Janet Lee

Janet Lee
Photo:Janet Lee, injured by a taxi partition.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Tim Ray - a police officer of Monee, Illinois - wrote the following message to me on the internet.

 This message was available for anybody in the world to read.

"HERE'S  SOMETHING I LIKE TO DO WHEN YOU GET AN UNFRIENDLY PASSENGER IN YOUR CAR WHO LIKES TO RUN HIS MOUTH, PUT HIM ON THE PASSENGER SIDE WHERE THE WIRE SCREEN IS, AND WHILE HE IS RUNNING HIS MOUTH TELL HIM THAT YOU CAN'T HEAR HIM SO HE GETS RIGHT UP TO IT, AND WHEN HIS FACE GETS RIGHT THERE. SLAM ON YOUR BRAKES, I GUARANTEE IT SHUTS THEM UP EVERY TIME. "

The procedure that Officer Ray is speaking of here is a process called "waffling or noodling the prisoner."
I am no prisoner coddler nor am I a cop basher. I just don't think it is, in any way, appropriate to make suspects eligible for thousands of dollars in settlement cash, only to fulfill the officers' desire for a moment of sadistic satisfaction.
      I wrote to Officer Ray suggesting that he be a part of the solution. I wanted him to jump the fence from being a criminal police officer to becoming an aide to me in my efforts to get police departments to more seriously consider purchasing only partitions which are certified to comply with applicable Federal standards. He responded with this note.

STEVE,
JUST KIDDING ABOUT THE PRISONER SMASHING. OUR PRISONERS HAVE TO BE SECURED IN THE REAR SEAT WITH A SEAT BELT. NOT ONLY BECAUSE IT IS A DEPARTMENT REGULATION. BUT IT IS A STATE LAW IN ILL.. OUR CAGES ARE OF THE LATEST DESIGN AND ARE PADDED COMPLETELY. MY DEPARTMENT UPDATES EQUIPMENT AS IT BECOMES AVAILABLE. YOU ARE GOING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. PRISONER SAFETY WHILE BEING TRANSPORTED IN MY OPINION IS NOT TAKEN TOO SERIOUSLY. THAT PERSON IS IN YOUR CUSTODY AND YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR HIM NO MATTER WHAT HE HAS DONE, AND ANYTHING THAT HAPPENS TO HIM FALLS ON YOUR SHOULDERS. GOOD LUCK!!

TIM


      Evaluate the relative believability of the two prior letters
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