With Lucente, consider source


First Posted: 12/16/2014

In a recent column in the Lima News, Thomas J. Lucente Jr. claims that there were, 1,039 “verified homicides committed by police officers in the United States since Jan. 1.” He used the words ‘verifiable homicide.” His only supplied source for this claim was a website called killedbypolice.net.

Now I am sure that Mr. Lucente and The Lima News would not print anything as astounding as this and not have some credible, verifiable, sources. Police officers commit over 1,000 homicides a year? Wow, that’s an astounding claim! Any reputable news organization would surely double check that claim before printing it. So, can we see any corroborating evidence at all?

The website listed as a source by Mr. Lucente never makes any claim as to number of homicides committed by anyone. It actually has a disclaimer which says the opposite, right at the top.

The truth is, the claim that police officers commit over 1,000 homicides a year is a ridiculous lie and Mr. Lucente is a liar. And The Lima News either chooses to print lies, or does not care enough to check any facts.

Or, maybe, they don’t have time to find out what the term homicide means. A homicide is the deliberate and unlawful killing of one person by another. If Mr. Lucente or The Lima News would provide some credible, verifiable, sources for this claim, I will write another letter and apologize, because, you know, I wouldn’t want to say something, that was not true.