A Look Back: The legacy of Detective Steven McDonald

As the city mourns the death of Detective Steven McDonald — who for upwards of three decades took his message of peace and forgiveness across the city and around the world – we chose this week to look back on a visit that the late hero made to this neighborhood in the first years after a gunshot fired by a suspect that he had tracked down in Central Park paralyzed him from the neck down.

McDonald, who regularly visited schools, police precincts and other forums to speak about his experience, is seen here in a photo from the files of this paper at a meeting of the 68th Precinct Community Council. McDonald – who forgave the youth who so badly injured him in the months after the shooting – was truly an American hero.

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