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Public must not forget Warren police incident

DEAR EDITOR:

In response to the crimes of Noah Linnen, a man with little to look forward to right now:

No community needs a person who spreads fear and paranoia. When Linnen, now an ex-police officer, contacted 911 and now is accused of lying about being shot at by a black man, he himself became a hazard to the city of Warren. Linnen’s behavior was as dangerous as it was depraved, and it should not be forgotten.

I have a few questions. Did Mr. Linnen think the Warren Police Department does not already have enough to do handling the actual criminal activity of the surrounding area? Did he realize how many people he could have gotten killed due to the level of alarm he raised?

Everything that Linnen ever did during his roughly two years of employment at the Warren Police Department should be reviewed, from any arrests he performed to his reports. And it appears some of that may very well happen. If he can lie about a black man shooting at him, then I don’t think it would be a stretch to consider that in his previous capacity as a police officer he abused his authority in other ways.

Linnen did something that is not only extremely racist, but also manipulative. He pushed a narrative that targeted black men and in the end, he got tangled in his own stupid actions. This obviously did not go unnoticed. “Your description perpetuated a stereotype that black males make more credible suspects,” police Chief Eric Merkel stated in part of his disciplinary action letter to Linnen. I would encourage everyone to read that letter. The chief’s words really pin Linnen to the wall.

At the age of 23, Noah Linnen is young and hopefully will become a better person someday, perhaps after his journey through the court system and some serious soul-searching. Let his story further serve as a warning for any police department to be vigilant against corruption and racism within their own ranks. In the end, honest officers caught him, but the jagged edge of Linnen’s lies should carve a deep mark into the public’s memory.

ROBERT HELTZEL

Niles

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