Meeske Coverage Applauded

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Editor:

Thank you for your extensive stories of the shooting of Department of Public Safety Officer Seth Meeske.

The complete coverage by Roundup staff is exemplary investigative, in-depth reporting.

In my 44 years as a police officer, I have never seen such a thorough and balanced report of an officer-involved shooting.

While the images of blood spatter on a patrol car may have been disturbing to some, it is important to remind people that it ain’t like TV where the hero is back on duty by the end of the hour.

My sympathy to all who have lost a loved one in the line of duty, and my wish for Officer Meeske’s complete recovery.

Christopher Pollack

Comments

Ronald Hamric 5 months, 3 weeks ago

As regards this issue with people being upset with the reality contained in the article you refer to, I recall an instance in the past when others faced such a decision to be so open. During the outset of WW2 the "media" were prohibited from showing the true costs of a war. No pictures of dead Americans were allowed. Then, more rational minds accepted that it has a benefit for people to be exposed to the reality of the dangers and terrible consequences of such undertakings. Yes, it is hard to look at, but no less real and factual. It is important that people not be insulated from the risks and sufferings of those that "protect and serve". To do otherwise causes people to actually believe in the false illusions that Hollywood has perpetrated upon it's patrons. Unless they are occasionally confronted with the true realities, they may find it all too easy to accept and marginalize such endeavors. People should not be bombarded with this, as that may lead to ambivalence and apathy, but they do need to be reminded and shown on occasion, that very reality. Yes, it can be painful to look at, but no less important to be reminded.

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