It’s difficult to imagine the sense of shock and loss experienced by the loved ones of a police officer killed in the line of duty.
So it’s not surprising to read in today’s New York Daily News that the mother of slain NYPD Officer Russel Timoshenko (left) doesn’t appreciate the cops-and-robbers animated violence in Grand Theft Auto IV. Tatyana Timoshenko told the Daily News:
For some people, it’s a game. But for me, it’s not funny. It was for real. It was my son. This game teaches children to kill, then they wonder where criminals come from.
Big Apple Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has criticized GTA in the past, added:
The kids are playing these violent games that don’t exactly teach the kind of things that you’d want to teach your kids.
Pat Lynch, president of the NYPD Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association President, said:
Being involved in a shootout in a video game has no consequences and that is the wrong message to send to young people.