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Tag: Lakewood Police Department


CRIME: Manos’ sentence likely not so stiff

Re: “Prosecutors seek stiff sentence for ex-cop” (TNT, 6-27).

Only a single count of wire fraud? Skeeter Manos may see prison time, but not in a facility where he would come into contact with any general prison population because of his history as a former police officer.

Court-ordered restitution is a joke. It is no longer enforced and monitored by the Department of Corrections. Skeeter cannot be made to pay the court-ordered restitution. If he chooses not to pay it, he cannot be punished any further; it is turned over to collections and declared uncollectable.

His crime, as despicable

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LAKEWOOD: Fallen officers’ trust tunds are safe

As the facts unfold about the unconscionable actions of one member of the Lakewood Police Guild, the trustees of the Lakewood Fallen Officers’ Trust Fund want there to be clarity in understanding the handling of the funds so lovingly donated.

The outreach from the public was so swift and generous that the funds were deposited into the Lakewood Police Guild’s charitable account. Immediately work began to establish the trust. That required trustees to be chosen; lawyers writing the documents, accountants and financial advisers being interviewed and selected; and the funds transferred to the established trust.

All the monies that were

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LAKEWOOD: Don’t judge LPD by one officer

Re: “Officer allegedly took $151,000 from charity” (TNT, 2-9).

I agree that what that officer is charged with doing was very wrong. But to mention that he was with the “bar sweep team” is irrelevant and should not have been mentioned.

My partner and I worked dozens of times with the team, which did a lot to stop crime in Lakewood.

The Lakewood Police Department has some of the best officers around. I don’t believe one bad apple spoils the whole bunch. They have heroes in that department. I ask the public to not judge the Lakewood Police Department

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LAKEWOOD: Former officer was a good cop

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

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CRIME: Jury finds defendant ‘not guilty,’ not ‘innocent’

In your editorial (5-22) regarding the jury findings in the Maurice Clemmons cases, you stated that the jury found the defendant to be innocent in an earlier case. For your information, juries do not have the legal right to find a defendant “innocent.” Juries make a finding of guilty, not guilty or guilty by reason of insanity only.

The jury in the earlier Clemmons case made a finding of “not guilty.” The is a huge difference between “innocent” and “not guilty.” A prime example is State of California vs. O.J. Simpson. Not guilty means there was reasonable doubt in the

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LAKEWOOD: Others played major memorial role

Thanks to Kathleen Merryman for her column (9-6) encouraging a welcome-home parade to our soldiers and airmen at Joint Base Lewis-McChord who have served so admirably this past year in Afghanistan and Iraq.

As mentioned in the article, I fully support the event and am eager to assist in its planning. I do wish to clarify that while I had a part in supporting the memorial for our fallen Lakewood police officers, the majority of that sterling effort was accomplished by Tom Minor and his Pierce County Emergency Management Team.

(Saunders is a former Lakewood police chief.)