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Single black rose left at TPD substation

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Dec. 2, 2009 at 8:54 am with 8 Comments »
December 3, 2009 9:17 am
Courtesy of Jeanie Peterson
Courtesy of Jeanie Peterson

Jeanie Peterson, who works with the Hilltop Action Coalition and is a Tacoma police volunteer, found a touching scene when she arrived at the Sector 1 substation Tuesday night for a community meeting.

She sent this e-mail out later:

Tonight, when I went in to the Tacoma Police Dept. Hilltop substation for a community meeting I noticed a black rose on one of the ornamental rocks out front.  Someone had placed it there since the tragedy in Lakewood.  The rose was frosted and I thought how beautiful it was, alone and cold as a gesture of the sorrow we feel at the tragedy before us.

How touching a jester it was of community support for police during this difficult time.

I can’t speak for Tacoma police, I can’t even speak for the TPD volunteer program of which I am a small part, but I can speak for that greater piece of humanity that feels the support from people all over the area for those who have been touched by this incident.  I know that as each officer that came in tonight I told them about the rose, you could tell they were touched by this simple display of support.

Thank you, to whomever left the rose, I will pass your jester on to those who can get it out to the rest of the department.

Leave a comment Comments → 8
  1. Has anyone given thought to the meaning of a black rose? It certainly is NOT a symbol of love… Unfortunately, I would treat this as some kind of threat. See the following link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_rose_(symbolism)

    This is very sad, in my book.

  2. nashabee says:

    a single black rose could also signify farewell.people always have to find the negative in things that goes on .you didnt place it there so you shouldnt speculate..,.

  3. robigirl015 says:

    CoachP, you stated in your comment that you would “treat this as some kind of threat” & gave the link for wikipedia…. Black rose (symbolism). I’ve heard the black rose was the symbol of life threatening, however your link that you entered in your comment gave another point of view.
    And I quote;
    “In the 18th century, the language of flowers became popular. In this code, black roses to most people signify death, or hatred. But it also means farewell. Black rose means revenge to a foe or wanting to kill someone.”.
    The 3rd sentenced states that it also means FAREWELL.
    I’m also thinking positve as nashabee. This is not a time to be a neg. person when the officers loved ones need us to lean for support.

  4. Nice thoughts but I have to say the correct word is “gesture” not “jester” A jester is one who makes people laugh……..

  5. to whomever left that single black rose at the doorstep of TPD,please come forward and and show yourself and explain what your intentions were in leaving the black rose? it sure would clear up alot of speculations.

  6. snowtiger1979 says:

    I also hate to say it, but wikipedia relies on every day people to post/edit. It also means, that many things can be changed, or entered incorrectly, by people who have no idea what they are talking about. I would find a better source for historical information. As my college instructor says, primary sources other than wikipedia, and .com’s are a better information source. After all, I can go on wiki and change it to mean that it is of greater signs and portents of cheeseburgers being the next messiah.

  7. I only posted that information in an effort to caution the TPD. I did not look for “the negative” in anything… I simply didn’t want someone to not recognize a POSSIBLE threat!

    Trust me when I say I that I worry about the safety of all of our LE officers.

    I did not mean to jump to the conclusion that this was a threat… just wanted people to be aware of the possibliity!

  8. teeeeeeeds says:

    I am not usually a very skeptical person, but during times like these, I can only take it as something negative. WHY?

    Black rose — I never saw it as a good sign.
    Why wasn’t this left at the Lakewood PD, but rather the Tacoma PD? Where Clemmons and his friends and family live? You know… the same city that one of his friends who is running around free boldly stated that she might have done the same as the accomplices in this case.
    Why wasn’t the rose left with all the other roses near Forza where the crime took place?

    I see that people don’t see this as a threat, but I can’t help but do so. Especially when police officers are the ones being targeted lately.

    Just my take on it.

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