Letter to the editor

Police officers do de-escalate

To the editor: I’m just curious as to how many ride-alongs Heather Koponen (Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, Oct. 17) has been on with the Fairbanks Police Department? How many confrontations has she observed with armed people screaming they want to die and don’t mind killing a few cops?

I have watched multiple arrests made by Fairbanks police over the past 20 or so years. In every case I have seen, the officers have been able to de-escalate and/or safely take people into custody.

This extreme case of Cody Eyre, as tragic as it was for all involved, is not standard practice. Every officer knows that drawing a weapon, much less using a weapon, always involves risking his or her own life and liberty.

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