate degree at Johns Hopkins University in the mid-1970s, I took several sociology and psychology classes including one on psychotropic drugs. I was surprised to find Baltimore police officers in my classes.
I was glad to see them, but their naïveté and seeming lack of common sense based on their comments and questions in class led me to hope that by the end of their education they would have a better understanding of the need for compassion in their dealings with city residents ("Require college degrees for police," Sept. 30). I should have known that this program did not continue based on the reports we are now seeing on police brutality ("Officials call for tougher penalties for police brutality," Sept. 29).
Marylu Silbergeld, Baltimore
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