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July 19, 2013
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Letter: Police action was appropriate

Police action appropriate

“Despite best intentions, police killed mentally ill man.”

It’s a headline that potentially slanders a department that protects and serves us.

Police did not kill a mentally ill man. The mentally ill man with a bad heart died after refusing to stop “jumping on cars,” resulting in tasers and pepper spray designed to provide a non-lethal response to a threat being used to quiet him.

The publisher admits that he didn’t think he would stand by “while Price stomped” his truck and that he might even grab a baseball bat. Lethal?

“What we don’t know is why and whether there was anything the cops could have done differently that day.”

“Price’s family deserves some answers and so does a community that expects a lot from the men and women we ask to protect us.”

I am and have been a member of that community since 1945. I have my answer. I believe the police did what had to be done.

Helen S. Carlson

Roseburg


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The News-Review Updated Jul 19, 2013 12:48PM Published Jul 19, 2013 12:48PM Copyright 2013 The News-Review. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.