Letters to the Editor

Police openness

June 2, 2012


To the editor:

I couldn’t agree more with the Journal-World’s May 29 editorial regarding the Lawrence Police Department. The department has new leadership in place and, hopefully, has put old scandals behind it.

Now is the time for substantive change.

The LPD is asking Lawrence taxpayers to foot the bill for a new $30 million facility. If the department wants taxpayer support for this project, I believe that it must now engage in sincere strategic planning, actively solicit input from residents and submit to the administrative audit proposed to the City Commission in 2009. Anything less is a deal breaker.

It is time for the department to grow up and demonstrate to taxpayers its commitment to accountability and openness. I encourage the residents of Lawrence to communicate with the City Commission regarding this issue. Transparency within the Police Department is long overdue.


goodcountrypeople 1 year, 10 months ago

I sure had a fun time dealing with the crooked KU police. Anyone who would back up KU's incompetent and dishonest HR Department and their scuzzball lawyers shows questionable ethics and professionalism. The cops are supposed to be upholding the law-- not abusing it to retaliate against those KU wants to harm. Better checks and balances need to be in place.


pace 1 year, 10 months ago

I want the city of Lawrence to have a citizens review board. I think it will strengthen the ties and the level of respect between the police and the community. The police and the community are looking toward hard times. I want the citizens review board because I think it will help the police and help the community. I would wish the people who call everyone who wants a citizen's review board as being lpd haters would wake up, they may not agree with me, but the denigration is a simple lie. Present argument. I think a review board would strengthen communication and understanding.


irvan moore 1 year, 10 months ago

i read some of this stuff and realize how lucky i am that i have a life


smitty 1 year, 10 months ago

The CBR attempts are nothing more or less than a stall. We have seen stories that promise actions but never come to pass.

Circumvent the political maneuvering by the city manager/commissioners/LPD by using the grand jury petition..

A citizens review board is not necessary should the citizens of Lawrence organize and get the required signatures on a grand jury petition of only 2% of the votes cast in the last governor election.

Total of Dg Co votes for governor is 33,154. Two percent means that only 684(663.04) valid signatures is needed to convene a grand jury.

Here is the link to the KS status on grand jury:

Grand juries; summoning; membership; quorum. (1) A majority of the district judges in any judicial district may order a grand jury to be summoned in any county in the district when it is determined to be in the public interest.

(2) A grand jury shall be summoned in any county within 60 days after a petition praying therefor is presented to the district court, bearing the signatures of a number of electors equal to 100 plus 2% of the total number of votes cast for governor in the county in the last preceding election. The petition shall be in substantially the following form:

The undersigned qualified electors of the county of __ and state of Kansas hereby request that the district court of __ county, Kansas, within 60 days after the filing of this petition, cause a grand jury to be summoned in the county to investigate alleged violations of law and to perform such other duties as may be authorized by law....

Just a cut and paste and gather the signatures it seems. A day on Mass should produce enough signatures.

May justice be served by the actions of citizens in Lawrence. This short grand jury form can effectively replace the so called Citizens Review Board stall by the city and LPD. The need to circumvent the dirty politics of the city commissioners and manager will be accomplished with the use of the grand jury process.....investigative and subpoena powers are included and the city can't interfere.

Laura Routh, JW's accepted community activist on police matters, this will legally get done what you have expressed needs done without the city's permission and co-operation...the public will involved....the time and energy is much less....the effectiveness in addressing the corruption is stronger....the political suppression of legal actions is addressed....


oletimer 1 year, 10 months ago

Routh more than likely dictated the letter that the editor wrote. It sounds like all her. This woman has had the Police Department in her sights for years. I don't know (or care) what they did to p*ss her off so bad, but she really needs to keep her nose out of their business and bother someone else. There are very few people who would put up with the crap out Police Officers do. Until you walk in their boots and deal with the idiots they deal with on a daily basis, keep quiet. Their work is nowhere near the shows you watch on tv. You want to pick on someone. Pick on brownback and his groupies. Now there is a large target. Even for you Mz routh.


Leslie Swearingen 1 year, 10 months ago

I fully support the need for a new building for the police department. Equipment needs to be upgraded. I would like to see a wish list of what the department needs in order to function fully in the 21st century. Lawrence is no longer the small town that some keep insisting that it is. I think this misperception is because it is growing out and not up. I think it is funny when people are shocked at the idea of a seven story building, what must international students at KU think?


observant 1 year, 10 months ago

smity and routh hate all law enforcement, stops them from freely doing anything they want. YH a prime example, waiting on smitty to to rant again about a very old justified shooting. smitty has problem with reality.


smitty 1 year, 10 months ago

Routh says..."The department has new leadership in place and, hopefully, has put old scandals behind it."

The perception of having put those scandals behind is ...perception?...reality?..perception?...reality?....

When does the city and the LPD address the formal complaints on police corruption held in abeyance for years, yet to be investigated nor settled?

Now that the owners of a 27 yo mom and pop local business has been forced out of business through the LPD's largest fencing operation in the history of the LPD...the big question...ready?....

Will there ever again be a year when the largest number of radar/traffic stops occur in the 1900-2000 block of Mass now that the Neighbors have been forced to close their business (circa Khatib's time as traffic unit head and headed the original investigations into the YH)? The yet to come investigation into the LPD's activities and actions in this one case merits no conclusions of any change of the LPD and city oversight.

"Now is the time for substantive change."...agree.

That jump from hope to hasn't happened.

Even should the jump from hope to change materializes, that change is not a justification for a $30 mil facility. At no time should the public need to barter for an honest police department with an honest city staff oversight for facilities or support.

Ms Routh is learning but on the wrong path to barter the perception of improvements in the LPD for a new facility in the name sake of community activism.

Ms Routh does not speak for the public nor it's best interest with this approach.


oneeye_wilbur 1 year, 10 months ago

routh is saying let the taxpayers give the LPD $30 million and all is well if she gets what she wants. after all Routh is the perpetrator behind the recylcing program. Routh or Consequences.

Ms. Routh, the public could do well with "transparency" regarding the city trash program and the overhaul you want as opposed to what is needed.

Routh or Truth?


cheeseburger 1 year, 10 months ago

You say it's time for the department to grow up, yet you threaten to not support the facility expansion unless you get your precious review board.

Who is it that needs to grow up?


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