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“Robert Ellis was arrested after the fatal shooting of police officer Russel Timoshenko, who was shot in the face at point blank range during a traffic stop in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens, Brooklyn (Ellis and his passengers are suspected of a "murderous spree" in Brooklyn, Queens, and Nassau County). Five days after being wounded, the 23-year-old Timoshenko died at Kings County Hospital after being taken off life support. Timoshenko was granted the rank of detective posthumously; his partner, Herman Yan, was also wounded during the incident.
In an extremely embarrassing incident for the Brooklyn DA's office, an audio technician taped over a statement made by the cop killer while in custody. The DA's office will now have to rely on a detective's notes taken during that statement and the videotape recorded during a follow-up interview with suspect Robert Ellis. ”
If the tabs are removed then the tape CANNOT be erased and the Cassette Record Button cannot be depressed and the cop killers statement wouldn't have been deleted.
To protect the A (or 1) side of cassette tape, break off the A side tab with a screwdriver.
Follow same procedure for B (or 2) side.
NOTE: Music tapes you buy from a store (ha!) have these tabs removed to prevent accidental erasure. The tape can be re-recorded or erased, if required, by covering the tab holes with plastic tape.
Brooklyn DA Charles Hynes' office has has come under fire recently for several high-profile blunders. A Daily News editorial suggests his office is in need of "adult supervision."