Archive for Thursday, August 26, 2004

Police department’s past should stay there

August 26, 2004

The latest chapter in what was once an extremely hot item in Baldwin City -- the police department -- was written last week when U.S. District Court Judge Carlos Murguia dismissed the lawsuit filed against the city by two former and two present police officers.

Although the decision can be appealed, it's hard to believe that another court would overturn a decision on the fundamental issues of alleged infractions of 1st (freedom of speech) and 14th (due process) amendments. Judge Murguia's decision made it pretty clear that infractions of those amendments did not occur in Baldwin.

That's good to know. Let's move on.

Since the whole saga started back in July of 2001, there has been considerable change within the key players involved. First off, there are two new officers. We have a new chief of police, new city administrator and new city attorney.

Problems in the police department were identified and corrected. Enough said.

It's way past time to put this issue away and to leave it in the past where it belongs. It's time for the city to keep going forward with the progress that has been made.

Let's hope this latest chapter is the final one.

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