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Despite missteps, city police deserve the public's support

If there were ever a time for residents of Baltimore City to support their police force it's now ("U.S. Dept. of Justice reveals plans to review Baltimore Police Dept," Oct. 20).

Not an easy task, to be sure. The public image of police has been bruised and battered by a forgettable summer of negative police incidents.

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There was the shooting of a cow that was egregiously mishandled. Then there was the killing of a small dog who had its throat slit by an addle-headed city cop. Meanwhile, Police Commissioner Anthony Batts vowed to arrest a suspect in the murder of a three-year-old "within a week," but that week came and went months ago.

Instead of simply being incredulous at the foibles of city cops, we should stand behind them in support. They have a commissioner who has vowed to make positive changes in our city, and I believe he is most sincere. Changes will come, albeit at a slower pace than we might like.

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We are all cognizant that most of the members of the BCPD are good people, good cops, and just like any work environment, there are a few who break the law and tarnish the integrity of the rest.

Despite of what we may think of public servants like the ones at BCPD, they are, and always will be, the last bastion in our society between civility and chaos.

Patrick R. Lynch, Nottingham

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