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April 22, 2019

Readers sound off on Brian Simonsen’s shooting, El Chapo and Trump

February 14, 2019
Final send-off. (Go Nakamura / for New York Daily News)

No ‘fire’ can be called ‘friendly’

Metuchen, N.J.: My condolences to the family Detective Brian Simonsen left behind. To have a policeman killed by another policeman is awful. It upsets me to read “friendly” — nothing about it is friendly.

Please let this be the last. Have each cop wear a purple or green cuff on the upper arm of their coats or shirt. We must find a way to let other cops know you are also a cop. I remember reading years ago about a cop that was shot in subway. If you can be identified with this color on the arm, maybe it will stop.

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Undercover cops, that is another story. Commissioner James O’Neill, I have faith in you. Put your thinking cap on about undercover police safety too. Different hand gestures for each day of week? Just a suggestion. Carol Hoousendove

Safety first

Ridgewood, N.J.: A fellow officer died and another was shot because the “professionals” acted like a mob. Police officers, especially sergeants, are supposed to be well-trained in tactics and their assigned weapons. These officers instead reacted and rushed in, without forethought. The alleged robber will be charged with murder; his weapon, a non-firing toy gun. Every police officer in this farce should be suspended; refreshed on proper procedures; and made to re-qualify with their weapons. There is no excuse for friendly fire in NYC. Peter J. Peirano

Ditto

Ozone Park: Since when do our schools offer a degree in Career Criminal Studies? The laws have to be changed to prevent a repeat offender to go out and allow a situation to occur such as the death of Detective Simonsen. This a true case of an accident waiting to happen. The officer who shot Simonsen is going to suffer a lifetime of angst. What happened to stun guns to apprehend a suspect? Ray Hackinson

Protect our protectors

Brooklyn: Tuesday night a brave policeman was killed in a shootout with a presumed armed robber. It’s about time our mayor and governor stand up for our NYPD instead of taking away their abilities to execute their jobs without fearing retribution by city officials. If those in power don’t realize it, the police are laughed at because there are so many loopholes to get off easy in court or no time in jail. Maybe the mayor and governor can get together to sign the death penalty into law for those responsible for law enforcement officers being killed. I am highly doubtful they are brave enough to do it. More and more the streets are being given back to the hoodlums as in the ’70s and ’80s. Joseph Comperchio

Trump crosses the line

Brooklyn: Is there no one who will inform the President that his vaunted border wall will be as effective as the French Maginot Line was in WWII? He loves WWI and WWII veterans I see, did they not tell him? We called on Gorbachev to “tear down this wall” in Germany, now we have an apology for a President planning to build one on the southern border. Will a future Gorbachev be asking us to tear down the one this President is planning to erect? Does anyone think the women and little children coming to the border down there are criminals or are bringing in drugs? Has the President looked into those who own or are able to rent the Gulf Stream jets, the yachts, pleasure boats and long-distance trucks? Has he spoken to the employees of his federal offices along the border to get the truth? Has he never heard of the soil engineers of the Sinoloa cartel? Shouldn’t this President be concerned about the blanket of evil that appears to have been lowered over this country since his elevation in the number of homemade crimes to schools, churches, personnel and other mayhem instead of blaming those poor, hungry people at the southern border? Or are all these crimes being committed by them? Finally, don’t buyers have a responsibility not to buy something that will hurt them? Why are we wasting time blaming only the sellers? Shirley Forde

What’s the ‘R’ for?

Jersey City: Why do Trump and others like him only exploit the victims of illegal immigrants? A tiny percent compared to the whole picture. Why are some deaths more important than others to this President? Why does he, as well as his white supremacist slaves on Fox, only choose to display the families of victims of illegals? Why do they ignore the killings mainly committed by white American males, especially the mass shootings occurring in this country every year? Never once has Trump acknowledged on TV or in his illiterate “tweets,” the families of slain innocents throughout our country by the hands of an American white person. It’s perfectly clear to me why. The Republican Party needs to change its name to the Racist Party. It’ll make a lot of people in his base in the U.S.A. very happy. Trump ran his entire presidential campaign as a Republican racist and he succeeded. He’s already started his 2020 campaign the same way. No one in his party has the guts to call him out for what he is because they are just like him. They stand by him like a bunch of goons and stooges, just like the white “hue” you see behind him at his rallies. Emily Zuppa

El Chapo dollars

Stratford, Conn.: Oh great, El Chapo is guilty. New York spent millions of dollars prosecuting this guy who broke the law in Mexico. How much did Mexico put in for the trial and the security? Now, we will spend millions when he appeals — and what about life in prison? All the extra security? Thanks for spending tax dollars on this dude. Now, all the schools that have to lay off teachers and drop sports teams because New York spent all this money on this mook — too bad, you lose…..great job. Peter Sulzicki

Yes, tolerate hate

Dayton, Ohio: The Daily News is correct in its Feb. 13 editorial, “Wrong about being wrong.” Politicians who say things that are divisive and hateful are actually exercising their First Amendment rights. Only their constituents should get to decide how much hatefulness and divisiveness they will tolerate. Vic Presutti

Unbelievable Omar

Yonkers: Rep. Ilhan Omar can apologize till the farting cows come home, I’m not buying it. Kathleen McNally

Defining Andrew

Manhattan: Cuomotized [adj.]: a person who is self-serving, egotistical, lover of mirrors- media hound and or abnormally vain. Patrick Meehan

Hodges to the Hall

Old Bridge, N.J.: This is a second to Voicer Bill Hickey’s statement regarding Gil Hodges. Hodges’ stats speak for themselves and his management of the 1969 Mets will forever be a milestone in baseball history. In addition to his professional ability, Hodges was a sterling example of what sports idols were meant to be! Janet Cecin

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