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Letter: Much more to the story needed on police incident

By Terry Morrison, Worthington "Justice must roll down like waters . . ." -- Dr. Martin Luther King quoting from Amos 5:24. Color me uneasy with the most recent decision by the city of Worthington to attempt getting the civil lawsuit regarding An...

By Terry Morrison, Worthington

“Justice must roll down like waters . . .” - Dr. Martin Luther King quoting from Amos 5:24.

 

Color me uneasy with the most recent decision by the city of Worthington to attempt getting the civil lawsuit regarding Anthony Promvongsa’s assault dismissed. Of course, this surely is a legal maneuver from the city’s insurance company to work down the $500,000 claim to a more reasonable number that can be agreeable to plaintiff and the city.

 

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I truly hope the judge denies this attempt because a trial may very well shed some light on Promvongsa’s disturbing arrest. Clearly I do not know all the adrenaline-pumping details of the total incident, but I’ve no trouble concluding that the video makes me extremely uneasy. Maybe there are dark forces loose in Worthington that required an all-out assault against an Asian kid who pulled over ahead of those blinking safety lights. Maybe that level of violence is required to maintain order in this city. Maybe the audio of that video was switched off to save regular citizens from hearing tough language.

 

But then, I’m also uneasy about that. From my perspective, this process has not been as transparent as promised. Why should tax-paying citizens be shielded from a climate so threatening that a drug enforcement officer must assault the driver of a car to make an arrest? The only silver lining to this is that officer Joswiak holstered his gun prior to kneeing, dragging, punching and vociferously insulting the kid’s mother.

 

The WPD had a public education meeting this summer in Chautauqua Park. I attended, hoping to learn something that would shine a light on the official response. But it was mostly about kids petting the canine and learning that if you are pulled over your hands should be in the 10-and-2 position on the steering wheel. So, I for one will remain uneasy until all loose ends are wrapped up and consequences delivered.

 

As citizens, we are asked to be patient and accept that there is much more to the story than that video. But I am waiting for an accounting that has a bullet-point list of every actor’s involvement and resulting responses.

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