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April 7, 2014

In Your Opinion: Story's headline was shameful

This is in response to the appalling headline “Local man killed in shootout with police.” As a wife, mother, sister and aunt of police officers, I think this headline is disgusting! 

First, the headline leads you to believe that police killed a suspect without ever mentioning that a police officer was also killed. WHAT! Who decided to make the headline about the suspect that for whatever reason decided to do harm on this tragic day and kill a police officer, husband and father? 

What happened to the hero police Officer, David Smith, who answered a call on that morning, to protect and serve his community? He was killed in the line of duty attempting to protect others, but doesn’t even deserve a headline? 

Police officers put their lives on the line every day! My heart goes out to his family. The police officers in my family and police officers everywhere have earned more respect than The Daily Star gave this officer, making the headline about a criminal. Give the officer the respect he deserves! Shame on you, Daily Star! 

Colleen Sheldon


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