June 16, 2019

Shooting of a veteran

My name is Timothy Boobar, a Vietnam veteran 100 percent post-tramatic stress disorder.

On the shooting of the veteran in Wellington, this makes me very upset to think the police are so under-trained that they shoot and ask questions later. Growing up I was taught to respect policemen, but not anymore.

They killed a brother in arms, as far as I’m concerned it’s nothing but murder. Every investigation always is justified. What about his family, friends, and other veterans?

Maybe someday this state trooper will get killed in the so-called line of duty and (the) state will make a big deal of it. But vets are still just forgotten.

People say, “Oh, he’s just another Vietnam vet; no big deal.” Well, it is to me.

Nothing has changed since we all came back. If an experienced combat vet wanted to, he could have taken some with him which he didn’t do; he only fired at them.

Togus should have kept a closer eye on him. But that’s the government too, just like the state.

I’m not a threat to anyone, just telling my side as I see it. L/Cpl. Timothy Boobar USMC, 1st Marine Division Vietnam Medford

Re: “Armed vet killed in standoff.” This is a death which did not and should not have happened.

Why didn’t the police back off and wait him out? It seems the police have a license to shoot at least provocation without thinking, and of course they receive the OK from the attorney general.

This killing in cold blood is no more justified than the Wood killing or the Roy shooting in Lewiston.

We need police who are not frightened and can talk to people without a gun in their hand.

Poirier should be removed from police work and never allowed to own a firearm. I hope he can sleep nights. Ronald A. Marsh Veteran, Portland

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