Now retired, I worked with the Wake County jail for years performing federally mandated mental health evaluations for inmates. I got to know and respect the correctional officers and other staff members.
Whereas I don’t support the actions of officer Markeith Council (“Wake jailer found guilty of inmate’s death,” Dec. 13 news article), I would like to reassure everyone that the officers I came to know so well behave in a considerate and professional manner with inmates. Indeed, often I would witness the inmates responding to the officers in a positive manner, recognizing that they were being treated as people, not criminals, regardless of the charges against them.
I hope that the public can recognize what a meritorious job that the officers do.