Letter: Sentence in pedestrian death

Nassau County police said public safety officer Robert

Nassau County police said public safety officer Robert Core of Hempstead, left, was on duty, and driving a marked town patrol car, when he fatally hit a pedestrian in East Meadow near the Nassau University Medical Center. (July 14, 2011) (Credit: NCPD, left; Handout)

What is happening to our judicial system? Although former Hempstead Public Safety Officer Robert Core, 52, was found to be legally drunk, prosecutors did not prove that his drunkeness caused the accident that took the life of Eddie Cotto, 50, of Lindenhurst, according to Nassau County Judge Jerald Carter. Core was found not guilty of vehicular manslaughter, but convicted of aggravated drunken driving.

Core's vehicle struck Cotto crossing Hempstead Turnpike, and the incident was captured by a video camera. The force with which Cotto was struck was devastating and difficult to watch.

A public safety officer driving drunk while on duty is a slap in the face to every citizen. The fact that Core will serve a maximum of nine months is why so many citizens have lost faith in our judicial system.

Jim Bridges, Ronkonkoma

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