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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

April 30, 2009 at 5:00 PM

Post-busride shooting

Action justified in defense of family

What is going on in this area? A woman and her four children are riding the bus when, as typically happens on Metro buses, a person exhibiting bizarre and intimidating behavior decides to also get on.

I don’t care what the argument was about; Emmanuel Salters followed her off the bus and approached her family. For what purpose — to apologize? I doubt it. If she thought his intention was to harm her or her family, then it appears to me she was justified in defending herself [“Man shot after quarrel on bus,” NWSunday, April 26]. Why did she spend time in jail?

Two items here warrant discussion. First, why can’t Metro better monitor and remove obnoxious passengers who threaten and intimidate other passengers? Second, I can’t help but admire and respect the woman’s decision to protect and ensure the safety of herself and her family, rather than cowering and becoming a victim.

— Mike Yeager, Auburn

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