Cruel sentence

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Former Pittsburgh Police Chief Nate Harper broke the law and should be punished (“Ex-Chief Harper Given 18-Month Prison Term,” Feb. 26). Putting him in jail with miscreants and criminals, some of whom he may have had a part in incarcerating, sounds like “cruel and unusual punishment” to me. That is especially forbidden in our Constitution — the supreme law of the land.

Millions of American citizens forget to include parts of their income, take deductions they are not entitled to or don’t file tax returns — just ask the Internal Revenue Service employees. Some, if they’re caught, are fined and get a slap on the wrist.

I can imagine some of those hardened and violent criminals salivating at the chance to get at a former high-ranking police officer. Don’t do it. Find another form of punishment.

ALFRED KRASNOW
Oakland


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