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Dishonoring Heroic Sacrific of ATF Agent

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 19, 2012

FLEOA DEMANDS APOLOGY FROM NEWSDAY FOR DISHONORING THE HEROIC SACRIFICE OF ATF AGENT JOHN CAPANO

Washington, DC – Today, the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA) chastised the New York newspaper, Newsday, for its insensitive July 17th front- page headline regarding the tragic death of hero ATF Special Agent John Capano. FLEOA asserted that Newsday demonstrated an unconscionable lack of professionalism and decency by declaring in large capital letters that the accidental shooting of Agent Capano was "JUSTIFIED.”

The professional association representing 26,000 federal law enforcement officers stated that the unintended shooting of Agent Capano was a tragic mistake, but there was never any suggestion that it was the result of criminal misconduct by the retired officer.

Nonetheless, Newsday opted to shamefully exploit the District Attorney’s report and add to the crushing anguish the Capano family has endured. "Newsday dishonored the sacred memory of our fallen hero, John Capano, by proclaiming his tragic death was "JUSTIFIED,” stated FLEOA National President Jon Adler. "Their shameful headline was an inexcusable grave insult to John’s family, and Newsday owes the Capano family a resounding apology,” added Adler.

FLEOA maintains that the DA’s office was correct in clearing retired Officer Geraghty of any wrongdoing, but Newsday should not have demeaned the honor of Agent Capano’s heroic sacrifice with their tasteless headline.