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Overkill at the post office?

Post by Patrick O'Callahan on Dec. 7, 2009 at 6:19 pm with 3 Comments »
December 22, 2009 1:49 pm

I’m as down on domestic violence as anyone I know, but I can’t help wondering if the law requiring that someone be arrested in all disputes might be set on too much of a hair-trigger.

I have no idea what’s been going on behind the scenes between Lakewood City Councilman Dayton Finnegan and his wife. It doesn’t sound good: Getting your bedroom door demolished is obviously a scary thing. But the occasion of this arrest and booking was reportedly a purely coincidental crossing of paths at the post office.

I think I’d rather see the police time devoted to abusers who are actually going out of their way to violate restraining orders.

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  1. coldone says:

    A purely coincidental crossing of paths at a parking lot in Gig Harbor and…….

  2. diogenes says:

    It may have been just a coincidence that Councilman Finnigan encountered his wife at the post office. But it was his willfull choice to stay there in violation of his restraining order. I do not believe that he was so ignorant of the law that he did not comprehend the consequences of his actions. But I also remember Council Finnigan in Lakewood council chambers railing about spending human resource funding for anything other than “basic necessities” which he defined as only food, clothing and shelter. He did not believe that funding for domestic violence programs should be considered because he did not see these programs as a part of “basic necessities.”

  3. wa_govwatch says:

    Finnigan’s story, as reported, seems permeated with holes. Why did he follow his wife out of the PO when his business inside wasn’t finished? He returned because he wanted to ask the clerk about passport forms? All such forms are conspicuously displayed on the counter area at the back of the room! Was he too distracted trying to intimidate his wife to notice that what he was supposedly looking for was conspicuously in plain sight? The public doesn’t yet know what actually took place between Finnigan and his wife except that whatever it was involved physical violence against property which amounted to the absolute physical destruction of that property. That is serious violence! Has anyone thought to read the police report?

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