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Westberg family looking for answers

Father of slain Marshall man says son’s death was ‘great injustice’

November 4, 2013

MARSHALL — It was something that didn’t need to happen, they said....

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Pirate

Nov-11-13 7:39 AM

It is disconcerting how low the bar is set for those allowed to use deadly force as part of their job in terms of psychological and performance evaluation. As in most jobs, most are good employees but here a bad one can take a life.

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fullermalarkey

Nov-09-13 8:58 PM

"Where’s justice for all the police officers who’ve been shot while on duty?"

Last year, the FBI reports that 47 police feloniously died at the hands of criminals. It is unknown how many of the officers killed had escalated the situations themselves that cost them their lives. Some stepped in front of fastly approaching cars, seeming to believe a magic suit would stop a Buick. Darwin will get his due, regardless of occupation.

On the flip side, police killed 587 people in 2012, wounded, beat and tased thousands more. Many unarmed, many just children, currently there appears to be a war on the elderly, and there has to be a locker room pool / bounty on the mentally ill.

For perspective, 639 workers died in road construction and maintenance in 2012 compared to 47 police. We probably lost more librarians in the line of duty than police.

Ever hear of an ER nurse killing a distraught, suicidal person? They see a whole lot more of 'em than the cops.

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fullermalarkey

Nov-09-13 8:36 PM

As long as police investigate police, there will never be an objective finding in this case. Until we have independent citizen review along with citizen remedy for officer involved shootings and use of force, there will be no trust, little support, and the resistance to such review only further deepens the chasm between "them" and "us".

Militarized police with no accountability does not match the original intent of a police presence in our society.

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cfh101proof

Nov-08-13 10:57 PM

This type of stuff happens WAY too often in this country. The police have been militarized in the Unazi States of America and tought to shoot first, ask questions later.You can not take your own life in this new America but it's ok for the cops to take your life. When you call the police because someone needs help and a swat team. shows. up, that swat team showed up for. one reason only. The police in this country are thugs who are bound by none of the laws we must follow. They lie just like their government controllers to cover their own *****, they kill unarmed ppl and plant a gun on them, they plant drugs on ppl. They have no credibility and id ask questions too.

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farmkid

Nov-07-13 4:57 AM

My sympathies go out to the family. The officers did their job, they don't need any sympathy.

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trident_t150

Nov-06-13 7:12 PM

With no disrespect intended:

I will venture to say that the deceased Mr. Westberg's death certificate will say "Suicide by cop."

The sympathies should go to the law enforcement officers that were put into this situation.

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commonman

Nov-05-13 6:15 PM

This Westberg family has been through some painful times. Instead of pointing fingers, I believe it's time they look from within. Deep down they know this is true.

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farmkid

Nov-05-13 6:14 AM

Forget which part? Are they supposed to forget their son, or that he was killed?

As unfortunate a situation as this is, I can't condemn police officers for doing their job to protect and to serve.

My question is, why didn't the parents make the drive to go see him themselves? I don't buy that it would have taken too long.

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farmkid

Nov-05-13 6:14 AM

Forget which part? Are they supposed to forget their son, or that he was killed?

As unfortunate a situation as this is, I can't condemn police officers for doing their job to protect and to serve.

My question is, why didn't the parents make the drive to go see him themselves? I don't buy that it would have taken too long.

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sumyounguy

Nov-04-13 1:32 PM

Pointing a gun at a cop never works out well. The part about the brother behind pushed aside is troubling, however. He may have been able to help. To not allow him to try, seems over-controlling, dare I say negligent.

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blasphemer

Nov-04-13 9:30 AM

If you don't forgive...you will never be able to forget.

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OIIOHH

Nov-04-13 9:04 AM

Where’s justice for all the police officers who’ve been shot while on duty?

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Ithink

Nov-04-13 8:11 AM

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ugot2bkiddin

Nov-04-13 7:17 AM

First, let me say I'm sorry for your lost. I know not all the facts are out yet, but if someone points a gun at officers, everyone knows what the outcome is going to be. We live in a victimized society where it is always someone else's fault. It's unfortunate this happened, but don't put blame where it doesn't belong.

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