Debra J. Saunders

 I don't mean to suggest in any way that Suzie Marie's life was open to forfeit because of her mother's bad decisions -- an innocent child died an early death when that never should have happened. But I will argue that Lopez should consider how her own bad judgment in partners brought violence and mayhem into her children's lives.

 To call the police and ask for protection, then expect them not to protect themselves or neighbors who could have been hurt, makes no sense. What is more, reports make it clear that officers were trying to save the baby as they charged into Pena's office.

 Should the police have waited longer? It's easy to answer "yes" now. And I am sure that many of the officers involved have asked themselves that question countless times.

 Members of the public should be asking questions, too: Do they want to hold police officers to such impossible standards that reasonable men and women don't want to wear blue?

Debra J. Saunders

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