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TPD: Responsibility without consequence?

Letter by Greg Kidwell, Puyallup on April 22, 2011 at 11:16 am | 7 Comments »
April 22, 2011 1:15 pm

As reported by The News Tribune (4-22), the leadership of the Tacoma Police Department seems to have failed its citizens.

They failed to quickly tell the truth concerning an inexcusable delay in issuing an Amber Alert in the July 4, 2007 disappearance of Zina Linnik. They are failing to be accountable for both the actual delay and for what many could consider outright lies.

Public officials have no right to withhold information and to self-mitigate a catastrophe. They must quickly and fully tell the truth all the time. Citizens pay these people.

The TNT reported Police Chief Don Ramsdell as saying, “It is my responsibility.” Well, responsibility without (apparent) consequence is not sufficient. Senior leaders at the helm when there is a “system error” are responsible for the systems in effect.

Who was substantively held accountable for the Amber Alert delay, the “system failure” and apparent cover-up?

Are we compelled to accept that the TDP’s official “truth teller” delay was due to an over-the-counter sleep aid? Was there an independent witness? That may be unreasonable or unfair to ask, but many citizens may now suspect that Tacoma’s police leaders will lie when they have seemingly been party to a failing and a cover-up.

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