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IS IT A GOOD IDEA OR A BAD IDEA TO SHOW THE BODIES OF SOLDIERS RETURNING IN COFFINS?

THE BAN HAS BEEN LIFTED!

Recently reinstated media coverage won’t change the dignity of the “welcome home” slain U.S. soldiers receive at Dover Air Force Base, honor guard members say.

The Obama administration this year moved to rescind an 18-year-old ban on news coverage of ceremonies performed at the Delaware air base when the bodies of fallen service members are returned to the United States, if family members agree to allow it.

Sunday’s arrival of a flag-draped casket bearing the body of Air Force Staff Sgt. Phillip A. Myers, 30, of Hopewell, Va., killed Saturday in Afghanistan, was broadcast to a worldwide audience and featured the silent presence of members of the Army’s Old Guard, who performed the “dignified transfer” of Myers’ body, The Washington Post reported.

The media coverage “won’t change anything we do,” Old Guard member Spec. Johnny Bowers, 26, told the Post.

“It doesn’t matter what the conditions are like — cold, wet, sunny,” added Sgt. James Rhett. “They’re a fallen soldier and they deserve the highest respect and honor we can give.”

Myers died in an explosion of a makeshift bomb. Air Force officials said he was attached to the 48th Civil Engineer Squadron posted in Britain.

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FOX 26 TEAM COVERAGE OF TOLAN SHOOTING WITH INSITE AS THE SECOND REPORT!

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OFFICER INDICTED IN THE TOLAN SHOOTING CASE!

HE WILL FACE A CRIMINAL TRIAL AS A RESULT OF HIS ALLEGED ACTIONS!

The Insite has learned Bellaire Police officer Sgt. Jeff Cotton has been indicted in the shooting of Robbie Tolan. As you remember it was earlier this year when Tolan was gunned down by a Bellaire Police officer who pulled him over and claimed he was driving a stolen vehicle. A Harris County grand jury returned an aggravated assault indictment against Cotton this morning. More details to come!