To the writer of the letter to the editor headlined, "Hold police to higher standards" (Friday's Tribune), we agree on one thing. "Another man dead. Everyone continues to hear about it yet nothing is changing."

This is the only thing on which you and I will see eye to eye. The issues arise when you begin to blame police officers -- those same people you ridicule, yet rely on when your family is in trouble.

The problem is not that officers aren't holding themselves to high enough standards, but rather that we are not expecting the same from citizens.

If we look to the root of the problem, we will find that unruly, unlawful citizens leave officers with no choice but to use a greater force to gain control. It is evident that you have not done statistical research prior to writing, as police officers are 18.5 times more likely to be shot by a black male than an unarmed black male is to be shot by police.

There are many more statistics like this that I would be happy to share with you, but the results will not favor your viewpoint.

This is not a law enforcement problem, but a problem in our society with disrespect toward authority. I disagree with your statement that there "isn't one solution to this significant problem," when in fact, there is.

The solution is to treat police officers with respect, and you will be treated the same. I can assure you that skin color does not matter more than how you treat others.

Emily Perry, Onalaska

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