How can Larry Brown purport to draw lessons about racism from the shooting of Breonna Taylor in his Oct. 2 column without mentioning the important fact that the man with her fired first at police who had announced themselves?
When police are fired upon, they usually shoot back, for their own safety and that of the public. The particulars of the action can and will be assessed, but the officer’s reaction to return fire would have been no different if the officer had been black and the shooter white or both of the same race. Taylor’s death was an accidental tragedy, the proximate cause of which was the initial shooting.
It is a great disservice to the current discussion on police and race to attribute this tragedy to racial bias on the part of police.
Brian R. Merrick, West Barnstable