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TPD: Why focus on one person’s opinion?

Letter by Rachel Ann Braaten, Gig Harbor on May 9, 2011 at 10:21 am with 5 Comments »
May 9, 2011 2:59 pm

Re: “Police chieflied to citizens,’ review board member says” (TNT, 5-6).

I’ve known Tacoma Police Chief Don Ramsdell for 20 years, and I’ve personally seen what high standards he holds for himself and for his family. I also know he was up more than 36 hours working on Zina Linnik’s abduction case in 2007 and was personally so distraught when they found her.

I realize this is a report on the review board meeting and how member Trisha King Stargel was so outspoken in saying she hated “to be lied to.” But the five other members were not as showcased. To have a headline that states the chief “lied to citizens” slanders a man who has worked tirelessly for the past nine years to keep our city safe.

I’m personally offended and will, in the future, read the articles from this newspaper with a cynical eye.

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  1. pazzo242 says:

    Most of you letter writers who are coming to the defense of Ramsdell are truly a bunch of hypocrites. If this would have been any other officer who lied to cover up the actions of another police officer all of you would be calling for his head. But because “Donny” comes across as this nice guy you attempt to divert the truth that he lied–plain and simple.

    Let’s also keep in mind how he got that job–daddy was a big wig in the city so “Rammer” got it by name recognition and nothing more.

    This is a case of what is good for the troops is not good for the admin. He has sent people packing for lying so he deserves more than a slap on the hand, which is all he got.

    Take your rose colored glasses off for a moment and see the entire picture. The Top Cop of the entire police department lied and got a slap on the wrist. It’s time for all those fired for lying to come back with a law suit for unlawful termination.

  2. beerBoy says:

    It isn’t slander if the accusation is true.

  3. Earth_watch says:

    Rachel, you’re missing the point of why this topic persists…

    It wouldn’t matter if Ramsdell was Gandhi, himself… just because someone may have done some good things in the past, it does not excuse that he LIED to the press and the public and possibly city officials and on official documents. He deliberately allowed the cover-up for four years and never did come clean, himself, until the lawsuit uncovered it.

    The Press is doing nothing more than reporting those facts. Ramsdell did this to himself, has only himself to blame, and you can’t blame the public for expecting better. Ramsdell’s four-years-late insincere apology is not enough to make this go away.

    You’re welcome to support Ramsdell as he goes through this tough time, since (as much as you’d like it to) this is not going to be swept under the rug… I’m glad the public expects better from our Police Chief, as you should, too.

  4. Earth_watch says:

    Why do you think protecting the moral of the TPD is more important than the public’s trust?

    Frankly this rally of support for Ramsdell is only bringing more attention to his actions and the public’s anger… and only helping focus on him instead of all those involved who should also be being brought to task.

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