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Letter: When someone threatens violence, report it

TO THE EDITOR

As a nurse practitioner, if a patient threatened violence, I was required to notify the local police and to notify the individual to whom the treat had been made. Why should I hold a patient accountable but not another individual who is threatening someone or encouraging to be violent?

I don't care if it is a patient, a nurse, a preacher, or a politician, in other words anyone who makes threats or encourages others to conduct violence, that person should be held accountable. No excuses. No hapless regrets. No convenient denial. No accommodation for those who think they are above the law. If you threaten violence or encourage violence, notify the authorities who should take action to secure your weapons and monitor your behavior.

The President said, "I'd like to punch him in the face" about a protester in Las Vegas, Feb. 23, 2016) or "Knock the crap out of him, would you? I promise you, I will pay your legal fees" at a Rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in February 2016). https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/donald-trump-incitement-violence/

Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., was accused of inciting action against Trump's cabinet "If you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd and you push back on them!" While this comment did not promote physical harm, it was the impetus for the White House press secretary and her family to leave a restaurant. https://www.washingtonpost.com/.../before-trump-warned-that-maxine-water.....

But is it just violence or a less physical threat like the graffiti left on two black families' homes in River Falls that should also be addressed? (Alleged Hudson assault leads to hate crime charge)

I don't care if you are Democrat, Republican, a nurse, or anyone on U.S. soil, if you see or hear someone make a threat, harass another person or encourage violence, as a citizen you need to report that individual. We can't have a civil discussion and come to some positive resolve if we allow this behavior to persist.

Deborah Monicken

North Hudson