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Your liberal fluff piece about a criminal | Letters

This is regarding the fluff piece about the shoplifter who was shot at the Federal Way Wal-Mart (“Criminal past aside, deceased shoplifter was a friend,” Aug. 3).

Obviously your reporter is a product of Evergreen State or some other comparable uber-liberal brainwashing campus. The headline alone is nothing but a spin. Quote: “Criminal past aside...”

In the first place, this individual did not have a criminal past. He died in the commission of a crime, which equates to criminal present, not past. Past would imply he had made a conscious effort at reform, which he clearly had not, since he was wanted at the time of his death for parole violations (plural).

Then your reporter tries to play him off as a family man. Really?!? He has convictions (again plural) for domestic violence. Having worked in the field, you really have to mess up your girlfriend/wife to get convicted. The majority of cases are reduced to disturbing the peace or disorderly conduct. Just the thought that a “make the bad guy a victim” piece like this is on your front page is a travesty to real journalism. This abomination is a direct attack on the police force for the sake of stirring up controversy.

Here are the facts. The scumbag was armed, he reached for his gun, so the police did what they should and shot him. What would an obviously liberal rag like yours have them do? Ask him nicely to please refrain from shooting at the officers? And this lady who had this guy as a role model for her kid? DSHS needs to be looking into that, that’s for sure.

This story is an affront to anybody who has a brain and a dash of common sense. This guy spent his entire life stealing and assaulting people. He had numerous drug convictions, which was 100 percent the reason he was shoplifting (again I can say this because I worked in the field).

Doing a fluff piece on a guy like this is just plain shameful. What’s going to be the headline tomorrow? “Gary Ridgway, not just a serial killer, he was a heck of a Sunday school teacher too.” I wouldn’t doubt it.

Robert G. Burwell, Federal Way



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