To the Editor:
The alleged severe beating of a 17-year-old by three McHenry County sheriff officers, if true, shows that the department is in line with the national trend of police brutality toward the American citizenry.
Granted, this incident is still under investigation and might have been an isolated act if it were not for the fact that the sheriff’s office recently bought an armored personnel carrier (check department website for proof). Why would the sheriff’s office have a need for this (or any other) military hardware if they did not have intentions to use it against the public?
Throughout the country, the instances of police beatings and killings of unarmed civilians and unwarranted SWAT raids have exploded in recent years, while very few (if any) officers are held accountable for their actions.
Obviously, there are members of the sheriff’s office who are honorable and moral individuals, but if this incident is true, there is also an element that seems is not. It is a shame that citizens are being trained to not trust the police.
Are they there to protect and serve us, or are they becoming a more nefarious organization?