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Taylor Alert system warns cops of threats

5:24 AM, Oct 31, 2002   |    comments
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It's named after Massillon police officer Eric Taylor who was shot and killed by a man in August who had threatened cops before. Police believe the system will save lives in the future. The Taylor Alert flashes a red screen on an officer's automated data system when the identity of anyone known to have made threats against police is entered. Fifty-one-year-old Donald Mathews had threatened cops before and then killed Taylor in a shootout on August 9. Once the criteria is ironed out, all state law enforcement agencies will have equal access to alert each other about potential threats to police.


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