TORONTO, Ont. – There’s lots of social media reaction and condolences for York Regional Police Const. Garrett Styles.
Some condemned the decision by the media to broadcast the officer’s final words to police dispatch as he lay dying on Highway 48.
On Twitter, one person wrote: “The story is sad enough without having to hear the officer’s last words.”
Another post read: “As a current dispatcher and former 911 fire dispatcher, I don’t feel Const. Styles’ last dying words from radio recordings should be public.”
One person said: “Shame on the news agencies for broadcasting this.”
Another asked: “What is this world coming to? The family of the fallen officer asks for respect and time and the media turns around and posts the radio call for help.”
680News received several phone calls Wednesday morning expressing outrage.
“I was shocked, I heard it at home last night, and I thought that was really inappropriate and how could that happen,” one man, who is a privacy professional, said.
He figures somehow the call was picked up by a third-party over a scanner and released that way.
Others said their thoughts are with the young constable’s wife, Melissa, and two small children, one only nine-weeks-old.
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One Toronto police officer wrote directly to Const. Styles saying: “Rest in peace my brother … your wife and two children will always remain a part of our police family.”