I’m writing in reference to your big, bold headlines on the front page of Feb. 20.

The negative headline prefaced the article regarding a brave, heroic sergeant in the Portland Police Department, who prevented what easily could have resulted in a disastrous situation. That headline consisted of the words: “Officer in fatal shooting had used deadly force before.”

And right next to that was the article about the 22-year-old, with a long criminal record, who was, indeed, shot. The sympathetic headline included the words: “Man shot dead struggled to keep his life on track.”

This incident, for lack of a better word, should reinforce all of us to appreciate and stand behind our law enforcement officers. And, yes, read beyond the misleading headlines.

Eileen Reynolds