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Freddie Gray could have been my brother, Isaiah. We cannot remain silent now because when this violence affects our own families or takes the life of a loved one, we will regret not taking a stand. I am referring to police brutality. Police are abusing their power in our streets and it affects all of us ("Baltimore police release new numbers on terminations under Batts," June 3).

We all have caused police brutality. We are the ones the police supposed to protect. We are the ones who have not taken a stand. We have allowed this to keep happening. The Baltimore Sun addressed this in an article detailing how $5.7 million was spent on victims of police brutality from 2011 to 2014. These were settlements on behalf of victims, not sentences given the perpetrators. If I had committed these crimes, I would have been sentenced to prison. If we had solved police brutality in 2011, then the $5.7 million would have never been spent and Freddie Gray would not have been a victim of police brutality. We have ignored this issue for too long.

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We should right now take a stand and stop police brutality. Our next step should be to demand that the city government sets up a fund for police cameras. We then need to raise money for cameras that would be worn by police. This will help make sure that we all can be safe and trust the police with our lives. It is my hope, as a young person living in Baltimore, that each of you will donate to effort to stop police brutality by putting cameras on police. If we don't do something now, your loved one could be the next person headed to an early grave.

Timmie Lee, Baltimore

The writer is a sophomore at Digital Harbor High School and a resident of Sandtown-Winchester.

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