Letters: Pain over shootings

Nassau County police officers console one another outside

Nassau County police officers console one another outside the Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park after the fatal shooting of fellow Officer Arthur Lopez. (Oct. 23, 2012) (Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy)

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Once again we have lost two people, one a police officer doing his job, and the other a citizen whose only crime was to pull over to the shoulder to talk on the phone ["After two killings, anger," News, Oct. 24].

And their lives were tragically ended by a criminal with an arrest record. To whom do we owe this tragedy? The attorneys and judges who have released him two times and placed him back on the street instead of keeping him behind bars.

It is time for the officials of this state -- besides the police -- to start enforcing stiffer laws for multiple offenders. They seem to have more rights than other citizens.

Frances Harwood, Seaford
 

I was so deeply saddened to hear of the deaths of motorist Raymond Facey and Nassau County Police Officer Arthur Lopez, who were allegedly slain in cold blood by a man who had an extended rap sheet and was recently let out of prison.

The loss from this senseless, despicable crime is devastating to their families, friends and comrades. And the police force's hard work -- risking officers' lives to put criminals away -- seems to go to waste when our judicial system so easily sets inmates free.

Perhaps these lawmakers or judges should switch places with the officers one day to see how hard their jobs are -- or give another thought to the devastated families and friends of the victims. They should also consider the true safety of our community.

Liz Wood, East Meadow
 

My heart breaks for the family of Officer Lopez. As the father of a Nassau police officer, this is my greatest fear.

The risk is always there, but this is what they do for work. I am proud of my son and the officers who have the guts to perform this work that most people wouldn't or couldn't do.

It troubles me when I read that police officers are overpaid. The next time reporters or politicians want to ask about salaries, they should visit the families of those who died protecting us. They won't like the answer.

Tim Siar Sr., Lindenhurst

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