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106 Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012 Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter E D I T O R I A L A IN I) OPINION EDITORIAL Investigation of shooting is on the mark Few events are as serious as an officer-involved shooting. Law enforcement personnel are supposed to protect us, the public. When they harm us in- stead, a full accounting is in order. For the officer, a shooting, particularly a fatal shooting, can be ca- reer threatening. For these reasons, there are spe- cial protocols for handling such incidents. So it is reassuring to see how Plumas County's law enforcement community has approached the fa- .tal shooting in June of a Quincy man, Dennis Jason Majewski, by Plumas County Sheriffs Deputy Tom Froggatt. In a lengthy and detailed report released last week, Plumas County District Attorney Dave Hollis- ter found that Froggatt was completely justified in his actions. "The overwhelming credible evidence shows Deputy Froggatt acted in self-defense and in defense of others," Hollister wrote. "I think he saved not only his own life, but a number of lives in that trailer park." Particular praise should go to Jeff Wilkinson, investigations supervisor for the district attorney's office, who authored the report. He was aided by DA Investigator Jessica Beatley and California High- way Patrol Officers Josh Cavolt, Terry Dunn and JeffRood. The investigators interviewed more than two dozen witnesses, some of whom Feather Publishing also interviewed. Their comments were consistent and painted a clear scene of a man full of alcohol and drugs and armed with a long knife and a ham- mer on a rampage through a trailer park. According to multiple witnesses, Majewski re- peatedly refused to comply with Froggatt's demands that he put down his weapons. Majewski continued to come toward Froggatt, who retreated multiple times until he was cornered. Asked if, at the time of the shooting, he believed Majewski would kill or in- jure him or the man Froggatt had detained in his patrol car, Froggatt told investigators, "Absolutely. I had an unsecured subject handcuffed, defenseless, sitting at my patrol car, and I felt I had no place to go with the threats he was making." Asked if he considered using his Taser instead of his gun, Froggatt said, "I don't believe it was appro- priate based on his behavior, and seeing some sort of weapon, weapons -- one in each hand. I didn't feel it was an appropriate decision to draw my Taser?' Hollister invited Feather Publishing reporter Dan McDonald to view the evidence, including crime scene and autopsy photos and a video taken with the victim's own surveillance camera. The video proved a crucial piece of evidence, which took con- retted interagency collaboration to retrieve. The DVR was badly burned in the fire that destroyed Majewski's trailer shortly after he was shot, but CalFire officers John Berglund and Shane Vargas thought the internal mechanism might be intact. From there, DA investigators used Bullet Informa- tion Technology Solutions of Quincy to retrieve the hard drive, which still could not be viewed because of encryption issues. Investigators then enlisted the help of Dave Preston from Plumas County's infor- mation technology department. He determined that a similar brand of DVR was needed to view any recordings. Investigators then purchased the same brand of DVR and, with Preston's help again, were able to view the recordings. Among other things, the video showed Majewski drinking and taking drugs for most of the day, sharpening a knife and slashing and cutting at things inside his trailer. The Plumas County Sheriff's Office, which did not partake in the investigation -- when there is an offi- cer-involved shooting, that officer's agency cannot conduct the necessary investigation -- has a chance to respond to the district attorney's report. In our eyes, the only appropriate response is, "Thank you for a job well done." Editorials are Written by members of the editorial board, which consists of the publisher, the managing editor and the appropriate staff writer Or writers, and should be considered the opinion of the newspaper. For breaking news, go to plumasnews.com Michael C. Taborski ............. Publisher Keri B. Taborski ...Legal Advertising Dept. Delaine Fragnoli ........ Managing Editor Jenny Lee ................. Photo Editor Alicia Knadler ........ Indian Valley Editor Ingrid Burke ................ Copy Editor Staff writers: Laura Beaton Jordan Claw Michael Condon Ruth Ellis DJ Estacio Will Farris Mona Hill Susan Cort Johnson Dan McDonald Debra Moore M. Kate West Aura Whittaker Sam Williams James Wilson Samantha P. Hawthorne Gratitude changes 0000erspective The othernight my sister, Kristine, called me. As we caught up on our lives, I started complaining. "I feel like every- thing I was, every aspect of my identity, has been progressively stripped away in just a few years. Our parents have died. My sons are adults. I'm divorced when I really thought I'd be married for life. I'm not even working in the field I spent so many years in." On the other end of the line she was silent. Then she said, "Why don't you try getting up in the morning and just be grateful you're alive and have your health?" That stopped me. Kristine has lost a lot too, including her breasts to a double mastectomy. Every day she lives with the knowledge her cancer might return, and this time they might not be able to do any- thing about it. Yet she's one of the most positive people I've ever known. Many people use Jan. 1 to reassess their lives and set goals for the coming year. August, my birthday month, has always served the purpose for me. There's some- thing about the hot, dry summer that seems to signal change, and so as I reflect and set goals for the coming year, I've de- termined to incorporate a deeper sense of gratitude into my life. This past year has been rocky to say the MY TURN JORDAN CLARY Staff Writer jcla ryr@lassennews.com least, and I haven't always taken it grace- fully. I want life to go the way I think it should and people to act according to my wishes. Of course, logically, I've known this isn't the case ever since my mother told me we don't live on the fair planet, but some childish part of myself still thinks life and people should be just and fair, and when things don't go my way I rail against the injustices. One of the ways I've dealt with prob- lems has been to move. I've taken off for other countries, other cities, justifying myself by claiming to love adventure, change and the chance to sample new cultures. I have been enriched by these experiences, but I've denied some part of myself as well. By constantly changing my environment, I don't have to look deeply at those more ignominious parts of myself. I chose change as a way to continually reinvent myself, but the identities be- came a shield against the world. I kept molding myself to try and fit in and, even- tually, lost sight of myself altogether. One Eastern philosophy says by know- ing ourselves deeply, we can find our true selves, one stripped of ego and identity, and so my first step toward gratitude is to be grateful for how difficult this year has been and for the 10ss of so much that I used to consider my identity. What better opportunity to grow? It's a time to appreciate what I do have: two grown sons with whom I have a close relationship, a beautiful home, two dogs who love me unconditionally and two cats who grace me with their presence. My friends might not love me unconditional- ly, but are there for me nevertheless. I have a job and enjoy good health. And I'm staying put this time, not running off to China or Mexico or San Francisco. I'm willing to see the hard times through and give myself time to learn the lessons I need in order to emerge stronger and clearer than I've ever been. What more could I ask for? This week's special days NOT JUST AN ORDINARY DAY COMPILED BY KERI "I'ABORSKI Not just an ordinary day....a sampling of weekly notable special days and facts throughout the year. Aug. 18 -- In 1872 the first mail order catalog was published and distributed by Montgomery Ward. Aug. 19 -- National Aviation Day was created by presidential proclamation by United States President Franklin D. Roo- sevelt in 1939 in honor of the birthday of aviator Orville Wright, the first person to successfully fly an airplane in 1903 in Kitty Hawk, N.C. Aug. 15 -- Woodstock anniversary In 1969 the three-day Woodstock Music and Art Festival opened in an alfalfa field in Bethel, N.Y., located southwest of Woodstock. The event featured 24 bands and drew a crowd of 400,000 people. Aug. 19 -- The first all-American Soap Box Derby was held in 1934 in Dayton, Ohio. Aug. 21 -- Hawaii, the 50th state and nicknamed the Aloha State, was admit- ted to the United States in 1959. Aug. 16 -- The pifia colada, a sweet rum- Aug. 21 -- National Senior based cocktail, was created in 1954 at the Citizens Day Caribe Hilton's Beachcomber Bar in San On this day in 1988, President Ronald Juan, Puerto Rico, by Ramon Marrero. Reagan issued a proclamation creating National Senior Citizens Day to recog- Aug. 17-19 -- This is the 30th annual nize the contribution of seniors to home, Portola Railroad Days. family and society. Where in the World? Linda McDermott visits Lesvos, a Greek island filled with olive trees in the Aegean Sea just off the coast of Turkey. REMEMBER WHEN KERI TABORSKI Historian 75 YEARS AGO ....... 1937 Chief Winnemucca, the last chief of the Paiute Indian tribe along with Cali- fornia Governor Merriman, officially opened the $8,150,000 Feather River Highway to traffic Saturday morning at Grizzly Dome where Some 1,000 mo- torists traveled the highway later that day. 50 YEARS AGO .......... 1962 Plans of establishing a Safeway store in Quincy were announced this week. The company is acquiring property on the north side of Main Street in Quincy now occupied by the old Lqg Cabin The- ater and Mansell Motors. Frontage will extend from East Street to the edge of the lot on which the Old Odd Fellows Hall is located. (Note: currently where the Quincy post office is located, down- town Quincy.) The Plumas County Board of Supervi- sors this week adopted a county dog or- dinance, regulating that every dog in Plumas County must be licensed by its owner. License fees shall be $3.00 per dog, excepting an unspayed female dog which will cost $5.00. ,L 25 YEARS AGO ......... 1987 Superior Court Judge Stanley C. Young, Jr. announced his retirement ef- fective December 31, 1988. Young was ap- pointed to the Plumas County bench in February 1969 by Governor Ronald Rea- gan when his predecessor Bertram D. Janes was appointed to the State Court of Appeals. 10 YEARS AGO ............. 2010 After more than three years of debate and public input, the Plumas County an- imal shelter will go out to bid with the expected construction price tag of $1.1 million to be built in Quincy. iLearning a new format is frustrating For as long as I can remember I've al- ways liked to write. Since I was taught, "See Spot run," and came to the realiza- tion that I could replace "Spot" with any- one's name, I was hooked. I wrote such classics as, "See Dad run," and "See Spot sit." The idea of being able to invoke your thoughts so anyone could understand them was something magical. Another aspect that always interested me is the power of the format. Plays have their own format, as do letters, essays, ar- ticles and lyrics to songs. Poems alone have multiple formats, de- pending on if it is a prose, haiku, limer- ick or standard four-line poem. In grade school at Pioneer Elementary (may she rest in peace), I learned the ba- sics: nouns, verbs and adjectives. If I was feeling real crazy I would sometimes throw in an adverb here and there. As I progressed into high school and college I mainly focused on papers. The format one uses for those is often debated as well. In college some professors insisted I write with the Modern Language Association format while others wanted MY TURN JAMES WILSON Sports Reporter sports@plumasnews.com the papers done with the Chicago Style format. Since working here at Feather Publish- ing I've had to switch to the AP (Associat- ed Press) format, which has more strict rules than a nunnery. Everything I learned before has to be thrown out the window as I relearn how to write. I still make plenty of mistakes, which I'm sure the editing team here truly de- spises me for, but}I'm slowly learning all the rules. ' , An example of AP format is "first" through "ninth" are spelled out while "10th" and up use Arabic numerals. Rather than two, there is only one space in between sentences. Capitaliiation is frowned upon and to be used sparingly. The AP style can be very confusing at times. Of course using a specific style makes sense. It allows all news to read the same and gives a consistency to it. However, following this many rules can sometimes be aggravating. I never thought I would want to put two spaces in between sentences so bad in my life. When I am writing at home I relish the opportunity to put two spaces in between sedtences. Sometimes I'll even put three. That's about as far as I get.in being a rebel. I'm sure that this level of aggravation will eventually fade, though. Once I get used to something it becomes second nature. Until then, however, one might find me at my desk quietly grumbling to myself as I try to restrain myself from submitting a two-sentence story with 50 spaces in between. J