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Flare gun projectile could cause agonizing death
Published: Jan 24 2008, 4:06 PM
Dear Editor,

The Cheri Lyn Moore case is a sad one, indeed. The fact is that with any antisocial behavior or confrontation, be it standoff, protest or riot, when you put yourself on “front street,” you’re going to get hit.

A recent article stated that a flare gun projectile (as fired by Ms. Moore) travels very slowly, is easily extinguished and cannot penetrate body armor. Wrong, wrong and wrong again. If any armchair Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda will get up out of his or her chair and willingly take a direct hit from a flare gun, then, and only then, will I consider their opinion to have any merit.

The phosphorous flare, upon penetrating the body, will cook you from the inside out. You surely will dance before you die. I’d rather be shot by a bullet and die than cook from the inside out for up to 20 minutes from a flare. A flare stuck between the body and body armor of an officer could easily result in major injury or agonizing death.

There were choices made that set in motion a tragedy. Do you think there will be a time for healing? Closure — and just let go? You decide.

Benjamin Payne

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