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Chatsworth Train Crash Victims 'were not Objects to be Used in a Pamphlet or as Bargaining Tools'

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In a direct and to-the-point opinion in the Daily News yesterday, Councilman Greig Smith further shamed the firefighters' union for a mailer sent out last week depicting the Chatsworth metrolink crash, which left 25 dead and 135 injured, juxtaposed with information about budget cuts to the LAFD. Smith, who represents Chatsworth and is the incoming chairman for the city's Public Safety Committee, lambasted union president Pat McOsker in his writing:
The president of the firefighter's union, Pat McOsker has sent thousands of graphic campaign-style mailers produced by a professional political consultant that use actual crash-scene photos showing blood-soaked sheets covering deceased victims. These victims were not objects to be used in a pamphlet or as bargaining tools. They were our neighbors and friends, and the mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers of people in our community, including a Los Angeles police officer.

It is extremely distasteful that Mr. McOsker would use these kinds of tactics with such blatant disregard for the feelings of the families of the victims, who still have fresh wounds from this tragic event. This is particularly insensitive on the eve of the anniversary of the disaster, as the entire community prepares for the one-year memorial.