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letters | notion and ‘protect and serve’ hits home

Region brought to standstill, but at what cost?

The successful and impressive law-enforcement efforts to locate the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing tragedy were a relief to all of us. Given the perpetrators’ horrific actions, the ensuing manhunt was necessary to prevent a subsequent tragedy.

There is, however, a lingering question that emerges from the lockdown of Boston and several suburbs as the second suspect was still at large. Under what circumstances is it appropriate to allow the aberrant behavior of a suspected killer on the loose to bring a region to a standstill?

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