Support your peacekeepers, not violent offenders
Cecil County FOP Lodge No. 2
A recent letter to editor by former Cecil County Commissioner Rebecca Demmler regrading high speed chases has once again missed the mark of police practices and exemplifies the struggle law enforcement faces on a daily basis.
The loss of life in any circumstance is tragic and does not rest easy on the mind of a peace keeper, but make no mistake the fault does not lie with the officer but with the violator who initiated the action.
The incident you refer to in which the violator lost her life on Aug. 8 stemmed from a carjacking! Yes, police officers do feel the need to “immediately catch the bad guy.” That is what we are paid to do. The suspect’s action caused the horrific accident after they carjacked an elderly individual. We wouldn’t want your family to fall victim to these individuals either should we just decide to look for them another time.
The problem this country faces is a lack of accountability. Bad people do bad things routinely on this planet. Instead of holding them accountable for their actions, we blame the people who took an oath to protect the innocent.
Police departments throughout this country have established stringent guidelines regarding vehicle pursuits in the wake of horrible accidents such as these. They must follow these guidelines in split seconds after every possible checkoff regarding the suspect and their actions have been verified. Those guidelines include whether the person running is wanted for a violent felony, what speed the suspect is driving, how heavy the traffic is in that area and whether other means are available to end the suspect’s actions, among more.
I’m sure it was quite easy to sit in the comfort of your home and pen this editorial while brave men and women protect you 24/7. We look for the public’s support every day to make this county a better place to live — support that was quite lacking during your term as a county commissioner.
Mike Zack is the president of Cecil County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 2.