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CRIME: Police didn’t ‘protect and serve’

Letter by Stephanie L. Phillippe, Tacoma on April 30, 2010 at 9:03 am | 15 Comments »
April 30, 2010 9:04 am

As my family and I were leaving a local Target parking lot, we saw a car break-in and noticed the burglar fleeing on foot. I quickly dialed 911, told the dispatcher what was happening and explained to her we were following him since he was on foot. The dispatcher pretty much dismissed me and said “thank you for the information and we’ll contact you if needed.”

My husband was trying to corner this guy for over 40 minutes (we were still in our vehicle and the burglar was walking around, waiting for his ride), while no signs of police. Mind you, the police station is only a few blocks away!

I understand car break-ins are happening more frequently and are not as big of a deal as some other crimes, but are we to watch crimes in progress and do nothing or, worse yet, know that police will not help at all?

I’ve always stood behind our law enforcement agencies but this incident proved a total disappointment to my whole family. The saddest thing is that our young children saw the “bad guy” get away with a crime while police didn’t even care.

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