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Published: Friday, Jan. 25 2013 12:00 a.m. MST

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one old man
Ogden, UT

Agreed.

Although I am usually very pro-police, there seems to be an extremely disturbing pattern emerging from West Valley. I can think of several recent incidents in which there seemed to be something going on that shouldn't be happening out there.

Dektol
Powell, OH

Takes time to get everyone in line when you are making sure they have the story memorized.

Johnny Moser
Thayne, WY

Let me just say that I, for one, am glad that my family and friends are not located in and rarely pass through West Valley City.

I am unimpressed with WVC's ability to handle sensitive police matters. Their track record over the past several years leaves many questions unanswered. Hopefully me and mine never have to hope for their cooperation and information.

Should we need their help, I find little in how they have acted recently that convinces me I could get a straight answer.

one vote
Salt Lake City, UT

When does the grand jury meet?

WestGranger
West Valley City, Utah

I still believe that the police, as a whole are the good guys. Few journalists or members of the public know the ins and outs of police investigative. However, W.V.C. police should know that it is very poor public relations practice to fail to reveal even basic information over three months. The conspiracy theories will flow in such a case. It appears to be a cover up. If not a cover up it, appears to be a serious disregard for citizen's right to know. There may even be an underlying attitude of W.V.C. that lacks of accountability that could lead to corruption if unchecked. The Deseret News editorial is very reputable, but newspapers and the press have proven to to make mistakes. Overall, they have lost the public trust. Right now I think the DN is just doing its job. If there is not a very good explanation the WV police may take a big PR hit.(That is if enough people are paying attention.)

Deserthiker
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

Perhaps it's time for the state to initiate an outside, unbiased investigation of both the shooting and the WVC police department's response to it..

procuradorfiscal
Tooele, UT

This editorial merely highlights the arrogance and narcissism of the out-of-touch information business. Its business model demands that others do their work for them, then quickly and cheerfully supply fourth estate reps with bullets they know are quite likely to be fired back in their direction.

And if a thorough, professional investigation gets in the way of the business model, the modern, lazy press, rather than finding and reporting the facts, engages in unsupported editorial ad hominem character assassination, to pressure police to knuckle under to its business priorities.

DN has exactly the same access to those with knowledge of the facts as WV Police. But, apparently, the concept of "investigative reporting" is unknown in these parts.

cjb
Bountiful, UT

This isn't the first time WVC police have had at least the appearance of falling short of the mark. In the Susan Powell murder case, several times they led the public into believing the case would be solved shortly, but it never was. It's hard for me to imagine how a simple shooting by a police officer could take so long to investigate.

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

The reminds me so much of Susan Powell.

When will we replace the department and their poor leadership?

Beverly
Eden, UT

When the police are not forthcoming with an investigation, it is the responsibility of a free press to pursue the reasons. Your opinions on this issue fulfill a First Amendment responsibility of a free press. Is it hypocrisy when a free press fails to report, or form an opinion, when the Salt Lake Chief of Police makes National news in support of Gun legislation to prevent gun violence and save lives in America?
Hacking at the branches of evil when you are in full control of the roots is duplicity in its finest form.

JayTee
Sandy, UT

Okay, now it's FOUR months since the incident, and still no answers. How in the world can we now live in a society that tolerates this? Are we now at war with our own governments, and the people we pay to supposedly "protect and serve?" This is amazing.

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