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
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