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Mailbag: Still seeking answers in shooting

July 21, 2010

Burbank Police Chief Scott LaChasse's apology for having to restrict the parking lot at Kmart and the surrounding area for such a long time after the shooting of two officers on July 2 ("Chief thanks public for cooperation", July 17) was well received by myself, as I am sure by most of the citizens of Burbank.

His explanation of why this was necessary with regards to the investigation made a lot of sense. He also expressed his gratitude for the public's cooperation, and the many expressions of concern for the officers' welfare, as well as the cards and posters in support of the Burbank Police Department.

What I found missing was any mention of what future training may be put in place to prevent such incidents in the first place. How an already-handcuffed shoplifting suspect being apprehended by two officers can take an officer's gun away from him and shoot both officers is hard to imagine.

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I commend both officers for, despite their injuries, regaining control of the suspect with no harm to anyone else. I in no way presume to second-guess these officers. Their bravery speaks for itself.

I have not seen any definitive official statement that the gun used was the officer's service weapon, only inferences that it was. Nor have I seen any statements that say it was any other gun. Chief?

John Suderman

Burbank

Athletic club should focus on improvement

The lawsuit by the Burbank Athletic Club ("Athletic club owner sues," July 17) against 24 Hour Fitness reminds me how the owners of the Glendale Galleria fought the Americana at Brand. They spent tons of money trying to stop it, and the cost probably contributed to the General Growth bankruptcy.

Face it — if people wanted to go to the Burbank Athletic Club, they would join. They don't. So maybe rather than fighting something that people want, the athletic club needs to review its own business plan and find out why people don't want to join.

Linda Bessin

Burbank

L.A. riots prove need for gun rights

I found it amazing to read Robert Morrison's smug, self-righteous two cents regarding gun ownership ("Interpretations of 2nd Amendment," July 10).

I wonder where he was during the L.A. riots? Probably safely ensconced behind his Glendale gated community watching the anarchy unfold on his wide-screen TV whilst munching on salted nuts.

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