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KQV Editorial

Why the Delay on the Poplowski Trial?

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One of the greatest tragedies in Pittsburgh's recent history was the premeditated gunning down of three police officers in Stanton Heights two years ago.
     This wasn't just a killing...it was an ambush.  The killer was a young man named Richard Poplawski-known to be an advocate of strange theories-who plotted and planned to kill these policed officers who didn't realize they had been lured into a trap.  Poplawski's sole objective was to kill police officers.  The officers-Eric Kelly, Stephen Mayhle and Paul Sciullo-were sent to investigate a domestic dispute between a mother and a son.  Little did they know that the son had staged this dispute as an opportunity to  kill the police officers.
     He was fully armed and wore a bulletproof vest.  This was not just a killing-it was a slaughter. 
     Jim Slusser, a late police superintendent in Pittsburgh, respected by all-said that policemen want to be policemen ¬ they are dedicated to what they do-and that's to protect the public.  They risk their lives to save ours.  Unfortunately, there are people like Richard Poplawski who are avowed enemies of the police.
     We are strong supporters of the police force which is asked to do extremely dangerous work under the most difficult conditions...to enforce the law.
    We are strong supporters of the police force which is asked to do extremely dangerous work under the most difficult conditions...to enforce the law.
     That brings up a cogent question-what about the law?  The killing of these police officers was two years ago and yet Poplawski was never brought to trial.  Not only has he not been brought to trial...the trial was just postponed for another three months.
     We ask the question-why?  What would be the reason that this whole matter has dragged on for all this time?  We would like to have an explanation.  The most recent postponement was made on the premise that the defense team needs more time to prepare their case.  Two years is not enough?
     We recognize that Poplawski is entitled to a trial although there is no question that he was the killer.  Can we assume that the defense is preparing a case based on mental instability?
     Whatever the reason, let's have an explanation.  The dead officers and their families deserve it.  Let's bring this matter to a conclusion.
    


Robert W. Dickey
President & General Manager    
KQV  Newsradio
Broadcast: April 8, 9, 10, 11, 2011

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