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Do N.Y. Sheriff's Tactics Enforce Spirit of Law?

August 09, 1992

After reading Paul La Rosa's article regarding New York Sheriff Crimaldi, ("Ultimate Rep Man," July 23) I found myself disappointed after the first paragraph.

La Rosa describes Sheriff Crimaldi as an aggressively powerful individual. Crimaldi uses the strong arm approach to collect from the "debtors."

I agree that the delinquent debts must be collected, but at such great lengths? Is there a great deal of thought put into the long-term effects this will have on the employees of the debtor? After all, those employed by the debtors were simply trying to earn their living and not be a part of the unemployment rate.

When I received my police training, I was taught not only to enforce the letter of the law, but also the spirit of the law.

LUIS R. MELENDEZ

Alhambra

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