As a retired Spokane police officer as well as a U.S. Air Force Vietnam veteran, I am aware of the practice of painting small figures of enemy combatants shot down by American aircraft on the noses of their planes.
To open your paper on Dec. 7 (of all days) and see this alleged cartoon depicting a police vehicle, obviously being driven by a police officer somewhere, with the markings of how many unarmed black males this officer has killed, just about made me puke. How dare you publish such a picture that some lunatic cartoonist somewhere thinks is funny.
I understand that such a wacko has the right to draw what they desire, but to print such a thing in your paper is disgusting. Believe me when I say there was nothing funny about this “joke.”
I am very much aware of the issues between African-Americans and law enforcement, but your paper publishing something as rude and inflammatory as this was in extremely poor judgment. Cops everywhere should be as offended as I was.