LaGrange Police Chief Louis Dekmar, the subject of a recent James magazine article for drastically reducing gang violence due to aggressive policing and the issuance of warrants under a new street gang law, is schooling The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in how to place in “context” police lethal force news stories. In a Dec. 21 letter to the editor, the chief notes that the paper’s sensational series of stories highlighting fatal police officer-involved shootings “are the rare exception to the rule” and “most police encounters do not involve any use of force.”
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