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Thread: Slain Cops Wives Drop Lawsuit

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    Slain Cops Wives Drop Lawsuit

    I think when these officers were killed it made news at DP. There was a huge outpouring of support for the police in our community and these families, specifically.

    I was pretty disappointed when I heard these wives were bringing a lawsuit against the county for failing to prevent the deaths by not monitoring the inmate telephone calls.

    It seems the families have changed their minds and are dropping their claim.

    What do you think about it? Should they have started down this path.....why or why not?

    Should they have dropped their claim or power up for a fight?


    http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/htm...milies10m.html
    The families of three murdered Lakewood police officers said Friday afternoon they have dropped their claims against Pierce County, saying they couldn't endure the ugly backlash from the Pierce County Sheriff's Office and the public.
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    I would chat with her when I'm feeling particularly snarky, but I wouldn't ever call her on the phone.

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    Re: Slain Cops Wives Drop Lawsuit

    Quote Originally Posted by missypea View Post
    I think when these officers were killed it made news at DP. There was a huge outpouring of support for the police in our community and these families, specifically.

    I was pretty disappointed when I heard these wives were bringing a lawsuit against the county for failing to prevent the deaths by not monitoring the inmate telephone calls.

    It seems the families have changed their minds and are dropping their claim.

    What do you think about it? Should they have started down this path.....why or why not?

    Should they have dropped their claim or power up for a fight?


    Local News | Officers' families drop their claims against Pierce County | Seattle Times Newspaper
    If inmates phone calls are supposed to be monitored and something happens as a result of the phone calls not being monitored then it shows negligence. Perhaps they need to cut down the number phones they have and how long an inmate can talk on a phone so it can be easier for them to monitor inmates calls. Inmates calls are monitored for various reasons such as safety, make sure inmates are not plotting an escape or trying to have someone hide evidence. Personally If think if those families are genuine about wanting a change in policy they should go through with the law suit and only drop if for an out of court settlement in the form of a satisfactory change of policy.
    "A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murder is less to fear"

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    Re: Slain Cops Wives Drop Lawsuit

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    If inmates phone calls are supposed to be monitored and something happens as a result of the phone calls not being monitored then it shows negligence. Perhaps they need to cut down the number phones they have and how long an inmate can talk on a phone so it can be easier for them to monitor inmates calls. Inmates calls are monitored for various reasons such as safety, make sure inmates are not plotting an escape or trying to have someone hide evidence. Personally If think if those families are genuine about wanting a change in policy they should go through with the law suit and only drop if for an out of court settlement in the form of a satisfactory change of policy.
    I believe the current policy is to record all calls but not all calls are monitored. They don't have the budget to pay someone listen to all the calls.

    I'm trying to believe that the families were genuinely trying to bring around a policy change and that $$ had nothing to do with it but.....
    I don't know.
    The problem I have is that they should have tried other avenues first. Those cops getting killed was a big deal around here. They could have gotten on local news easily if they weren't getting anywhere with county/city officials.


    I would chat with her when I'm feeling particularly snarky, but I wouldn't ever call her on the phone.

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    Re: Slain Cops Wives Drop Lawsuit

    I agree with james insofar that, if negligence played a part in a wrongful death, it should be a basis for a lawsuit.

    Outside of that, they should not be allowed to sue. That position carries an innate risk that is understood upon employment, and simple acknowledgement essentially indicates a waiver. It's what you can expect from policemen, firemen, stewardesses, and any position that can be placed in inherent danger.

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    Re: Slain Cops Wives Drop Lawsuit

    I'm undecided. I don't know what their motives are and I'm not sure what the best way to instigate change. As a rule I think people sue too much.

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