Slain Indiana trooper a 'very, very g...

Slain Indiana trooper a 'very, very good man'

There are 216 comments on the The Indianapolis Star story from Jul 6, 2007, titled Slain Indiana trooper a 'very, very good man'. In it, The Indianapolis Star reports that:

A state trooper who had stopped to help who he believed was a stranded motorist was shot and killed Thursday along a northern Indiana highway, state police said.

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“Say no to HILLARY ”

Since: Mar 07

Westfield, Indiana

#70 Jul 6, 2007
Concerned wrote:
If the persons in the vehicle had been Black or Hispanic the officer would have approached with caution, simply because of the sterotipic profile that people are given. Because he was White, the officer let his guard down and the situation was fatal.
This only proves how our society looks at things.
This is a very sad situation and my prayers go out to his family and co-workers. May he rest in peace.
Come on
Concerned

Indianapolis, IN

#71 Jul 6, 2007
TAL wrote:
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You don't know that! How do you know that the man wasn't African American or Hispanic? You are assuming that the officer stereotyped him and b/c he was possibly white he thought he would be okay. That's ridiculous! You don't know what he was thinking. I am so sick and tired of everything being about race anymore! It always ends up a race issue!
That being said, I am more upset about the fact that, once again, a wife and children will grow up without a husband and father. It's so sad! I just pray that God will give them strength to get through this very difficult time.
Pleezzz, I too pray for the family and friends, but, in reality, I know and you probably do too, and may never be able to admitt. Indiana is a very racially motivated city. I've lived here my whole life and I've witnessed first hand. There are several people that are genuinely kind but, unfortunate they are not in position to make much difference. The decision makers are pretty set in their ways, ways that are taught from SOMEONE huh?
ABednarski

Bloomington, IN

#72 Jul 6, 2007
I used to live next door to Trooper Rich's parents, Sheriff and Mrs. Rich. The whole family ARE truly wonderful people and have served Indiana communities for years. I can only hope that they receive the support and encouragement they deserve during this tough time.
westside micro

Indianapolis, IN

#73 Jul 6, 2007
To the Rich Family and fellow officers: Our deepest heartfelt thanks and sympathies are with you at this time. Master trooper Rich made the ultimate sacrifice for all of Indiana. For this he shall be rewarded in Heaven. It is horrible and despicable that this officers actions to helping someone was received in this way. Find Peace that your loved one will sit in Heaven as an honored man for his work, his life, and his sacrifice.

To the family of the shooter: while we are sorry for your lost of a loved one as well, you will have to live with the anger of a State for which this inhumane act occurred. Your cowardly son will face the ultimate jury who will bring upon him a punishment much worse than a living human could give out.

“Say no to HILLARY ”

Since: Mar 07

Westfield, Indiana

#74 Jul 6, 2007
Double Standard wrote:
Why is it that everytime a criminal is white hoosiers don't want race mentioned but in every single forum where the criminal is black the hillbillies come out and make it a race debate. Hoosiers are so backward, I feel for his children but he was a cop and being in harms way is a part of the job. Just like the Indiana court just ruled you can't yell or curse at police officers which is good for cops, they occasionally get shot at which is bad. There are good and bad things that come along with being a cop. You can bully people and act like god but on any given day you may get shot at. Maybe if he would have a made the guy get on the ground like I'm sure he would have done if he was a minority he would still be here.
I bet you are the same guy for New Berlin WI that posted as LOOSER the other day, trying to talk about the WHITE guy suing the drycleaners. Once people pointed out you were wrong you never showed up again. You were incorrect then and you are incorrect now.
Paula

Plain City, OH

#75 Jul 6, 2007
Justification wrote:
Another needless death.
I've been waiting a long time for those activists who profess a need to bear arms to please provide a solution to this problem. Until then, I'm in favor of banning all firearms.
You are way off base soon everyone is going to need a firearm.
If we all could protect ourselves maybe these worthless morons would get a clue to stop. Course since we are surrounded in this world by MORONS with no respect for others it will take a long long time.
For Brave Souls

Columbus, IN

#76 Jul 6, 2007
Consider small donation to the Indiana State Troopers Association.

http://www.trooper.org/

They have a number of programs to help the needy. The Troppers won't ask for this so I'm asking for them.

Since: Feb 07

Indianapolis, IN

#77 Jul 6, 2007
Robert Smith wrote:
<quoted text>
Come on
it never fails it's always someone
westside micro

Indianapolis, IN

#78 Jul 6, 2007
Concerned wrote:
<quoted text>
Indiana is a very racially motivated city.
Check your geography lesson - Indiana is a state.... Indianapolis is a city. Marion is a county ... United States of America is a country... North America is a continent
wow - scary that you are supposively an adult and made that mistake - hope you aren't an educator!
Double Standard

Orestes, IN

#80 Jul 6, 2007
Mike wrote:
<quoted text>
Be careful, when people read your letter and realize how enlightened and socially advanced New
Berlin, Wisconsin is, the town will be overrun with people wanting to move there. You will be the Atlanta, Georgia of the upper Midwest.
Yes, you are really socially advanced. Google the term ISP location before you make foolish statements.
militaryminded

United States

#81 Jul 6, 2007
NOT EVEN WORTH THE EFFORT OF A REPLY
Double Standard wrote:
Why is it that everytime a criminal is white hoosiers don't want race mentioned but in every single forum where the criminal is black the hillbillies come out and make it a race debate. Hoosiers are so backward, I feel for his children but he was a cop and being in harms way is a part of the job. Just like the Indiana court just ruled you can't yell or curse at police officers which is good for cops, they occasionally get shot at which is bad. There are good and bad things that come along with being a cop. You can bully people and act like god but on any given day you may get shot at. Maybe if he would have a made the guy get on the ground like I'm sure he would have done if he was a minority he would still be here.
Peace

Danville, IN

#82 Jul 6, 2007
Kevin wrote:
God, please receive the soul of your brave and selfless servant, Master Trooper Rich, and look with kindness upon the soul of Mr. Vultaggio.
And with your Angels of Strength and Comfort, please watch over Master Trooper Rich's family and friends and fellow officers, and please watch over the family of Mr. Vultaggio as they deal with what to any reasonable human being is an incomprehensible act.
And watch over all individuals who make sacrifices every day, both great and small, to provide us with the safety and security we need to survive as one nation, under Your guidance, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. In Jesus' name, amen.
Amen and thank you for the beautiful prayer.
Janie

Danville, IN

#83 Jul 6, 2007
Double Standard wrote:
Why is it that everytime a criminal is white hoosiers don't want race mentioned but in every single forum where the criminal is black the hillbillies come out and make it a race debate. Hoosiers are so backward, I feel for his children but he was a cop and being in harms way is a part of the job. Just like the Indiana court just ruled you can't yell or curse at police officers which is good for cops, they occasionally get shot at which is bad. There are good and bad things that come along with being a cop. You can bully people and act like god but on any given day you may get shot at. Maybe if he would have a made the guy get on the ground like I'm sure he would have done if he was a minority he would still be here.
You are a disrespectful and sick loser. We don't know what race the shooter was and it doesn't matter. Do yourself a favor and shut up.
militaryminded

United States

#84 Jul 6, 2007
I believe indiana is a state
Concerned wrote:
<quoted text>
Pleezzz, I too pray for the family and friends, but, in reality, I know and you probably do too, and may never be able to admitt. Indiana is a very racially motivated city. I've lived here my whole life and I've witnessed first hand. There are several people that are genuinely kind but, unfortunate they are not in position to make much difference. The decision makers are pretty set in their ways, ways that are taught from SOMEONE huh?

Since: Jul 07

Auckland, NZ & Carmel, IN

#85 Jul 6, 2007
Mike wrote:
<quoted text>
Be careful, when people read your letter and realize how enlightened and socially advanced New
Berlin, Wisconsin is, the town will be overrun with people wanting to move there. You will be the Atlanta, Georgia of the upper Midwest.
New Berlin is kind of like Wisconsin's version of Carmel.
angelamor

Reston, VA

#86 Jul 6, 2007
USED TOO MUCH wrote:
IT DOESN'T BOTHER ME A BIT
DITCH MITCH
DITCH MITCH
DITCH MITCH
YOU ASKED FOR IT
*clapping hands*

Since: May 07

Fishers, IN

#87 Jul 6, 2007
Too bad that man killed himself. I would have liked to see him tortured first...then killed.

Since: May 07

Fishers, IN

#88 Jul 6, 2007
westside micro wrote:
To the Rich Family and fellow officers: Our deepest heartfelt thanks and sympathies are with you at this time. Master trooper Rich made the ultimate sacrifice for all of Indiana. For this he shall be rewarded in Heaven. It is horrible and despicable that this officers actions to helping someone was received in this way. Find Peace that your loved one will sit in Heaven as an honored man for his work, his life, and his sacrifice.
To the family of the shooter: while we are sorry for your lost of a loved one as well, you will have to live with the anger of a State for which this inhumane act occurred. Your cowardly son will face the ultimate jury who will bring upon him a punishment much worse than a living human could give out.
VERY well said!
mom of three

Marysville, OH

#89 Jul 6, 2007
My heart and prayers go out to the troopers family. God bless and be with you always. Its so sad things have to end up like this. Just lets all remember that he is with our father in heaven now.
Concerned

Indianapolis, IN

#90 Jul 6, 2007
westside micro wrote:
<quoted text>
Check your geography lesson - Indiana is a state.... Indianapolis is a city. Marion is a county ... United States of America is a country... North America is a continent
wow - scary that you are supposively an adult and made that mistake - hope you aren't an educator!
Hey, Nasa is looking for you, smart a#=,

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