Covering Strain’s deathWritten by Paul Nelson | | firstname.lastname@example.org
TO THE EDITOR,
Thank you for your in-depth reporting regarding John Strain’s death, apparently due to his cruel treatment by the Toledo Police (”Cry for Justice,” Jan. 4). This situation should have been better covered by the media long ago.
The coverage it did receive previously in ”One of America’s Great Newspapers” left a lot to be desired and raised as many questions about the incident as it answered. For example, why didn’t The Blade’s article (on 1/2/06 by Christina Hall) mention John’s Strain’s death as a homicide? This same Blade article reported the death of Jeffery Turner as a homicide, attributed to repeated use of tasers by the Toledo Police. Why did one man’s death receive The Blade’s attention, but the other did not?
With both Turner and Strain, the Toledo Police Department used preexisting medical conditions as the excuse for these men’s deaths. Was the lack of a promise to ”Protect and Serve” considered a pre-
existing condition as well?
My hope is that, with a new administration in the City of Toledo, there will be a thorough review of Police Department conduct in these kinds of cases, for not only the Strain Family but for all the other cases we may not even know of, since they’ve gone under- or unreported.
Good work, Toledo Free Press! In reporting the Strain tragedy, your publication did what ”One of America’s Great Newspapers” would not or could not do.
CONSTANCE JONES, Sylvania Twp.