Police got it right

Letter to the Editor

Posted: Monday, July 29, 2002

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Police: Drinking may have led to crash

A few days ago I read an online article about the car crash that occurred one week ago Saturday. What I found in that article led me to be completely disgusted with the investigative reporting, or should I say the lack thereof. I was out the Road at the party and I know everyone that was in the van when it crashed. The least the reporter could do is get her facts straight, i.e., the number of people in the van, where it crashed, and how many were hospitalized.

A parent's comments were attached to the article stating that police did not do their job by not breaking up the party. It seems to me that the parent in question was simply irate and just wants someone to blame for his bad parenting. There was a JPD officer that arrived at the party and at the time no minors were in possession of alcohol in his field of view and he is not to blame. In fact the JPD officer in question is one of the most respectful officers I have ever met and as an ex-MP I understand more than most that in everyday police work discretion in an officer's greatest ally.

It was the stupid and ignorant acts of the few such as the 31-year-old driver that will ruin for all of us the ability to go out the road and be responsible without complete police presence. Remember as the police state in the first article that even if the party had been broken up the crash in all likelihood still would have occurred. It is not the responsibility of police to play the role of parents just because good parenting is lacking. The police in this town are some of the best I have ever had the pleasure of meeting and do their jobs to the best of their abilities. They did the right thing.

Jonathon L. Williams

Juneau



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