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SHOOTING: Sheriff’s comments make situation worse

Letter by Susan Day Mitchell, Lakewood on May 19, 2010 at 12:56 pm with 5 Comments »
May 19, 2010 12:56 pm

Re: “Fight with father-in-law preceded Gig Harbor slayings” (TNT, 5-18).

It was nice to see that so many online commenters feel as I do that Pierce County Sheriff Paul Pastor’s venom is out of line. It must be a bit unnerving to know that your boss has no support for any situation and will politically throw you under the bus any chance he gets.

This man has children, and no one knows what happened with him and we may never know. Such venom is unnecessary regardless of what happened. The whole situation is sad no matter what, it is a tragedy pure and simple. He does not need to make it worse with his nasty, hateful comments. Those comments hurt the police community, they hurt the family and they also hurt the community as a whole.

Shame on you Pastor, but are we surprised by this behavior from him?

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  1. LibertyBell says:

    Yea, don’t make a nasty hateful comment?

    It’s only murder, yes, but cry about a statement by the Sheriff?

    Though shall not kill?

    Oh the speech, it’s so nasty?

  2. Susan, if it were the family of someone not a cop would you care so much? I very much doubt it.

  3. Susan Day Mitchell, Lakewood BRA FREAKIN VO I agree with you a million percent. His comment were highly uncalled for right now. The right thing for him to said was no comment till he had all the facts which would have been at the conculsion of the investigation Now if it’ s determine that his in – laws were the verge of turning him for being a crooked cop then by all means Sheriff Pastor should talk negative. But the deputy’s preformance record currently show 1 complaint in 11 years for not being polite for what all they put up that’s pretty damn good, But If the in-laws were not turning him and he just snapped then he needs to figure out why he snapped and If appears to be due to the pressure of being a deputy he then needs to take measure to get his fellow deputies better help to prevent this from happening again!

  4. So what should the Sheriff’s department have done?

    Act like “good old boys” and protect their own? Say, ‘Oh, he was a great guy; something else must have made him do it?”

    This man brutally murdered his child’s grandparents, in front of her scarring her for life.

    I have MORE respect for Paul Pastor taking a stand and condemning this horrid crime.

    I for one stand behind Paul Pastor and the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department.

  5. Of course we’re suprised by this behavior of Paul Pastor. As far as I’m concerned, I’m surprised by any human person who afflicts such damage to other people. Perhaps it has to do with the economic situation we’re facing, who knows?

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