Missing details

Dear Editor:Your article on the front page of the Oct. 27 edition, titled "Downey Police Scrutinized After Fatally Shooting Unarmed Man," states that the shooting "left many local residents with more questions than answers." I have to say that your article leaves many unanswered questions as well - questions that should have been addressed. All we learn about the man killed by police is his name, age and the fact that he was married and had children. What we do not learn is very important to trying to figure out if this man was likely to be involved with the robbery at an ATM shortly before. Your article does not say whether he had a criminal record or a job. If he had a job and no criminal record, it's relatively unlikely that he would have just robbed someone at an ATM. Was this guy an honest citizen or someone with a prior history of robbery or other serious crimes? I believe this information should be readily available to the press. This story was not covered in depth by the Los Angeles Times, so Downey residents rely on your paper to get information to try to figure out what happened here. Did the writer of the article just repeat what the police told him? Also, I believe you should have identified the bank where the robbery occurred. "A local ATM" could be anywhere in Downey. I hope you plan to write a follow-up article with more information. -- Susan L. Hankins, Downey

********** Published: November 03, 2011 - Volume 10 - Issue 29