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TPD: Responsibility without consequence?

Letter by Greg Kidwell, Puyallup on April 22, 2011 at 11:16 am with 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.

Leave a comment Comments → 7
  1. PumainTacoma says:

    What the hell is going on when the chief of police lies to protect someone who no doubt is paid yes paid to be on call and then says he took sleeping pills of some kind and doesn’t do his damn job? Anyone Bueller? If the CEO lied to the board of directors, in this case the taxpayers, they’d be fired! This cock and bull story needs some fine tuning and then someone Ramsdell Fuhlman need to be fired!,,,there are no mistakes when it comes to doing your fricken job! Resign or quit.

  2. Unfortunately, with the militarization of our police force , police officers are exempt from following the laws.

  3. live4fish says:

    Where is it stated that the police or any agency is required by law to put out an Amber Alert?

  4. Greg, you’re much kinder than I in your letter. The police chief and those he collaborated with to put out false information are liars and conspirators, and are no better than common criminals. They need to go immediately.

    Also, where’s the results of the drug test that Fulghum took after sleeping on duty?

  5. PumainTacoma says:

    Parkland is right where is the drug test people at my corporation especially union workers would require a drug test if they took Mede and failed at their job while being paid! Did fulhman get paid that evening?

  6. Parkland says:

    “Did fulhman get paid that evening?”

    Fulghum receives extra pay for the additional duties he’s supposed to be doing.

  7. ItalianSpring says:

    If only the cop haters applied this level of iron fisted (yet ignorant) scrutiny to federal and state government. Sooo many “experts”.. Strangely though, their expertise does not extend to common plumbing problems or brain surgery, just law and police stuff.

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