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    Nashville chief: respect protesters, keep open mind

    A very wise Chief Steve Anderson on crucial values in a democracy.

    Police Chief's Perfect Response: Respect Protestors, Keep an Open Mind (Gawker)

    When a pro-cop citizen wrote the Nashville Police to express his "frustration and outrage" at the city's peaceful handling of recent Ferguson protests, Chief Steve Anderson reminded the letter-writer of a simple fact: "The police are merely a representative of a government formed by the people for the people—for all people."

    In his point-by-point response Anderson explained why police in Nashville served demonstrators hot chocolate instead of threatening them with arrest, urging the unnamed critic to "truly give fair consideration to all points of view."
    I do know, however, that this is a very diverse city. Nashville, and all of America, will be even more diverse when your son becomes an adult. Certainly, tolerance, respect and consideration for the views of all persons would be valuable attributes for him to take into adulthood.
    the rest at the links, the second of which has full-text letter and response via the Tennesseean

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    More on Chief Anderson: see last entry here. (Gawker again)

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