It’s time the majority of us speak out that we stand wholeheartedly in supporting our police forces. They’re over 800,000 strong in the United States and do an excellent job day in and day out. There are a few bad apples but I personally believe our police do an excellent job, especially in today’s environment with even the media against them because it makes news.

Facts and figures can be manipulated pro or con about the police and I won’t go into that but what needs to be reformed and enforced is our judiciary, and to have the media also televise/print all the good things they do.

Some judges and prosecuting attorneys do not punish the criminals as the law allows. Consequently, the bad guys now understand that if they commit crimes and get caught that the punishment is minuscule or none compared to their offense. That has to change.

Let me give you a few examples here in Massachusetts. Years ago I was talking with our sheriff and said to him that my hat’s off to his deputies because they make the arrests. Then the judges let them off with hardly any consequences and that must frustrate your officers.

He replied, “It does and just this past month we arrested a male breaking into a private home and it was his 12th offense and the judge gave him a prison sentence and the man looked surprised and said, ‘You mean I’m actually going to jail?’ But it took 12 times for him to receive a prison sentence!”

Some of our judges need to be fired because they’re so liberal or don’t even follow the law! A year or two ago a judge in Boston had an illegal immigrant in front of her and settled the issue but the judge knew that ICE was waiting outside to arrest the illegal immigrant and so she let him sneak out the back door to avoid ICE! What the hell kind of judge do we have here?

Another judge on Cape Cod back in 2016 had a woman and man embezzle over $200,000 from a town on the Cape and what did the judge do when they pleaded guilty? Each had to pay a $10,000 fine and probation for five years. That’s it! So criminals breaking the law know if they get caught they’ll just get a slap on the wrist.

We should make certain crimes a fixed minimum prison time that the judges cannot reduce or eliminate like “fleeing from resisting arrest” with a minimum three months in prison. We have a law in this state that if you’re caught with a gun without a permit it’s automatically one year in prison but the police tell me it’s not enforced! Why not? Where’s the prison time for our current rioters and felons?

I believe our police are excellent 99 percent of the time and all of us should wholeheartedly support them.

Daryl K. Smith

Sycamore Avenue

Sagamore Beach

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