I would like to thank retired state patrol officer Hallett (who responded to my March 30 letter on the Pasco shooting) for his years of service to the residents of Washington.
Officer Hallett objects to my contention that judgment by blue on blue may raise an eyebrow. I believe monitoring of police behavior should involve citizen oversight. Oddly Officer Hallett’s rushing to the defense of fellow officers makes my point.
I agree that mentally impaired people may make non-comprehensible nonsensical statements and may have terrible personal care. Their lives are unstructured and disorganized. More than 50 percent of severe psychiatrically disturbed people have histories of drug use after their symptoms appeared. They may appear disgusting to some. Officer Hallett’s comments highlight the lack of resources in the Tri-Cities to care for psychiatric patients.
He commented that the individual who was shot had a previous event in which he allegedly attempted to seize an officer’s firearm. That was then, this is now.
The tape of the event shows an unarmed individual turning to face his pursuers. You know the rest of the story. I admit that there may be nuances in an event that may be missed by video. However, I am as distrustful of blue-on-blue oversight as I am of clergy oversight of priests, or of the pharmaceutical industry oversight of drug makers, et cetera.
Robert L. Whitson