Initially we were hesitant to post the comments because of their selfish and callous nature, as well as the shocking degree of illiteracy many of them showed. But as we try not to censor commentary too much, we decided to post them. Here are some excerpts:
I will always love and miss Derrick (Duke)Buras.
(We guess his estranged wife, who he assaulted that night, didn't write that one)
I'M SORRY FOR THE LOST OF DEPUTY HOWELL. BUT DERRICK BURAS WAS NOT A PIECE OF CRAP. HE WAS ONLY A HUMAN BEING THAT HAD A HARD LIFE.
Derrick Buras was a very wonderful person and did not deserve to die by some piece of trash wife. He was loved by many people I knew him personally and I loved him! He was a great friend. I hope they slam the book in her face for what she did. If the court system dont get her someone will its just a matter of time. RIP Derrick u will b missed!!
THEIR IS ALOT OF PEOPLE OUT HERE IN THIS WORLD THAT HAVE KILLED PEOPLE AND I HAVE NEVER SEEN SO MUCH SHIT TALKED ABOUT THEM THAT HAS BEEN TALKED ABOUT DERRICK. WHAT MAKES THE DEPUTY A GOOD PERSON JUST BECAUSE HE WAS A COP THATS JUST A JOB.
Needless to say, we were disappointed at the kinds of comments that we've received. The discussion on other sites was far more respectful of the deputy and did not try to justify or defend Mr. Buras.
We believe that Howell, and others in law enforcement, do indeed matter, and that being a cop is more than "just a job". When we lose one in the line of duty, we've lost a hero. Such things should touch us and make us stop to reflect upon their courage and say a prayer for them and their families. Such losses should also outrage us, for someone willing to kill an armed cop is afraid of no man, and respects no law. By attacking a law enforcement officer, they attack us all.
While we're sick and f***ing FED UP with the number of good cops who have been killed in the last couple of years in the Lowcountry, these comments make it apparent that some of our readers don't feel the same way.
We hope they're a small and angry minority of our readers.
If you have an alternative opinion that you'd like to express about the loss of Deputy Howell, click on this link to go back to the original posting and share your thoughts.