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Letter: City shouldn’t give family of robbery suspect a dime

City shouldn’t give family of robbery suspect a dime

I would like to respond to an article in The News in which it was reported that the City of Buffalo is considering offering a settlement of $600,000 for a lawsuit brought by the family of a man shot by a cop.

This man was fatally shot after a police officer went to his apartment to question him about a robbery committed at gunpoint at a pharmacy, where narcotic drugs had been stolen. The officer told investigators that he shot the man because he pulled a gun on him. Police learned later that the weapon was a replica of a gun.

The grand jury decided not to file any charges against the officer. The public taxpayers should not have to pay the family for a suspect who pulled a gun on a police officer. It’s impossible to tell if a gun is a replica or real unless you have the gun in your hand. Also, the drugs taken during the course of the robbery of the pharmacy were recovered in the man’s apartment.

This lawsuit goes against the saying, “Crime doesn’t pay.”

Lt. Charles Krathaus (Retired)

Erie County Sheriff’s Department


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