Police put their lives on the line every day

Published: Sunday, January 29, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 28, 2006 at 9:28 p.m.
In response to James Moore's Jan. 19 letter about a recent police involved shooting:
Moore wrote that the only response by the unformed police "gangs" is to overstep their authority and bust heads or worse. He must have missed the countless thousands of times in which officers handled deadly situations without loss of life, to either innocents citizens, armed felons or the officers themselves.
Moore also stated that the cops had "no clue" about the situation. Where does he get his information about the details involved in this tragic case? He said the cops "just blazed away" killing a young boy. How many shots were fired in this gun battle?
In my years as a municipal "gang member," I have had several instances in which young boys with very real, very loaded guns tried to kill me. There were no funerals.
Allowing the boy's father onto the scene would have put yet another person in jeopardy. I feel for the family and friends of the young man. I feel more for the officers involved. They didn't ask to be thrown into such a dreadful situation; they responded to a call for help and went into harm's way. Doing what most of us would run from. Being the heros who take on what others could not imagine trying to do.
I have been where those officers were, confronted with life and death situations that required instantaneous response on my part and that of other officers. Police don't have the luxury of retreat, they must react, respond to and clean up the messes others create.
Moore might want to join a citizens academy or a ride along program. Then he might get a glimpse of what the real world is like, and how professional officers handle themselves when faced with the worst of what we humans do to each other.
Bill Sepko, Branford

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