Singh's execution heartbreaking

03/23/2014 1:03 PM

03/24/2014 9:05 AM

Re "Family grieves, waits for answers in police shooting of Lodi war vet" (Page A1, March 23): I don't often cry reading The Sacramento Bee, but this morning I did. I had to set the paper aside and read in stages the article about Army veteran Parminder Singh Shergill's execution by cop. I thought of my own son and bowed my head in gratitude that I have not had to experience the unbelievably painful grief his family is going through.

Parminder's brother is quoted as asking: "Why would they shoot him 14 times?" Because they can. Because we let them. They will be found to have operated within department policies and procedures. They always are. The myth of the valiant men in blue serving and protecting is a deadly one. Parm was killed by so-called protectors of the Constitution he gave everything to defend.

Justice mourns.

-- Michael R. Gorman, Sacramento

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