To the editors:
[Re: "Does Junior Salazar Deserve to Die?," February 19]
Only two people know what really happened on September 12, 1984: Manuel Salazar and Joliet police officer Martin Murrin, who was killed during the incident.
Since Officer Murrin is unable to testify, we'll never know his side of the story.
While Robert McClory is arguably writing Salazar's story, it is nevertheless incredible that Officer Murrin's name is not mentioned until the ninth paragraph. The lengthy article offers barely a clue to the life of Officer Murrin, doesn't name his wife or children, nor does it provide a balanced profile of Murrin's career.
Readers are presented a one-dimensional description of a faceless police officer (no pictures of Officer Murrin, his wife, or family), no interviews with his family or fellow officers, and no description of Murrin's bullet-ridden face.
After nine years, the question remains "Does Junior Salazar deserve to die?" Probably not. But neither did Officer Murrin, who got the death penalty without a judge or jury.