LETTER: Wilson, past chiefs have long known about prisoner transport risks


EDITOR: The recent article about the officer who was fired for ignoring pleas from a hobbled prisoner in the back of his patrol car fails to acknowledge the malfeasance of the police chiefs who have led the department for years.

While on the department, I and many others begged for a transport vehicle that would allow us to more safely and humanely transport prisoners who had to be hobbled with soft restraints. I am talking over 30 years. Officers had to risk injury to themselves and prisoners trying to stuff them into the back seat of a car.

Suddenly, after this incident, it is possible to have transport ambulance. Vanessa Wilson did not just suddenly drop out of the sky and be shocked by this sudden revelation of a problem situation.

— Don Black, via [email protected]