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February 23, 2009

Thanks, police, for catching suspect

I read The Star’s editorial on the conduct of the Kansas City and Kansas City, Kan, police during the arrest of the high-speed chase suspect (2/19, Local, “Police must be held accountable for actions”). I’m not sure what upsets me more: That the suspect will likely face a reduced sentence because of jail underfunding, or that The Star drew attention away from the outstanding job and inter-agency cooperation involved in capturing this hoodlum with minimal impact on public safety.

This guy and his friends cruised around town while allegedly hopped up on drugs and alcohol, evading police at high speed, recklessly endangering citizens and officers. They were safely and professionally captured by law enforcement. Yet The Star fixated on the fact that an officer took a couple extra jabs during the arrest?

Instead of touting the KSHB video as incriminating evidence of this poor, poor man getting picked on by the big, mean police officers, how about turning the tables and hailing the video as evidence of the outstanding job law enforcement did in bringing this thug in with minimal harm to himself and others?

Thank you, officers, for doing an outstanding job.

Dennis M. Gerrity
Overland Park

I can’t tell you how thrilled I was to watch the exclusive report from the helicopter news crew who were following the police chase and arrest. If it weren’t for them, we would probably never have known how badly fine upstanding citizens who steal cars, run from law enforcement officers in two states and endanger the safety of everyone else on the road are mistreated.

I’m fairly sure that the folks in the helicopter have never worn a police uniform and experienced the adrenaline flow that comes with a chase, or a confrontation with someone who might want to take your life. It’s easy to be self-righteous and judgmental from the safety of a helicopter. And, of course, we don’t want to forget our wonderful area news channel that ran that footage ad nauseam.

Let’s put the focus on respect for the fine law enforcement people who put their lives on the line every day to ensure that people like those reporting the news can do so in comparative safety. Police officers are entitled to the same presumption of innocence until proven guilty that the rest of us enjoy

W.F Miller
Lone Jack

Comments

Kate

“I've always heard that "if you make the cops chase you, they're bringing a butt-kicking with them".

The stories I’ve heard confirm that.

We should respect the police officers enough to demand they carry out their duties in a professional manner, and to discipline those who don’t. On the other hand, I don’t think what happened will be enough to compromise the case against this man.

Marctnts

I've always heard that "if you make the cops chase you, they're bringing a butt-kicking with them".

In all seriousness, the cops were wrong and should be punished accordingly. No matter the actions of the accused, once the situation was "under control" and the suspects no longer posed a threat, it is the duty of the officers as TRAINED PROFESSIONALS to leave their adrenaline rush behind and conduct themselves in a lawful manner. END OF STORY.

TinaMcG

I confess that I am a big fan of "24", the one thing I have in common with Dick Cheney. But I also know that in the real world, every bad guy apprehended by jack Bauer would probably escape conviction because of Copy-That-Jack's tendency to beat the crap out of them before taking theminto custody.

The police know this. They are taught restraint. They don't have the luxury of taking out their emotions on suspects because the legal cases will be compromised. "Justice" carried out at the time of the arrest does nothing for our justice system.

solomon

Maybe I should have let your lie about me bleeding for thugs be the last word, right?

BudRog

Always have to get the last word don't you RC?

solomon

Ya know BuddyT, even that remark doesn't regain your title. You'll have to make do with village idiot.

As usual you don't understand English. Nowhere in this thread have I said one word in support of thugs. Saying it is wrong to kick, punch or choke a criminal who has surrendered is not taking their side.

BudRog

You know what Race Card what you think of me will not even jiggle the needle on my Giveacrapometer.

Just keep on bleeding for those thugs RC, it is like sucking up to pit bulls, one day they will turn on you.

solomon

Buddy T,

I made a promise yesterday to let you know this morning that I no longer consider you our resident moron. You had a good run, but you've been overtaken.

On the Police issue, I am 100% behind the department doing their job and arresting criminals, I am never for use of force once someone has surrendered. That holds true no matter what community the perp comes from, east west north or south.

TinaMcG,

thanks

BudRog

When it comes to taking sides between a raging crack head driving the city streets @100 mph plus, or a cop who gives the creep a little stick time.....well count me on the side of the cops.

Of course though the linguini spined media and the "community activists" (aka city government)will give the crack addict an 'attboy, and $200,000 in a cash settlemnet for his trauma.

The cops will be fired. Why in the hell would anyone consider becoming a cop in KC?

BudRog

When it comes to taking sides between a raging crack head driving the city streets @100 mph plus, or a cop who gives the creep a little stick time.....well count me on the side of the cops.

Of course though the linguini spined media and the "community activists" (aka city government)will give the crack addict an 'attboy, and $200,000 in a cash settlemnet for his trauma.

The cops will be fired. Why in the hell would anyone consider becoming a cop in KC?

TinaMcG

Clarification Solomon -- and I apologize for using a term not meant to be taken literally. In the UK, where my husband is from, they use the expression "good kicking" all the time. It's just hyperbole for 'punishment'. When it's freezing outside and Dear Husband can't get the dogs to come inside fast enough, I can hear him saying, "they could do with a good kickin'" -- and believe me, he would sell his soul to the devil before he'd ever hit one of those dogs.

solomon

Good morning TinaMcg,

I don't believe anyone deserves a good kicking by the Police. Punishment is not their job or right. Once apprehended and not resisting, this crook was no longer a threat, making use of force criminal.

TinaMcG

I'm sure these thugs deserved a good kicking, but the fact is, when police use what is thought to be excessive force, it jeopardizes the case against the defendants. I understand the adrenaline rush, but police are highly trained to resist taking out their anger on suspects, for the good of the legal case against him.

T. Hanson

Love it.. you blame the camera for the actions of bad cops.

lucius0729

So because the camera in the helicopter caught the officers on the ground beat a suspect while he was lying on the ground the men in the helicopter are at fault. Let's put the focus on officers that may have been of the streets too long, let's put the focus on officers that may need pychological help to deal with the stress of life on the streets of Kansas City where the crime rate has jumped, let's focus on officers that may be under more scrutiny because less and less cases are being closed. But by all means let's NOT blame the news chopper for being at fault because officers stepped over the line. Whether this man was on drugs or not he was on the ground with his hands behind his head.

solomon

Did Dennis and W.F. watch the same video as the rest of us?

It is good that this guy was apprehended. It was not good that he was punched after he was laying face first on the ground.

The great police work is sullied by the use of force we all saw.

 
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