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Blame rock-throwers for tragedy

Yes, Baltimore County State's Attorney Scott Shellenberger, a crime was committed, but it wasn't by James Laboard ("Officer found not guilty," June 21).

Mr. Laboard was in his home watching his TV when a gang of kids threw a rock at his front door. Never mind the fact that this wasn't the first time they had done this to Mr. Laboard's home and others in the neighborhood! Mr. Laboard's home was vandalized. He had every right to be angry. The fact that he is a police officer should never have been mentioned in court or in the newspapers. It is completely irrelevant. If he was a truck driver or a carpenter, would his job been an issue?

Chris Brown, the mother of the deceased, should put her efforts into helping parents of children in gangs to find something worthwhile to do with their lives. This would serve to possibly make some sense of this tragedy. Ms. Brown's son did not throw the rock, but he was with a group of kids who were up to no good, and Christopher paid the price of being in the wrong place with the wrong people at the wrong time.

James Laboard should never have been on trial in the first place. I would be curious to find out how guilty the parents of the other boys involved in this crime feel now. Do any of them think they might better supervise their kids? Do any of them feel responsible for Christopher Brown's death?

Susan Rose

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