We Americans love to build up people, then tear them down. It’s happening with Tacoma Police Chief Don Ramsdell. Apparently many have forgotten the turmoil in which Tacoma was embroiled when he assumed command.
Ramsdell was a topnotch officer, a cop’s cop and a public servant who has shown great respect for Tacoma’s citizens. Under his leadership, a bruised and shaken agency regained its identity and sense of mission, as well as its reputation and standing in the community.
My heart goes out to Zina Linnik and her family. They have suffered so much from the actions of a killer. Ramsdell admittedly made a mistake in judgment after the tragedy by choosing to protect an officer from embarrassment, but it appears that the girl’s death could not have been prevented even without the delay in issuing the Amber Alert.
New policies to prevent a recurrence are already in place. Whether the city will be judged to be legally liable is a separate question best left to our judicial system.
I have noticed that when The News Tribune decides to admit its errors, this can be found in small font on page three. In all fairness, since Ramsdell has apologized above the fold on the front page, it may be time to accept the apology of a good man and move forward.