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TPD: Ramsdell has a history of integrity

Letter by Kayleen M. Faraca, Tacoma on May 10, 2011 at 11:31 am with 6 Comments »
May 10, 2011 2:36 pm

The recent articles about Tacoma Police Chief Don Ramsdell seem sensationalized and one-sided. Each new story contains bits and pieces of information that try to paint a picture and plant a seed of doubt about Ramsdell’s character.

I could see this type of scrutiny if Ramsdell had a history of his integrity being called into question, but that is not the case. He has worked tirelessly to improve the standing of the TPD.

Ramsdell was with and supported Zina Linnik’s family every step of the way. Zina’s case was the first Amber Alert for the TPD. Any problems that led to the delay in issuing the Amber Alert have been remedied.

City Manager Eric Anderson has stated that he does not think the chief lied. Both Anderson and Mayor Marilyn Strickland have stated that they support and stand by Ramsdell, as do I.

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  1. From what I have read,there was a covering up of a lot of facts that should have been revealed to the public 4 years ago!Too often the public is informed of any transgression with the explanation of, We felt the truth would not have made any difference in this instance.The statement that any problems that have led to the delay have been remedied makes me wonder how many people are willing to put, their or their childrens lives on that assumption.I know there is no perfect answer for all occasions,but that doesn’t mean you can’t keep striving for perfection.Only time will tell if any good comes out of this scenero.

  2. pazzo242 says:

    And the love affair continues. Can’t you people not figure this out? Your top cop deceived the public–in other words LIED! If this would have been any other cop on the department you would all be calling for his/her head on a platter. You people make me want to puke–what hypocrites.

  3. beerBoy says:

    When will government officials learn that the cover-up is always a bad idea?

  4. harleyrider1 says:

    And yet, bloggers, for all your high-horses, no one recalled the Mayor, did they? You people are very selective in finger pointing – then you walk away after puffing yourselves up a few times.

    This will die down too.

  5. Earth_watch says:

    Kayleen, 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 to 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. 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… his four-years-late insincere apology is not enough and I’m glad the public expects better, as you should, too.

  6. 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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