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To The Editor:
I have a police scanner at home and listen to the daily calls. I hear Roxbury Constable Steve Williamson’s involvement in nearly every police situation and I know he is a great asset to our community. For this I have great respect for him.

This letter is concerning an incident that occurred on February 15 at 5020 Vega Mountain Road in Roxbury and what I consider to be improper handling of the incident by Constable Williamson.
At about 3:30 p.m. a group of people became aware of a raccoon that had fallen out of a tree. It landed on someone’s lawn and hung out near the tree, bothering no one. People were aware and watched the animal for signs of sickness or injury. Perhaps it was rabid? Perhaps it was dazed by the fall? Being a nocturnal animal, perhaps it was disoriented by the bright sunlight?

At approximately 5 p.m., Constable Williamson passes the group of people, drives up near the animal and fires six shots into it, reloads and fires a few more. We all got upset and some of us got disrespectful.

But, it was disrespectful of Constable Williamson to drive past us without stopping to tell us of his intent so that we could have gone inside and not have been forced to witness the killing. My 13-year-old daughter was in a group of bystanders and should never have had to witness this heartless destruction of an innocent animal.

It could have been handled with a little respect and sympathy on Constable Williamson’s part.

Tammy A. Haynes,
Roxbury