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Don’t coddle criminal element

Published: Sat, March 24, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

Don’t coddle criminal element

The headline read, “37-year YPD officer retires after probe into force used on inmate,” Vindicator, March 18. I’m outraged, outraged, outraged, that a city police officer is forced to retire because the chief of police remarks that he, the patrolman, “went too far.”

That inmate did not just spit on Patrolman Lewis, he spat on the entire uniformed policemen in the city of Youngstown, and the chief of police to boot. That inmate was being taken from a city courtroom for being disruptive. The inmate was belittling the entire city of Youngstown with his behavior.

The mayor should be looking for a new chief of police. You do not gain respect by kowtowing to incorrigibles. They will run roughshod over you. This is evident in what has been happening in the courtroom in the past, and will continue.

You want to reduce crime in the city, the first thing is to let the criminals know that you are in charge. Then you will get the respect that you deserve, and the city will be a better place to live.

Leonard J. Sainato, Warren


1Ianacek(908 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Ah.. bring back the good old days in Youngstown ! Over 100 murders a year , 2 arsons a day , car bombs , Prosecutor being shot & left for dead at home etc.

Any person in custody who spits at a police officer is certain to end up with more jail time as a matter of course , so the police officer has guaranteed justice & no excuse for losing his temper & behaving unprofessionally .

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2Ceaman(54 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

I wonder how many other times this officer has overstepped the mark lost his temper , behaved unprofessionally and it didn't make the headlines? It might be time to retire after 37 years and let some new blood in who can run as fast as the criminals.

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3zz3(931 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Ya bring back the good ole days when you could walk safely anywhere on the North Side,South Side. Businesses opened in downtown youngstown because people came. They don't now because there is nothing there and what little there is people do not want to go there after dark because of the atmosphere. Take a drive through about 1 am or better yet get out of your car and walk if you think you can. Yep bring the good ole days anytime

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