Printed letters, March 24, 2010

Common sense, not lethal force

Regarding the Feb. 28 shooting of Brent Ingram, clearly there was no reason to shoot at an intoxicated man with a pocketknife.

What has become of non-lethal weapons such as pepper spray, tear gas, Tasers or just plain common sense?

The door to the room was locked, which meant this man wanted to be alone. Warrants for Mr. Ingram’s arrest would still be valid and enforceable the next day.

Brent Ingram was not a threat to the public. He did not deserve to die because he abused alcohol.

EDITH MCGINTY

Clifton

Officers should have used more caution

My family and other families we have spoken with all have concerns regarding the recent red-light incident, as well as the Timbers Motel shooting.

In the red-light situation, the officer should have cleared the intersection properly before beginning a high-speed pursuit. Any innocent citizen could have been killed in that situation.

In the motel incident, no one faults the two officers for defending themselves. However, someone is responsible for sending those two officers into that man’s residence, knowing ahead of time that he was already intoxicated and angry.

Everyone, including the Grand Junction Police Department, knows domestic disputes are the most volatile situations for all involved. We contend that when a man is surprised in his residence while intoxicated and angry (for the second time) he will respond in an angry or violent manner nine times out of 10.

We feel that this situation was incited by the police department, resulting in a man losing his life unnecessarily.

Everyone has some fault in this matter, but we feel the majority of the blame lies on whoever made the call to enter the motel room rather than find a safe way to handle this matter.

We also have a major concern that excessive force was used in attempting to arrest Mr. Ingram. Two shots to the chest from a police revolver is one shot too many. The law only protects anyone who is defending himself using reasonable force, not excessive force.

We hope the district attorney’s office will take a close look at these situations and decide if the Grand Junction Police Department is operating within the parameters of the law.

From these two instances alone, we come to the conclusion the police department has an “act first, think later” mentality.

We do not know anyone in the Grand Junction Police Department or Mr. Ingram’s family. We are speaking as concerned citizens who are fearful of our safety in any situation concerning the police department. This is not how we want to live and we would like to be heard.

KEVIN DUNLOW

Grand Junction

Toyotas remain very dependable vehicles

It didn’t take long after the government bailed out the American auto companies for the focus to shift from the inadequacies of the American car industry to the glitches of the more-popular, quality-made “foreign designed” (not assembled) cars.

Although I don’t doubt that there are a few problems with the newer model Toyotas, I highly doubt that there is the widespread panic by consumers, as is continually reported by the media. I think it is an attempt by the new owners (aka government) to tarnish the reputation of Toyota, or at the very least, an attempt to put doubt in the minds of American consumers.

Toyota cars and trucks have been leaders in dependability and economy for some time now, and the American people have taken notice.

We are a family of four who own five Toyotas. Our extended family all drive Toyotas. We have learned over the years that you get what you pay for with Toyota. We work hard for our money and we want to be able to trust our vehicles.

If you offered me a new Ford or Chevy or an old Toyota, I’d take the Toyota and, while the value of the other car steadily declines, my Toyota will always have a value higher than the others.

A good automobile should be an investment, not an expense. We are capable of producing such investments, but we continue to make excuses for why we should settle.

LINDA SAUNDERS-MARTINEZ

Grand Junction



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