Letters to the Editor

Sunday, Nov 11 2012 11:00 PM

Eyewitnesses not so reliable

By The Bakersfield Californian

It never ceases to amaze me that every time a law enforcement officer discharges his or her weapon, there seems to be more "eyewitnesses" than one can count. And it's funny how these witnesses always have a different account of what happened.

This reminds me of an incident that occurred during my days with the Los Angeles Police Department when an officer-involved shooting occurred and a local TV reporter working for KABC Channel 7 stood by the back of an ambulance as the suspect was being loaded in. He reported that he had spoken to eyewitnesses and stated that the suspect had been shot 44 times. Of course, that reporter misrepresented the matter when in fact the suspect had only been shot three times. Of course, he spoke to "eyewitnesses."

I do wonder, though, where are all of these eyewitnesses when some lowlife gangbanger drives through a neighborhood and shoots and kills an innocent bystander?

Ron Miller


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