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Tag: Greg Richards


Officers’ families hurt their own cause

This editorial will appear in Tuesday’s print edition.

The South Sound has showered the families of four slain Lakewood police officers with love, support and money. But the community’s generosity is not so spent that it can’t afford one more gift: the benefit of the doubt.

Let’s accept at face value what the officers’ families say their motivation was for threatening $182 million in claims against Pierce County for the officers’ deaths.

The families announced the claims on Thursday, apparently unaware they were about to touch off a firestorm. The claims shocked Pierce County residents. For many of those residents, word of the pending claims came with an implied message: You didn’t do enough to honor the officers’ memories and comfort their families.

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A day to honor four officers – and all officers

This editorial will appear in tomorrow’s print edition.

May 15 might be the most important national commemoration almost no one has ever heard of. Peace Officers Memorial Day, as it’s called, is dedicated to police fallen in the line of duty.

It doesn’t begin to get the attention it deserves. Nor, ordinarily, do they.

Today will be an exception as many thousands of people honor the four Lakewood officers who were gunned down in Parkland a week ago Sunday. Sgt. Mark Renninger, Tina Griswold, Ronald Owens and Greg Richards will be given due honor and tribute in the community they served and at the Tacoma Dome.

Too many people look at a police officer and see only the uniform, the badge and the gun. Let’s talk about the humanity of these four.

Greg Richards, 42, left a wife and three children. He played drums in a rock band, Locked Down. Music was a large part of his life; he’d played in the marching band of his California high school. His cheerfulness earned him a nickname: “Perma-grin.”
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