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Posted on May 7 at 11:05 p.m. (Suggest removal)

@Jeff Jones - L.O.L. You sound ridiculous. That is all.

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Posted on October 9 at 5:36 p.m. (Suggest removal)

@robbump well put

@hayden - We live in a day where everyone has to be careful of what's said or else they might offend everyone. Well, as long as Sean Lowery is not preaching from a specific set of religious perspectives, he should not be causing great offense. That being said, you and everyone else who rebukes this type of teaching is overly sensitive. I don't know why you would be upset at his sharing anecdotes and other positive messages like teamwork, being a better person, hard work ethic. Where is he wrong there? I have had to sit through social studies classes which are a completely subjective summation of the history of nations and of the world. I have had to sit through science class, each with their own take on creation and evolution. That is more preaching and offensive to me. When I get papers marked poorly because I didn't just regurgitate what the teacher said and I had an opposing view, that is wrong and that is what a school needs to address. They didn't with me.. My main point ultimately is that music, especially group music, is about cooperation and working as a unit, it's about putting in hard work, and it's about giving everything you have to a greater goal so that others may benefit from listening to a concert. The performers also receive their own benefit and improved skills from regular concerts. So teaching simply about notes on a page... useless without the other stuff. Music is inspired to people when they compose it and therefore the people recreating that music should be inspired and try to emulate that inspiration. You have missed the point of music altogether. And I'm guessing there's something personal here too.

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Posted on October 28 at 11:58 a.m. (Suggest removal)

UGH! I know. I can't believe she won a reward for her reporting. I've heard from some of my friends on the force that she stalks them looking for something to go wrong or to be out of place. It makes me sick.

From: Letters to the Editor for Oct. 26

Posted on October 27 at 11:49 p.m. (Suggest removal)

@ Marincic I know. But I have taken it upon myself to write the wrongs (yes, write) of the Gazette's libelous remarks and persistent crusade against our defenders of public safety. We would all be ignorant if we denied that some bad apples (or good apples gone bad) have been and still are employed by police everywhere. But we would all be more ignorant for condemning the police generally. People are so quick to criticize them and maybe I'll never change minds. But I feel strongly that someone should speak out against poor reporting on this particular matter.

From: Letters to the Editor for Oct. 26

Posted on October 24 at 1:37 p.m. (Suggest removal)

My last issue with this is the "less nasty measures like pepper spray or a night stick". I mean, come on! Less nasty than a blunt force object which can injure, maim, and kill much faster and more efficiently than a spray and a taser. Tasers are Faaaaar more safer to use than a baton, both for the officer AND for the suspect. Tasers are painful, no doubt. But when it's done, it's done. Let's now look at pepper spray. Oleoresin Capsicum is the name of the inflammatory agent in most peppers. OC Spray. It is extremely painful. Check your average hot sauce. It's probably a few thousand to maybe a hundred thousand scoville heating units, the basic unit to measure the "hotness". The ghost chili pepper discovered in India, the hottest pepper in the world, is around 1-1.5 million scoville heating units. Pepper spray is typically 2 million scoville heating units. It is extremely painful. You can't see. You can't even force your eyes open. You can't breathe. You can't function because of the pain. Water doesn't help as much as one might think. It sucks. And it lasts for much longer than the regular 5 seconds that someone gets tased. When the electricity stops, the pain stops. The pepper spray is the pain that keeps on hurting. Hours it takes... Hours. And when you think you've got it off, the first time you shower it happens all over again with the residual spray on your hair. Pepper spray is really nasty stuff. I would say that it is also "torture-like".

From: Editorial: Police too quick to use Tasers

Posted on October 24 at 1:35 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I agree. I would like to add some things. I responded in a letter to the editor which will apparently be published.

I love how they use the phrase "uncooperative customer" to indicate someone who has done something or was suspected of doing something and then resists arrest or physically interferes with the police. Great way to skew the lens here. I also love how they only use two incidents as examples, both of which were fully justified in using the taser. I will reserve my issues with the NYCLU.

Fleeing suspects especially ones that are reportedly dangerous are absolutely able to be tasered justifiably. Two reasons here. The first is that they are fleeing arrest. It's called DeBour levels and there are four of them. When someone suspected of a crime flees, it is an automatic pursue and arrest situation. This is something that the supreme court decided on. So someone suspected of anything criminal who is fleeing is essentially evading an arrest. Additionally, officers are most often injured and on disability for periods of time due to injuries sustained while in pursuit of a suspect. It's officer safety to tase a suspect who is evading arrest. The asp won't work, the spray won't work, the gun will work but most often it's not justifiable. Tasers are excellent tools in keeping our police safe.

Regarding the 13 year old in Rotterdam, it was a large fight and he was in it and he was sizeable. We've all seen teenagers who look a lot older than they are simply because of their mere size. Officer safety.

From: Editorial: Police too quick to use Tasers

Posted on October 13 at 3:23 p.m. (Suggest removal)

@ Polenz - You say less than lethal force should be used for defense from a lethal weapon. I understand your argument regarding proper training with all weapons and with disarming suspects. I would first like to thank you for your service to the country. But now I might insult you. What, did you fight in a controlled situation? Training room...mats...level-headed instructor going through the same motions? Do they have black belts in the Navy? If you were trained to the effectively lethal level that you claim to have been, why, oh why, would you write such things about police? You prove my point either way. Let me begin: Real life is far different from any training scenario experience. No matter how well you could disarm someone with a knife in a training scenario, you would be less likely to succeed in real life. The number one rule of knife fights is "you will get cut". So automatically there is threat to the officer. Let's take this from a different angle involving variables, something that's not experienced in training. The first variable is that this person has intentions and no one knows what they are. In training the intention is known. You engage the other person until the technique has been performed and then you stop. In real life, the variable is how hard and how fast and how persistently that person will be trying to take your life. Also, because tonijean brought it up, you have another variable of mental instability combined with the sometimes superhuman powers that accompany such a situation. And my final and favorite point to you is one you might agree with. No one is exactly as good at something as someone else. That is to say that there's always someone better than you. No matter how trained you are, someone can best you. Assuming that you agree with that maxim, why would an officer, knowing full well that he is not a trained and seasoned knife fighter, engage with another suspect of unknown skill with only some pepper spray? That defies basic intuition and these cops aren't here to be superman or batman. They are here to address the issue, clear the call, and go home alive. I don't think that the suspect gave his knife fighting credentials to the officer. And even if he did, no one would take that chance. This is not about dueling. This is about safety. It's about eliminating risk, which sometimes means taking action against the suspect the way that they did.

When cops shoot, they shoot to live. They don't shoot to kill. I challenge anyone who thinks that they are more level headed and more tough than a cop to patrol the streets and try to conform to policy, procedure, law, politics, and still to keep cool and calm when you have a scumbag of any caliber giving you a hard time and threatening your safety. It's physically and psychologically taxing.

From: Letters to the Editor for Oct. 12

Posted on October 13 at 3:23 p.m. (Suggest removal)

@ Chad Polenz and @ tonijean613:

A lot of things were said here but maybe I can help with some points. The first is that OC spray and batons and tasers are all considered less-than-lethal uses of force. A knife is considered lethal. So is a gun. Police do not walk around with knives on their duty belts. According to the use of force continuum: Force was matched with force here. In fact, the suspect was the one who escalated the situation, not the officer.

The second is that they had already called for units with tasers. Those units did not arrive before the suspect made an attempt to use the knife against the officers present. So again, instead of just shooting up the gazette office, they made clear their intentions to wait as long as possible in a very dangerous and hostile situation for the best possible outcome.

@Tonijean613: I understand that some police misuse their powers that the people have entrusted them with. But so do people in every field of work ever. There is a stigma that comes with police doing it because they are armed and charged with enforcing the law, not abusing it. This was definitely not the case here. Police have to regularly deal with people who don't like them and people who are aggressive, difficult, violent, rude, angry and a slew of other adjectives. Every call a police officer goes to involves them not being liked. When was the last time you thanked a police officer for doing their job? The issue comes down to this: When police (who are just as human as you or I) deal with the scum of society all day long they learn one thing - Don't mess around. If they go to a call they will not be smiling. They will not be happy. They will not be mad or angry. They will be straight-faced and ready to deal with the situation as they need to. They will not allow whoever they are dealing with any leeway for argument. They will always be evaluating every tiny movement, every word spoken, and any other action that someone might do to determine how they can be harmed in that situation. They are thinking worst case scenario.

From: Letters to the Editor for Oct. 12

Posted on January 13 at 12:48 p.m. (Suggest removal)

C'mon, really? Grow up.

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