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TRAFFIC: Officers lacked common sense

Letter by Garry Morris, Graham on July 18, 2011 at 1:40 pm with 7 Comments »
July 18, 2011 1:40 pm

Re: “Driver arrested in South Hill after chase” (TNT, 7-16).

I was stuck in the traffic jam on Meridian caused by eight Tacoma police cars blocking the southbound right lane after officers bumped a fleeing car at 136th and Meridian. I went through at about 5:30 p.m. and when arriving home found that my son had been blocked the same way at 4:30.

Over an hour, eight police cars lights flashing, engines likely running and wasting gas – and for what reason? The suspect was in custody, the car was off the road and officers were standing around gabbing.

Move the squad cars off the road, get back to work and quit blocking rush-hour traffic. I think an explanation is in order.

Leave a comment Comments → 7
  1. LarryFine says:

    It’s called CYA because we live in a sue happy society…

  2. An officer involved incident will require a lot of investigation (CYA factor). How loud will you yell if the ‘victim’ wins a lawsuit?

  3. WarmNfuzziOne says:

    Anyone making the poor choice of living off of Meridian and complaining about traffic under any circumstances has nothing coming.

    Sorta silly when you think about it. Next is this guy going to complain about rain the in the Pacific Northwest? How about the fact the Sound is salty.


  4. harleyrider1 says:

    You lack common sense.

    Eight Tacoma police officers and their vehicles remaining in another city after a chase do not just stand there because they are having fun, becasue they have nothing else to do.

    While they are “there”, there is a large section of Tacoma without protection. Supervisors and at least one Lieutenant/Captain is very aware. Someone above the rank of patrol office is responsible for or for not making that decision.

    If you feel the need to involve yourself in that decision, call them. I’m sure they have nothing better to do as they are probably just standing around too.

  5. ItalianSpring says:

    Garry- you are ignorant of department policies and the reasons for those policies. The delay you experienced is a symptom of these policies, created to do due diligence because of lawsuits against cities and counties by a holes like Tyler MacDumchit, following ANY incident where the cops use ANY force likely to injure ANYONE.

  6. WarmNfuzziOne says:

    If I were a Tacoma Police officer, I’d certainly linger in South Hill as long as I could when On the Job. It’s much safer in South Hill and there’s an entirely better class of people there than Tacoma, but their traffic stinks.

  7. ribbonwinner says:

    Obviously, you do not know the policy and procedures of police investigations.

    Maybe you should request a copy of the police report from that incident and take a look at all the ins and outs, and what work goes into responding to call of that nature. Then you may have a little more of a clue.

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