Joe Doakes from Como Park writes in re an incident over the weekend – a former semi-pro defensive end tackled an armed robber outside a Superamerica in Rogers:
Store customer sees crime about to happen, takes prompt action to stop robbery and capture suspect while police officer stands around watching, gets snotty remark from Chief of Police.
Lucky he didn’t get arrested for interfering with the officer’s observations, I suppose. Still, it’s annoying. The Chief could have said “Hey, thanks for the assist, man, we’ll take it from here; but for all you folks listening, don’t try this at home . . . unless you’re as big as my friend, here [big grin and fake punch in the shoulder].” That would have been classy. Now, the Chief just looks prissy. Jerk.
On the one hand, I’m sure there’s a liability issue involved; some nutcase will no doubt sue a police chief that is seen to encourage “vigilantism”.
On the other? I’m a fire-breathing law-and-order libertarian/conservative -and I’m getting more than a little concerned about the quality of the relationship between the police and the people.