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A lot of questions

October 18, 2010 - Heather Ziegler
Since the death of Travis Hocutt was made known, the comments surrounding his death have been everything from heartless to heartfelt. Whatever your opinion of Hocutt, no one deserves to be beaten to death on the streets of The Friendly City. I will not play devil's advocate and try to outguess the professionals handing this case, but as someone who works one block from where this man was attacked, it gives me pause. Many comments on this newspaper's website have shown that people believe there is some sort of coverup regarding reports of what lead to Hocutt's death. However, the newspaper and all the media are given one-line police reports. Details are given in bits and pieces of most major crimes. Only when the public comes forward with information can the media pursue these crime reports. We try, but the policy within the city's police department only allows information to be made public at the discretion of the chief. When he is not there, no one will talk. The reasoning is that "it's an on-going investigation." In this case, I believe the public has a right to know whether this latest death resulted from an altercation or is there a maniac wandering our streets? Perhaps if information was made known about this assault sooner, someone with more information would have come forward to help in the investigation. We will never know or will we??


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