I really enjoyed the cover story on the police brutality in the Area 2 headquarters [“Town Without Pity,” January 12]. I couldn’t believe all of the wrongdoings that are going on in the Chicago police force.

I agree with you 100 percent. We should do something about the leniency that we give officers that we find out used brute force to get a confession out of someone or just trying to get off for the night. The way these men were treated during questioning and the initial arrest was chilling. Somewhere in my mind I really only believed that such things only happened in the movies or on Cops.

I was especially touched by the story about the missionary students and how the psychologists John Darley and C. Daniel Batson tried to make a point about the length of human kindness even in monastery school. I don’t mean to sound like they are above anyone else. You just expect more from some people toward some things. The way they showed how we as a people are so self-consumed in our own lives and forget the common man is astounding. I was walking down Michigan Avenue one day and a young man was selling Streetwise magazines. I told him that I didn’t have change but later I would be passing this same intersection again and if he was there I would give it to him then.

Later that day I did pass that same intersection like I said and he was still there. When I gave him the money, he was very surprised that I would remember or take the time to remember and actually do it. We need to take the time to help the less fortunate in this world. Every one of us is just a small step away from being where they are–or we were once there.

Every one of us needs a reality check when it comes to the homeless and the destitute of the world. Just because I don’t have as much as you is no reason for you to treat me like dirt or anything beneath it.

The “don’t see no evil, hear no evil, and say no evil” rule of life has to come to an end. Many times we try to block things out so we don’t have to assume responsibility for what we saw and leave it alone. If it doesn’t affect us directly, we tend to look the other way.

Haven’t you done enough looking away and minding your own business? Minding your own business is important but when someone is being hurt because of it, someone has to take a stand and say “I’m not taking this anymore.”

Anastasia McGahee