NICE JOB LORAIN POLICE
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.”