Archive for Thursday, May 7, 1998

POLICE COMMENDED

May 7, 1998

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To the editor:

I am writing regarding your article, ``Brawl closes Mass Street.'' As a resident of Massachusetts Street, I had a bird's-eye view of the events of last Saturday night. I feel it is necessary for me to express my appreciation for the way the officers of the Lawrence Police Department, the Douglas County Sheriff's Department and the KU Police Department handled the situation.

As an observer, it was clear the situation had the potential of very quickly getting out of hand if the officers had not reacted in as restrained a manner as they did. Rather than resorting to the use of pepper spray or nightsticks, the officers used persuasion to disperse the crowd. I was watching from the time of the initial arrest of the first two people until the crowd was completely dispersed. At no time did I see any officer use force on any member of the crowd who was not being taken into custody.

As a criminal defense lawyer, it is often part of my job to point out to judges and juries the mistakes made by police officers. I also feel it is my obligation to share with the other citizens of Lawrence when the members of our various poilce departments perform their jobs in such a commendable fashion.

Jeffrey A. Moots,

1025 1/2 Mass.

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