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June 27, 2013

Letter:Killers do not belong on list of victims of gun violence

To the editor:

This is a copy of a letter we have sent to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg:

During a rally in New Hampshire last week the organization you lead, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, honored the terrorist from the Boston Marathon bombing, Tamerlan Tsarnaev. The “Boston Bomber’s” name was on a list your group described as containing names of victims of gun violence, and it included murderers who are known to be responsible for the deaths of police officers, as well as thugs who have sought to harm or kill law enforcement personnel. As the presidents of two statewide professional law enforcement associations, we write to express our deep outrage.

As you know, the horrible Boston Marathon bombing left three dead, including an 8-year old boy, and 264 injured. Tsarnaev and his brother are also suspected of murdering MIT police officer Sean Collier in the line of duty, and seriously injuring MBTA Transit Police Officer Richard Donohue Jr.

The list your organization cited also included the name of Christopher Dorner, who killed two police officers and two others earlier this year in California. Dorner was the focus of the largest manhunt in Los Angeles Police Department history.

Also listed was Jeremy Goulet, who killed two police detectives in Santa Cruz, California, in February.

Additionally, the list your group cited included several hoodlums who attempted to kill police officers. Kurt Myers, suspected of killing four people in New York, was killed after he fired at a tactical team. Anthony James Galla, who was wanted in connection with his alleged involvement in a shooting, was killed in a shootout with police in Pennsylvania. And Esteban J. Smith was killed after engaging in a shootout with authorities that left a sheriff wounded.

It is deeply shameful that your organization listed these criminals as having been “murdered” and used them as examples of gun violence. Law enforcement here in New Hampshire and across the country put their lives on the line every day to keep our communities safe. We are deeply offended that your group suggested that a terrorist and these criminals, who tried to injure or kill our brother officers, are victims.

Chief Michael Sielicki,

President, New Hampshire Association of Chiefs of Police

Sheriff Scott Hilliard

President. New Hampshire Sheriff’s Association

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