To the editor:

We have witnessed immeasurable damage to individuals, families, neighborhoods, businesses, cities, states, our nation, family relations, race relations and, basically, our way of life since the death of George Floyd this past May. Fully understanding that a free society needs just laws on the books as well as reliable, competent and even-handed law enforcement to ensure compliance, I decided to investigate in order to gain better insight into the current situation.

According to the Washington Post's Fatal Force database, in 2019 "police shot and killed 1,003 people in the U.S. Of those, 250 were black and 405 were white. Police shot and killed 55 unarmed suspects, including 25 whites and 14 blacks." Based on FBI Uniform Crime Reporting data, "there were 1,186,742 incidents of violent crime in 2018, and of them, 14,123 were homicide victims." Additionally, "34% (of officers involved in shootings) were black" while "48 officers died as a result of felonious acts." These figures alone should be a firm indication that there is not systematic racism within our law enforcement community.

Most of the people of color I know and respect, which is the vast majority, love this nation and our communities, respect the law and wish for nothing more (or less) than the opportunity to live at peace with their neighbors and friends while experiencing the American dream. If you will notice, there has never been a mass exodus of people leaving the United States but there have been millions abandoning their native lands, often experiencing perilous journeys, to come here. Surely, we don't want to recreate this nation into something resembling the places these people are fleeing.

Eddie Regan

Thomasville