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Mermon: Focus on Gilbert safety record misdirected


The January Mesa Independent community newspaper headlines Gilbert as the second safest municipality per population and per FBI. For a touted “community paper," I’m struck by the lack of local focus or mention of the current trauma and terrorizing impact the Gilbert Goons, including a beating death, have had on the southeast valley. For at least a few years local law enforcement all but dismissed parents pleas for investigations and convictions. Communities here are strung with ribbons of support for Preston Lord and others injured by this ravaging group. So why now would you publish that Gilbert is the second safest city when many would say it is not?