Unnecessary deaths in Ferguson, Mo., and New York show police officers too often respond like soldiers in war.

Police officers are at war - with criminals, thugs, and ne'er-do-wells. They have a right to, and must, defend themselves.

|Emma Lee, Philadelphia

Brown and Garner fought police and resisted arrest, fighting the police who put their lives on the line every day.

|T. Rubin, Philadelphia

Officer Wilson acted like a big-game hunter when he delivered the fatal shot. Why wasn't CPR administered to Eric Garner?

|Michael Miller Jr., Philadelphia

I agree with the premise and therefore wonder why it is not a rule that all police officers must use Tasers first.

|Juliette Brown, Broomall