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LAKEWOOD: Former officer was a good cop

Letter by Mackenzie S. Fleming, Lexington, Ky. on July 20, 2011 at 10:18 am | 15 Comments »
July 21, 2011 8:55 am

Re: “Lakewood officer lied about crash” (TNT, 7-18).

I have recently moved out of state, but as I still call Tacoma home, I keep up with the local news. Seeing the reports alleging that Lakewood police officer Adam Leonard lied about the events surrounding his crash this spring has made my heart incredibly heavy – not because I feel duped by someone in whom a great deal of trust has been placed, but because I know a great man’s name is being falsely tarnished.

I am not the kind of person who believes police officers are inherently more honorable than others, but I have known this man for many years; I know that he is as honorable and as conscientious a law enforcement officer as there could be. The News Tribune’s own article on the matter listed many of his accomplishments. Being a cop was not what he did, it is who he was. He readily accepted the responsibility he was given and took it seriously.

I beg the citizens of Lakewood to remember that, by the admission of everyone involved, it is not known exactly what happened. Please keep that in mind before vilifying someone who has served you for many years with nothing but your safety in mind, and please know that you have lost one of your finest protectors.

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