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LETTERS

We the electorate have given police unions too much clout

In this July 2016 file photo, the Somerville Police Union staged a protest in front of Somerville City Hall to protest the presence of a Black Lives Matter banner on the building's facade.
In this July 2016 file photo, the Somerville Police Union staged a protest in front of Somerville City Hall to protest the presence of a Black Lives Matter banner on the building's facade.Jim Davis/Globe Staff

Re “Don’t reform police unions — abolish them” (Opinion, June 17): The problem is not the union but rather the power that we the electorate have given the unions.

Police unions deliver votes and provide campaign funds. They support candidates who favor their choice of prosecutors, their attitude toward citizen review boards, and their policing rules, including, use of force. When their candidates are elected, those elected officials incorporate police union views into law.

Reform can’t happen until police unions no longer control the election process.

Howard Winkler

Lexington