As a white American who has been living overseas for several years now, I feel compelled to write on the Freddie Gray case ("Freddie Gray's funeral, burial set for Monday morning," April 24).

What happened to Mr. Gray is just another example of why we chose to continue living overseas rather than come back to the U.S. when we had the chance a few years ago. The unbelievable behavior of so many of the police in the U.S. is just not seen in the vast majority of other developed countries.


Obviously, African-Americans are suffering the most from such abuses of power. But they pervade all levels of society, even in white communities.

Why do American police seem to think they are so far above the rest of us that they are entitled to treat other people so violently? What about their treatment of the Occupy Wall Street protesters? The excessive use of force just keeps happening.

I am afraid to send my twin boys back to the U.S., since they are now like big puppies — always messing around and competing to get somewhere first or just being dumb brothers.

Yet they are constantly challenged by security guards, the TSA and anyone else with the tiniest bit of authority or a gun whenever we come back to the U.S.

We are petrified to send them home for college in another year for fear of what might happen to them — and they are white with privileged upbringings. What must it be like for others in less comfortable circumstances?

Even I don't trust police in the U.S. now based on my experience of their abuses of power and total disregard for ordinary people when was growing up there and as an adult before leaving. There is no excuse for their behavior.

We are already teaching our boys the basic survival skills they will need to go back, like the Chris Rock video: Don't run, don't smart back, don't do anything wrong in public and generally act like you are in a totalitarian police state when in the U.S. This is absurd and a total disgrace.

I truly believe that if a police officer is afraid of his community then he has no business being there. Officers need better vetting, better training and better supervision and rules to follow.

My heart goes out to Freddie Gray, his family and his community. Sometimes bad things can happen when a criminal is fighting back, but this and far too many other cases clearly are not in that category.

The U.S. should be thoroughly ashamed of itself for tolerating and perpetuating such behavior. Believe me, the rest of the world is watching and they are not impressed.

Lisa Castells, Dubai, United Arab Emirates