In considering your response, consider the exigencies of the situation. Who has a duty to act? What can the police do? Was the police leadership obligated to send such a letter, or will it do more harm than good? Doesn’t the letter essentially invite “mostly peaceful” demonstrators to take over the streets?
If lives are threatened, is it ethical for police to defy the cities prohibition on crowd control? What should concerned citizens do? Should they organize private security forces?
What are the obligations of the state government? What is the responsible approach of the Democratic Party and its leaders, who have encouraged the development of this situation? What is the federal government obligated to do, if anything, when a police department is prevented from protecting the public due to irresponsible action by a duly elected municipal government?
Finally, at what point are responsible Americans obligated to accept the fact that their support for the “resistance” has led directly to this point, and accept the fact that have not only been wrong, but tragically, spectacularly irresponsible?