Valorous or Vicious?


In February, an off-duty Tampa police officer and an off-duty sheriff’s detective from nearby Hernando County were awarded the sheriff’s office’s highest honor, the Medal of Valor, for exemplary bravery in an October incident in which a 42-year-old naked woman was shot to death by officers. The woman was holding a gun and had made threats, and a 5-year-old boy was inside a truck she wanted to steal. Even though a neighbor had simply wrestled the woman down earlier, the officers still thought their only move was to shoot to kill. Said her brother, “They shot a mentally disturbed, naked woman. Is that valor?”

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