Officers should have kept calm

Published 5:17 pm Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Editor, The Smithfield Times:

Stephen Faleski’s article “I’m honestly afraid to get out” in the April 14 edition was very appealing. Reading this article was like watching it on the news, but I got a little more detail and a better understanding while reading.

But in my opinion, something has to be done about how some officers have been treating people out in the world today. It’s not fair to the community, and if you wouldn’t want it done to you or your family, then don’t do it to others.

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The way the officers were treating Lt. Nazario was very much not needed. It could’ve been handled a better way.  If they would’ve stayed calm and explained the problem from beginning to end, I’m pretty sure Nazario would’ve understood.

After reading The Smithfield Times and watching the news, it seemed as though Nazario was a very understanding person and only wanted to know what was the problem and why he was being pulled over. Officers nowadays need to work on communication before reacting.

When Nazario says “I’m honestly afraid to get out” of the vehicle and the officer responded, “Yeah, you should be,” this seemed more like a threat that the officer could’ve kept to himself. This incident could’ve been avoided if everyone would’ve stayed calm and communicated.


Arianah Scott