In response to Dave Furtado’s letter of Feb. 6: Separation of powers provides checks and balances in our government. The District Attorney acts as the primary “checks and balances” for the police.
Being disconnected from television and the Internet for over a year and a half, I have read many newspapers and library books. Some explained the vocabulary and workings of our justice system.
One book made a statement that the District Attorney “trains” the police by accepting or rejecting the police officer’s reports and documentation of possible crimes. This tells me police could be subject to more than one kind of training: One may provide meals, motels, transportation, and class work; and another may provide validation when the job is done to the DA’s satisfaction and up to proper standards. If not validated, an officer may feel snubbed, ignored, or that he must make corrections. Some training issues appear to be a current and statewide problem.
During his campaign for DA, Stapleton listened to many persons voicing their concerns regarding the local drug problem, tactics used by police and the former DA, and other situations. Concerns presented were stunning in the depth and width of issues. Ulys Stapleton has been in office since Jan. 1, and in the position for less than six months. Resolving all these issues will take some time.
In business, industry, and government, many workers often complain and grumble about the new supervisor. It is understandable that entrenched attitudes and methods may be hard to “retrain,” especially when peer validation is part of the picture. The true source of a lot of “hot air” is a lot of people self-referencing. Wisdom dictates we glean information from many sources before drawing conclusions.
And think about this quote by Stephen Colbert: “The lack of evidence is all the evidence I need.”