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TACOMA: Community discussions are vital

I applaud The News Tribune for inviting community leaders in for a discussion (Karen Peterson column, 5-24) to avoid a flare-up that we’ve seen in many other cities recently regarding police and community relations.

Recently, at City Club of Tacoma, we had a program titled “Can Ferguson Happen in Tacoma?” The News Tribune and City Club invited some of the same community leaders, such as Lyle Quasim and Tacoma Police Chief Don Ramsdell. But we had one additional, and in my opinion, key player involved: Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist.

Lindquist was a vital part of our program, lending his

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TPD: Police not required to tell media anything

Re: “Chief once fired cop for lying” (TNT, 6-1).

The News Tribune been shilling for plaintiff’s counsel in this absurd matter of the Zina Linnik Amber Alert notification, but things have now reached pathetic levels. Let’s be clear about a few things:

• Nobody at the Tacoma Police Department was under any obligation to reveal anything to either The News Tribune or other media outlets about the case or any other active investigation. You are a private, for-profit businesses and not telling you things or not telling you the truth is no offense, criminal or otherwise.

• Sadly, Zina Linnick

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TPD: Turn pressure off embattled chief

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.

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TPD: Ramsdell has a history of integrity

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

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TPD: Ramsdell’s error isn’t a firing offense

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

I’m a retired sheriff’s deputy and served on Tacoma’s Citizens’ Review Panel in 2010. I resigned my position after a year for two reasons.

First, the panel’s duties are, by statute, extremely limited, providing little more than proofreading services for the police department’s written policies, making the work tedious in the extreme.

Chief Don Ramsdell was almost always present at these meetings, which took place in the evening. I marveled at his patience and equanimity when, after what had to be a

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