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Yes, Mr. Ehrlich, police brutality exists

Colin Kaepernick attends the 2017 ACLU So Cal's Bill of Rights Dinner at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills.  (Video by Brian van der Brug)

Now I know what a word salad is. Former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr.'s recent commentary, “Takeaways from the NFL’s kneeling era” (Jan. 4), in The Baltimore Sun is a great example of one.

He raises a question: What was is really all about? It’s an apparent reference to the practice by some football players of kneeling during the national anthem started by Colin Kaepernick.

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The former governor then goes on to call the target of the pre-game protests “an alleged campaign of police brutality against African American communities." Mr. Ehrlich then says there is no hard evidence to back up the charge of police brutality.

Where has he been since he left office? Has he seen the U.S. Department of Justice's report on police-community relations in Baltimore? Has he ever heard of Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Sandra Bland or Freddie Gray?

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Is he trying to speak favorably of most members of police forces who are honest and caring and take seriously their oath to protect and serve? And is he willing to ignore the well documented problems to make that statement?

I had to read his column a couple of times to figure out what Mr. Ehrlich was trying to say. His sophistry and syntax were confusing. At one point, his word salad threatened to give me cognitive food poisoning.

Ralph E. Moore Jr., Baltimore

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