This letter and this newspaper are protected by the First Amendment. This freedom of speech and expression are not however free and they require us to live by a set of laws to protect those who come forward to speak out. This freedom must be defended at all costs and although it is very unsettling to watch live broadcasts of marchers calling for the death of law enforcement personnel they are protected also. Our finest, in Shelton and in every community are the thin blue line between the civility that we enjoy and complete chaos and a breakdown in our society both physically and mentally. I don't condone these protesters behavior and find it reprehensible when many of those who they claim are victims were thugs and criminals.
I personally observed a police activity in a large Connecticut city on Sunday. The police were called to a potential crime scene and had to go into an unlit area where they could have been shot at when they entered and announced they were on the premises. Both officers bravely and without delay moved into the area thankfully taking over the situation without incident. The scripted and unscripted TV shows don't come close to this live reality. I hope none of you or your loved one have to be part of or ever witness this process.