Re: your July 3 article, â€œ2 police officers remain in hospitalâ€?:
The Star went off half-cocked in this article about Oxnard police officers Sgt. Jack Kujawa and Officer Michael Purdy. The Star assumed a lot, hoping that these officers acted overly aggressively, exhibiting a tendency to be "trigger happy."
The Star did not initially report that the traffic stop occurred in the gang zone of Oxnard, which has a court-ordered injunction in effect. The Star did not report that the suspect was a gang member, and if not for the aggressive attitude of both officers, they would be dead. The Star did not report that the suspect was wanted on a parole violation.
But The Star was quick to point out that Sgt. Kujawa had been involved in two other officer-involved shootings and that a robbery suspect had been shot 13 times.
This type of misinformation, or lack of information, can instantaneously inflame a community against the police department.
The July 5 follow-up article was concise and contained precise information. Itâ€™s better not to report a situation until the facts are in than to misinform and go off half-cocked, as the first article did.
This shooting is just another example of the type of animals that these officers face, and why it's so important to support those who go into harmâ€™s way night after night.
â€” Chris Biller, Moorpark