Archive for Monday, April 8, 2013

Editorial: Risky business

City officials should take a look at ways to help protect local police officers against violent attacks.

April 8, 2013


Three times last week, Lawrence police officers have been injured while making arrests.

First, we should thank these officers for their service. The recent statistic should focus attention on the abuse that members of our police force take and the dangers they face. Then we should get busy to see what can be done to reduce the violence directed at them.

We can’t know whether these three incidents represent a trend. We can speculate that they could be connected to the increased presence of methamphetamine abuse in our community, as described in Journal-World news stories. Violence often accompanies this particular form of drug usage, so there may be a link.

The most recent incident happened Tuesday as police responded to a burglar alarm. It should be noted that one charge lodged against the assailant was possession of a controlled substance. Although follow-up treatment was required, the officer’s injuries did not appear to be serious, but in other cases, such violence has resulted in injuries that forced officers into retirement.

Battling with police officers cannot be tolerated. These men and women deserve the community’s respect and support. Their assailants, if convicted, should get the strongest sentences that judicial guidelines allow.

And Lawrence needs to give more attention to dealing with the range of effects that increased drug use is having on the community. Ignoring it or looking the other way is not the answer. Law enforcement needs our backing. The newly elected Lawrence City Commission should make it a priority.


Paul R Getto 5 years, 2 months ago

And Lawrence needs to give more attention to dealing with the range of effects that increased drug use is having on the community

Good point. Start with booze, the most dangerous drug of all.

William McCauley 5 years, 2 months ago

That is code talk....duh! Getting you all worked up so when they come around demanding another 40 million for the new cop shop you will be thrilled to open your wallets again without questioning it.

Michael LoBurgio 5 years, 2 months ago

The ‘gateway drug’ is alcohol

A study in the August edition of The Journal of School Health finds that the generations old theory of a “gateway drug” effect is in fact accurate for some drug users, but shifts the blame for those addicts’ escalating substance abuse away from marijuana and onto the most pervasive and socially accepted drug in American life: alcohol.

Using a nationally representative sample from the University of Michigan’s annual Monitoring the Future survey, the study blasts holes in drug war orthodoxy wide enough to drive a truck through, definitively proving that marijuana use is not the primary indicator of whether a person will move on to more dangerous substances.

“By delaying the onset of alcohol initiation, rates of both licit substance abuse like tobacco and illicit substance use like marijuana and other drugs will be positively affected, and they’ll hopefully go down,” study co-author Adam E. Barry, an assistant professor at the University of Florida’s Department of Health Education & Behavior, told Raw Story in an exclusive interview.

LeBo 5 years, 2 months ago

Man up! L.K.P.D. the job is dangerous. You have no standing, Lawrence is one of the best communities in the nation to fight crime. The Chamber says that their is no crime in Lawrence- so what is the problem. A few bruises are part of the job.

LeBo 5 years, 2 months ago

P.S. More officers have killed people D.U.I. than line of duty deaths in the last 20 plus years!

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