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Tuesday, November 28, 2023

An anonymous e-mail sent to the Alligator around 4 a.m. Wednesday contained two photographs of two people clad in Guy Fawkes masks - most of us would recognize them from the movie "V for Vendetta."

The two people may have been the ones who defaced the portion of the 34th Street Wall that was painted in honor of Lt. Corey Dahlem, who died in the spring the morning after the Gators basketball team won the national championship. He was hit by a drunken driver.

It was horribly tasteless to paint "Don't Tase me, bro" all over his memorial. An officer who died while serving this community in what should have been one of its proudest moments does not deserve such terrible treatment.

A few bad cops shouldn't spoil the bunch.

Plus, Dahlem was an officer with the Gainesville Police Department, not the University Police Department, which is the department that sparked all the Taser controversy - no pun intended.

We hope the offending vandals remain anonymous, because mutilating a memorial to anyone is nothing to be proud of.

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