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Residents call for clean sweep of police

Readers' reaction to the state's criminal investigation of the David Brame scandal:



I am appalled but not surprised. The only thing that would restore my faith would be a complete overhaul of the administration, starting with a new police chief.

CAROLYN COHEN, TACOMA



What bothers me most is the City Council's reaction to the attorney general's report. They are relieved there are no criminal charges, and now they can move on. I would like to see some resolution to the problems before we move on. The City Council needs to first start their search for a new city manager and a new police chief.

LISA SU-BROWN, TACOMA



The Tacoma Police Department needs civilian oversight, something that has been known and documented for almost 20 years.

JOHN MCCLUSKEY, TACOMA



Too bad no one has yet to be charged with any criminal misconduct. It's a pity the great citizens of Tacoma do not enjoy accountability or integrity at the highest levels of city government and the police department.

JOHN R. STAHL, TACOMA



Let me get this straight. The state criminal investigation shows Catherine Woodard, retired assistant chief, demonstrated "extraordinary poor judgment." She served as a critical part of a management culture that engaged in misconduct. Investigators say her highly questionable actions merit further investigation. Her reward? A cool $65,000 a year for the rest of her life, as recently determined by the state retirement review board. Boy, I have to work hard to be more incompetent at my job. The payoff is huge.

MARK WENZEL, TACOMA



Instead of worrying about putting in new policies to correct the errors that have brought down the police department what needs to be done is remove everyone who in any way has been a part of this ugly distasteful event - now!

MRS. THOMAS W. GARNETT, EASTSIDE NEIGHBORHOODS BOARD



The cesspool within the Tacoma Police Department is stinking more than ever. Heads should roll, starting at the very top. Rebuilding a strong, honest, moral foundation is top priority.

J. THOMPSON, TACOMA



The widespread corruption and bad behavior within city government is appalling, shameful and embarrassing. Someone must bear the responsibility, and I believe it is the City Council. Our city and its residents deserve better.

RICH WOOD, TACOMA



Unfortunately, I don't think Chief Ramsdell can address changing the department's policies impartially. Oversight by the state needs to continue until a new chief and a citizen review system has been in operation for a few years.

BILLIE BLATTLER, STEILACOOM



The events that led to the untimely deaths of these two individuals are demonstrative of what seems to me is an element missing in law enforcement: It is as much a duty and calling as it is a job.

GERRY WESTON



Where does accountablilty lie within the City of Tacoma? Perhaps there is none in the official city government, as it seems no one is willing to take on the challenge. Certainly the ongoing State Patrol investigation will lead to more than we'd probably like to know within the city. But what does remain a fact is that we as citizens should know. So it is now up to the citizens of Tacoma to rise up, let their voices be heard, and elect new city officials who possess integrity and accountability.

MARK ALKIRE, LACEY



What should be done with the Tacoma Police Department? All positions filled by David Brame should be canceled and re-examined by outside sources. All promotions should be re-examined.

MARLEA ULRICH, GIG HARBOR



A clean sweep of the current management needs to be made in the Tacoma Police Department. The internal investigation should be made, and an interim police chief from a neighboring city should be placed in on loan while they find a new chief. The Good 'Ol Boys network needs to be broken.

KEN HUGHES, SPANAWAY

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