In Our View, entitled, “Police department mourns” [Dec. 15], you stated that Chief “Gross has been critical of media and politicians for allegedly poisoning the public against police officers. We urge him to turn down the rhetoric.” Why? And more significantly, why the use of “allegedly”? You must believe that the poisoning of the public against the police is unproven because it is clearly true. Some politicians and media have unjustly characterized the police based on the criminal actions of an exceedingly small number of officers out of the nearly 700,000 who serve in our country.

Many politicians and media sources have been silent or misrepresented, accepted, rationalized or justified the verbal and physical abuse of police officers, giving rise to nonsense like “defund the police” and “police free zones.” We should all be speaking out against the mistreatment and mischaracterization of the police.

Chief Gross has the right to criticize politicians and media in support of his department and in support of police officers everywhere. There can be no meaningful debate about policing in America without facing the truth.

It is ironic that your newspaper is urging our chief to “turn down the rhetoric” supporting police in the same edition containing news of a $600,000 settlement to the estate of a parolee who was killed after trying to run over one of our officers while attempting to flee in a stolen car.

Perhaps insurance carriers would be less willing to settle with criminals if the public attitude toward our police was based on facts and not on lies from politicians and media with an agenda.

Marty Tellalian, Former village council commissioner