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Weapons, other than guns, kill

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From page A8 | May 12, 2014 |

Who knew? Not me. I was at Wendy’s on North Texas Street when I became an unwilling witness to a police/predator chase viewed from the window. I was thankful that I was not outside the window.

What is it about a police order to “stop” that some criminal suspects don’t understand? Thankfully, the Fairfield police officer with other police officers did manage to subdue his combative behavior. Last but not least, the K-9 officer assisted in this outstanding example of Fairfield Police Department teamwork.

I was reminded about the Fairfield chief of police’s remarks when he addressed city residents about the recent violent crimes, particularly along the North Texas Street corridor.

Unquestionably, the reactions of local residents in Fairfield and in Solano County are summarized as local government officials do not care enough to provide a full response to criminal incidents. The emphasis on “guns” distracts from the fact that there are other weapons more dangerous than guns, such as knives with killer blades that are outlawed and in wide use.

What is the usual reaction from local officials, real estate management corporations and other agencies? Two words: limited budget. However, whether it is so-called “upscale” housing or affordable housing, the real world is saying that criminal suspects are protected because law enforcement still has to straddle the political divide of ethnic/racial intimidation.

This social-political-correction attitude renders local enforcement agencies sometimes overly defensive in carrying out their sworn duties.

Frances Von Koenig

Fairfield

Letter to the Editor

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  • mike kirchubelMay 10, 2014 - 1:48 pm

    Really? Maybe i'm not understanding your letter, but are you saying that if the police were more racist, more politically incorrect, that they would do a better job? Could you please explain or correct my impression? Thank you.

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  • 11May 12, 2014 - 5:00 am

    I interpreted her letter to mean that because police are accused of profiling, they often can't carry out their duties without someone accusing discrimination. It is true that often people, not everyone, say they were stopped because of their race and not because they did something wrong. Look how many people deny their crime although they were witnessed committing it. The officers risk their lives every single day for protection of all of us, yet not all of our society offer them appreciation.

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  • Teach5thMay 12, 2014 - 6:44 am

    Mike - stop with the mocking rhetoric. You understand her letter perfectly. You just can't be mature enough to admit that what she wrote is true.

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  • mike kirchubelMay 12, 2014 - 7:39 am

    Oh goody. A volunteer to explain what this letter is trying to say. Please, proceed...

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  • DanielMay 12, 2014 - 6:36 am

    After therre's a tragedy that involves a gun the Demos campaign mantra is just to keep proposing more and more gun laws while they leave the dozens upon dozens of laws in the books unenforced, just like illegal trespasing into our country, the Demos and Obama refuse to enforce any laws that would hurt their chances of getting elected. the last thing we need is more unenforced gun laws but that's all the Demos always propose.

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  • CD BrooksMay 12, 2014 - 6:43 am

    HUH? STOP making excuses! This is not rocket science. There are no shortage of rule-breakers of any identifiable (or not) heritage running around out there. Every single second of every day somebody is breaking a law regardless of who they are or where they come from. They are easy to spot and deserve to be cited, just do it! This encompasses SO much more than speeding tickets! Eyes on the streets and willingness to act are essential and effective. I will guarantee all citizens of this city here and now...if PD had traffic patrols and stuck to them, crime city-wide would drop exponentially. GUARANTEED!

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  • The MisterMay 12, 2014 - 6:46 am

    "What is it about a police order to “stop” that some criminal suspects don’t understand?" Let's see... Rich Giddons stopped when the cops told him to... and he got the stuffin' beat out of him by the cops. Maybe if you run from the cops, you have at least a chance of not getting beat/tazed/killed.

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  • BobMay 12, 2014 - 8:21 am

    Drs kill more people through botched and unneeded surgeries, hammers kill more people, knives, kill more people, drunk drivers, neglected maintenance on vehicles, road rage, all of the above things seem to put more people underground then ops, nasty word.........guns. It's human beings doing this to each other

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  • PornacMay 12, 2014 - 1:48 pm

    Everyone should be armed. Then only the Sheriff needed.

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