Tuesday, January 29, 2008


A TMC NEWS commentary

Last Friday morning 47 year old Jose Gonzalez, while opening his grocery store for the day, was shot and killed by a man who entered his store with the intention to rob him.

The news of Gonzalez’s death sent shockwaves through the neighborhood and the community. Moments after the Police barrier tape came down friends began placing teddy bears, candles and other items in front of the store to honor their friend and to show support to the family.

The memorial continues to grow and a 5 p.m. vigil is scheduled for tonight at the Gonzalez Grocery store.

There is another segment of the community that has been hit hard by the tragic death of Gonzalez and that is the men and women of the Lorain Police Department. While speaking to Officers on Friday you could sense their pain and frustration of yet another model citizen cut down by a senseless crime.
Officers are not supposed to publicly show their pain or frustration though; they are expected to remain stoic and professional. The Officers in Lorain did just that as they worked around the clock hunting down Gonzalez’s killer.

On Saturday around 2 p.m. the Lorain Police Department received a tip on the whereabouts of the suspect. I happened to be in Lorain talking to neighbors at the grocery store on Saturday and listened to the Lorain Police as they were tracking their suspect. Officers and Detectives left no stone unturned and worked all of their sources and tips in an effort to locate the suspect. Working on little to no sleep Officers took the suspect into custody just 32 hours after Gonzalez was killed.

For the Detectives in the case they will continue to prepare the evidence for prosecution and work the numerous other cases that are pilled on their desks. For the Patrol Officers they are back on the street doing what they can to curtail the growing violence and crime in their city. They are not standing on the steps of city hall taking a bow or asking for a pat on the back, that is not what they do. All they ask for is respect. Something that has been in short supply for them lately.

It is easy to berate the Police in editorials or in anonymous posts on local websites, but I have not seen many people applaud what the Officers did last weekend. I believe that there is no occupation in the city of Lorain that is more stressful or physically demanding then that of a Police Officer. Day in and day out these Officers deal with the lowest of the low. They are yelled at, spit upon and assaulted while on duty, yet they show up to work everyday.

Now, before the haters of the Police start writing their anonymous comments to me about those Officers who have smeared the badge and ask why I am not mentioning them – I know full well that there are bad Officers in the world. There are bad apples in every department and in every family. I don’t feel a few bad Officers should tarnish an entire department. It shouldn’t tarnish the hard working professionals at the Lorain Police Department.

So I say congratulations to the Detectives and Officers of the Lorain Police Department for a job well done. Bringing the suspect in will bring some closure to the family. This will help them focus now on what is important, paying tribute to their father and husband and laying him to rest.

Keep up the good work and in the words of Sergeant Phil Esterhaus: “Hey, let's be careful out there.”


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice job TMC, it was so nice to read a positive story about one of our local police departments. Thank you LPD and all of the other departments that put their lives on the line daily to make sure that the rest of us are safe.

8:04 AM  
Blogger Dave said...

Kudos Lorain PD. A job well done!

8:26 AM  
Anonymous Eric L. said...

Very well done. I cannot agree more with this story. After working close to the department for the past two years, I see what these guys go through on a daily basis and it isn't glorious at all.

Unfortunately, there are officers that take advantage or do something wrong, however, we tend to highlight a few guys out of a hundred. It isn't fair to the rest of the department to get a black eye especially after these guys are busting ass to deal with Lorain's finest 24/7.

This story helps remind people that respect for these guys is in order when the city screams for justice. Too often people forget who they rely on when they are in distress.

9:55 AM  
Anonymous karl said...

A very good commentary TMC, but not nearly as good as the job the Lorain Police did in bringing the accused in quickly, thereby preventing further bloodshed in the city of Lorain. Hopefully this person will not be on the streets anytime soon and the police can definitely take pride in making the streets a little safer for everyone. Kudos to the Lorain Police Department.

10:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree TMC. I work side buy side with LPD and there is no way I could do their job. I would not have the patients to do it. Too many people don't deserve to be treated with respect. In the city of Lorain there are so many factors going against police officers I don't know how they keep on at doing a fine job. And to my fellow safety force workers, like TMC said, don't worry about what the no named cowards who hide behind their computers ( that includes the local newspaper editors who don't even live in Lorain)say about you. You are all fine upstanding highly dedicated public servants doing your absolute best under the worse conditions. If the nameless faceless computer cowards can do a better job then you guys and girls can do, I say step up to the plate and do it. There's more to protecting the citizens of Lorain then they will ever know about or read in the papers. They don't realize how much is going on when they are safe in their beds at night when you are out protecting their right to be in that bed. Keep up the great work. Haas

11:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another good job by the Lorain Police Department. I know how hard that good cops work and the harassment many good cops receive in their daily performance of their job.
The officers should hold their head up high and know that this was a job well done.
Nice commentary, hope to see many more good ones like this. Patsy

2:20 PM  
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11:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have always admired the men and women of our local law enforcement. I know several of them personally and am well aware of their commitment to our community. God Bless them and keep them safe!

5:17 PM  

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