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We all know how you feel Daniel and I am very happy you are the less than 1% of the population that feel that way. These same men and women you spew your hatred towards are the first that would put your safety above theirs because that is there calling.
Posted 16 June 2018, 3:23 p.m.
Blessed are the Peacekeepers...RIP. You gave your life to protect ours!!!
Posted 16 June 2018, 3:05 p.m.
Me too... I have already surmised how this went down.. Convicted felon gets stopped by police officer for a simple seatbelt violation (a $30 ticket). Convicted felon tells police officer he does not have his drivers license with him and lies about his identity, why...because he is an irresponsible convicted felon who still has yet to get a valid drivers license and attend his court dates. Police officer asked convicted felon to step out of the car. Convicted felon makes the choice, like many others before him, to fight the police officer, knocking him to the ground. I don't know the size of the police officer, but the convicted felon appears to be a fairly large man. Police officer is losing the fight, maybe knocked unconscious or received a concussion, and backup officer fears for his partners safety, discharging said firearm into convicted felon, thus stopping the threat.
Posted 12 June 2018, 8:44 a.m.
I agree with both Jake and Tom! Soden will have blood on her hands if the police department stops enforcing traffic laws and there is a serious injury or fatality accident. What both commissioners of fail to realize that police officers duties are to enforce traffic laws. They do not get to pick and choose which laws they will or will not choose to enforce, our legislators do that for them. As someone who proclaims to be educated on this subject, her comments were way out of line. Two more reasons I am opposed to having civilian oversight without the necessary training on the civilians behalf.
Posted 6 June 2018, 2:33 p.m.
And I hope this convicted felon is prosecuted to the max for attacking the officer!! If he had not attacked the officer, our city would still be talking about the firing of Zenger.
Posted 1 June 2018, 12:21 a.m.
So the suspect is a convicted felon who was wanted on two outstanding warrants. The officer goes to arrest him for the warrants and he decides to resist the arrest by attacking the officer..Lesson of the day..Show up for court, do not drive without a valid license, and cooperate with the police who are doing their jobs.
Posted 1 June 2018, 12:14 a.m.
And elsewhere today:
Sergeant Daniel Baker was shot and killed while investigating a vehicle. So far in 2018, 65 police officers have been killed in the line of duty. In 2017, 135 police officers where killed, more than two police officers per week.
I would suggest you attend a citizens academy or go on a ride-a-long so you will have a better understanding of their job....I guarantee it would change your perception.
I will wait for the entire investigation to conclude before drawing an opinion but there are avenues to follow. If a person feels he/she was illegally stopped by the police, then file a complaint. All police vehicles have cameras in them and most departments, LPD to follow, have body cameras. What not to do is argue with the police at roadside, get out of the vehicle, and attack a police officer while being armed with a knife, whether it was displayed or not. What people fail to recognize is each time a police officer is attacked, it involves a firearm. The police are not paid to be assaulted or battered but it something that too frequently happens...no wonder they are on edge.
More than two officers are killed each week.....for doing a job we pay them so little to do.
Posted 31 May 2018, 12:58 a.m.
Great point Dorothy...In each scenario you mentioned, none of the above were initiated by the police, the police were requested by a citizen to respond. Did each person who came into contact with the police cooperate? Did they fight the police? Did they produce any type of weapon?
Posted 31 May 2018, 12:32 a.m.
Why was the suspect not wearing his seatbelt?
Why did the suspect make a decision to exit his vehicle and fight the police?
Why did the suspect fight the police while armed with a knife?
How many prior crimes has the suspect been convicted of (might be an answer to all the above)?
Its real simple as we have seen in almost every police shooting...Just cooperate with the police. Hell, in Douglas County, you aint going to be doing any time anyways because the jail is full
Posted 30 May 2018, 4 p.m.
You are correct Calvin...According to KDOT's website, traffic accidents have not significantly risen in Lawrence, which tells me the Police Department is doing a great job. I listen to the police scanner all the time and I hear officers making traffic stops. Maybe they are issuing warnings instead of tickets, which appears to be an effective tool, since accidents have remained stagnant. The question is drunk drivers.. Has there been a decrease in the number of drunk driver arrests since the Traffic Unit was abolished? I wish the JW would actually do some investigative reporting for once....
Posted 28 May 2018, 12:44 a.m.
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