Ask Joe: Why was a Renown shooting victim not invited to Wednesday's City Council ceremony?

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Updated: 5/01 6:38 pm
Question:
From the Ask Joe file, one of our viewers has a question about this week's ceremony to honor those who responded to the Renown shooting in December.
Melissa Robles wrote in to ask why her niece, shooting victim Shawntae Spears, was not invited to recognize and thank the courageous members of our community at this week's City Council meeting?

Answer:
The ceremony was held during Wednesday's Reno City Council meeting to honor police and other first responders from the shooting.
Dr. Christine Lajeunesse, who was injured in the shooting was on hand at Wednesday's ceremony.
Joe contacted the Reno Police Department to ask them about Shawntae Spears and whether she was invited.
Reno Police said the ceremony was specifically for recognizing dispatchers and the officers involved that day. RPD felt it was too soon to expose the victims to the media and public exposure.
Therefore, formal invitations did not go out to the victims. Dr. Lajeunesse was personally invited by the one of the officers who helped save her life.
Tim Robinson with the Reno Police Department said they are already planning a more private "survivor" ceremony for the victims, including Ms. Spears. It will be held sometime in the next several months at the Reno Police Department.
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1renogirl - 5/2/2014 9:20 PM
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Those officers were exposed to danger that day. They ran into the shooting scene, not knowing what was waiting for them. There is a possibility of that EVERY day they go to work. They are in the trenches, not sitting on the sidelines criticizing. Their accolades are few and far between.

Old Parnell - 5/2/2014 9:02 AM
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"Reno Police said the ceremony was specifically for recognizing dispatchers and the officers involved that day. RPD felt it was too soon to expose the victims to the media and public exposure". i.e. while we were all caught up in the excitement to hand out awards to each other, we kind of screwed up and forgot to respect those whose lives were impacted.
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