Regarding the Dec. 20 Triangle Politics article “ Sutton: Eric Garner could have been me”: Thanks to Keith Sutton for speaking about his fears while being handled by local police.
In a protest fray, a police officer temporarily applied an arrest hold by pinning Sutton’s arm behind his back before he realized who Sutton was. We should be thankful too that Sutton exerted self-control while nonetheless upset, thoughtfully avoiding escalation.
The serious injury or death of this Wake County school board member at the hands of a white police officer would have traumatized North Carolina and set back race relations by decades. All North Carolinians owe Sutton their gratitude.