1982 police pursuit ended with death ...

1982 police pursuit ended with death of four Newtown teens

There are 15 comments on the NewsTimes.com story from Feb 21, 2009, titled 1982 police pursuit ended with death of four Newtown teens. In it, NewsTimes.com reports that:

More than 26 years later, former News-Times reporter Bill Seymour still remembers the words that came over the newsroom's police scanner on Sept.

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Barbara Anzellotti

Chicopee, MA

#3 Feb 22, 2009
I am Tommy Ligouri's aunt and I will never understand how a jury could come back with a verdict that sided with the police officers. They had strict guidelines in place about pursuit and they ignored them. Were there any witnesses to the "ramming" incidents? I don't think so. This chase should never have taken place. A 16 year old boy is more prone to making a bad decision than a seasoned police officer and they should have taken that into account. Sure, the boys shouldn't have run, but if these officers had just taken their plate number and let them go, they would be alive today. My sister would have her beloved son, my nieces and nephew would have their brother. All the families that lost their sons that night were robbed of one of the most precious things in their lives and it can NEVER be replaced.
blue collar worker

North Oxford, MA

#4 Feb 22, 2009
Barbara Anzellotti wrote:
I am Tommy Ligouri's aunt and I will never understand how a jury could come back with a verdict that sided with the police officers. They had strict guidelines in place about pursuit and they ignored them. Were there any witnesses to the "ramming" incidents? I don't think so. This chase should never have taken place. A 16 year old boy is more prone to making a bad decision than a seasoned police officer and they should have taken that into account. Sure, the boys shouldn't have run, but if these officers had just taken their plate number and let them go, they would be alive today. My sister would have her beloved son, my nieces and nephew would have their brother. All the families that lost their sons that night were robbed of one of the most precious things in their lives and it can NEVER be replaced.
Rules aren't ment to be broken!
Mrs White

AOL

#5 Feb 22, 2009
"A five-mile chase that began in Bethel ended in Newtown, when a Chevy El Camino sport truck went out of control and crashed."

If I remember right the cops first saw the El Camino in Berkshire Shopping Center which is in Danbury. Why were the Bethel cops in Danbury was the big question asked when this happened.
Chosen1

United States

#6 Feb 22, 2009
i remember that crash ,those kids should have stopped ,but they did'nt ,OH WELL
ctscott

Trumbull, CT

#7 Feb 22, 2009
the news times has no heart. To bring this up for the faimly is just wrong i am sure they live with it everyday i was in class with some of these kids i remember this often.The police where wrong and yes even the kids may have made a mistake they where young but the news times has been around shame on you.when i see your happy little face trying to give a newspaper away for free i will look the other way. will just read your bul@#$t stories online for free they are not worth paying for.Show some respect for the lives lost
Doug

AOL

#9 Feb 22, 2009
IF THEY ONLY STOPPED!!!
Barbara Anzellotti

Chicopee, MA

#12 Feb 24, 2009
Chosen1 wrote:
i remember that crash ,those kids should have stopped ,but they did'nt ,OH WELL
I'd like to see how glib you would be if it was one of YOUR children!
captain bling bling

Colchester, CT

#13 Feb 24, 2009
Bottom line.....when the lights come on and the siren wails you pull over. crazy roberto has been shooting up connors house ever since this happened.....these kids paid the price
Chosen1

Helmville, MT

#14 Feb 24, 2009
Barbara Anzellotti wrote:
<quoted text>
I'd like to see how glib you would be if it was one of YOUR children!
my kids wont do that
Open Your Eyes

Ansonia, CT

#15 Feb 25, 2009
Doug wrote:
IF THEY ONLY STOPPED!!!
The adults with better judgment should have stopped, too. They could have been waiting at the kids house with their parents when they got home instead. May perpetual light shine upon them and may they rest in peace. And may God bless the families and ease their pain. You are in my heart and prayers and have been since that tragic night.
Why

Manchester, NH

#16 Feb 25, 2009
I showed the article to my children who will be driving soon and explained how these things happen.

Maybe that's one benefit of the article, but really, it wasn't necessary for the NT's to open old wounds.
Se Habla

United States

#17 Feb 25, 2009
"The driver of the El Camino was refusing to stop,
and some of his passengers were throwing empty beer bottles at the unmarked cruiser, according to the officers."

what kind of people do this? I'm sorry they're dead but...?? they could have caused an accident, innocent people could have been killed here!
Se Habla

United States

#18 Feb 25, 2009
Barbara Anzellotti wrote:
All the families that lost their sons that night were robbed of one of the most precious things in their lives and it can NEVER be replaced.
I'm sorry for your loss, but those "precious things" were throwing beer cans at cars while driving erratically.

I'm glad one of MY loved ones wasn't on the road that day to become victim to their antics.

you can mourn, but place blame where it belongs. I don't see that the police had that many options here. If they had taken a license number and an accident occurred, or this particular car crashed anyway.. then what? Who's fault would it be, then?
chuvkta

New Haven, CT

#19 Feb 25, 2009
ok lets give the dead kids the darwin awards!....thinning of the herd!
Steve Murzin

Seymour, CT

#20 Feb 25, 2009
What would have been even more tragic: If the pursuit ended up killing an innocent bystander. Also, there is or should be much responsibility placed on the police officers. I can see a pursuit like this if the police had speedy information stating that one of the passengers just committed a homicide or that he was a terrorist. Sometime you just have to let them go and catch up with them another day.

It goes with the theory that as a cop, you should feel that it would be better to let 5 bad guys get away from you then to put one innocent man in prison. Same goes for the pursuit. If the stop warranted a pursuit that might cost the lives of an innocent person, then so be it. If not, then catch them another time. They had enough information to catch them later.

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