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I wish to comment on the letter you published November 13 in response to the article "Shot in the Dark" [November 6].

The article is a superior document on a person who could have been responsible for yet another star (Tyler) to go into that honored case at 11th and State. The person (Gene Morrissey) who wrote the letter missed the point. How could anyone have read the article and lumped all of the officers under the same category? Something needs to be said about the officer (Peck) who entered when the others couldn't get in and, it is obvious, the officer (Wise) who took the downed officer's vest, which is an appallingly inhumane act. So to say they are or should be seen as one and the same is ludicrous.

Chicago, where I was born, educated, and now live and work, is having to coin Bennett's phrase, its very own "death of outrage." With Hillard and Daley's blessing, we have a dangerous cop handed a promotion--not earned like others who passed tests. Where are the voices of its citizenry, its politicians, media (TV), and watchdog groups? I don't understand, if the letter you published is symbolic of others you received, how anyone reading your article with thought could have mistaken it for anything other than what it was really about. Thank you, John Conroy.

Alexander Schaffer


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