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This is no time for a ‘no comment’

Balloons are attached to the Bay St. Louis Police Department sign on U.S. 90 to honor Chief Mike De Nardo, who committed suicide.
Balloons are attached to the Bay St. Louis Police Department sign on U.S. 90 to honor Chief Mike De Nardo, who committed suicide. klnelson@sunherald.com

It’s been a tough six days for Bay St. Louis, its people and its city officials. We understand that.

Police Chief Mike De Nardo killed himself and there is a cloud over City Hall.

City Council President Lonnie Falgout, Vice President Michael Favre and city attorney Trent Favre apparently have decided the best way to handle the situation is to shut down all communication on the matter.

Here is their statement:

“At this time, I will not have and/or give any comments or statements. Any and all inquiries should be directed to the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department.”

We disagree.

It’s an ongoing investigation. We get that.

But a blanket “no comment” serves no one — except the officials tired of answering questions.

And it frees the public imagination to run wild.

The editorial represents the views of the Sun Herald editorial board. Opinions of columnists and cartoonists are their own.

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