Regarding “A Catholic mother explains why she protests,” Aug. 7, Page 1:

The attorney general of the United States, William Barr, recently said before Congress: “As elected officials of the federal government, every member of this committee — regardless of your political views or your feelings about the Trump administration — should condemn violence against federal officers and destruction of federal property.”

After reading the article about Sabrina Sheehy and the Wall of Moms, I found very little sympathy from them toward the 33 law enforcement officials who have been injured protecting people and property in Portland. The mob smashing windows, looting and setting fires are not “largely peaceful” protesters. Those who say so must have missed the flying rocks, glass bottles, bricks and steel pellets hurled from sling shots at the police and the attempt by the mob to burn down federal buildings with police inside. Most recently, and we all saw it on TV, a man was kicked unconscious by one of the “peaceful protesters” as he was attempting to help a woman under attack.

As a mental health therapist, Sheehy must know that chanting the phrase, “Hands up! Don't shoot!” as the mothers formed their lines in front of the police is grossly inflammatory and refers back to the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014 by police.

According to the findings by the Department of Justice, officer Darren Wilson who shot Michael Brown acted out of self-defense and was justified in the killing. Nevertheless, the lie that Wilson, without cause, shot a man in the back with his hands up is perpetuated by groups with an anti-police agenda.

I would recommend to Sheehy and the mothers that if they want to be credible they must drop the chant as it screams of bias and read Heather MacDonald’s book “The War on Cops.” MacDonald’s research about the Ferguson case is based on facts and numbers and debunks the myth that most cops are racists. The mothers would do well for their cause to know these facts and act on them rather than their emotional need to virtue signal because of their white skin.

Susan Thorne