Readers Write: Sentence for police assault a crime

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Readers Write: Sentence for police assault a crime

I am appalled over the decision by Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Ruth Shillingford who gave a gangbanger with what amounts to a slap on the wrist for permanently leaving a police officer with brain damage.

New York City Police Detective Dalsh Veve was left brain damaged by Justin Murrell, a 15 year old at the time who was driving a stolen Honda and was dragging a police officer for three blocks.

Murell had a lengthy record . He should have been convicted of attempted murder but was convicted with a lesser charge. As Police Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch said, “The judge spit on every shield on every chest in the city.”

I totally agree. This egregious decision by the judge is a insult to Veve and to his family who only wanted justice. This is a travesty and a insult to police officers everywhere who only want to protect the many from harm.

Frederick R. Bedell Jr.

Mineola

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