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The police chief from Aransas Pass, Texas, took to social media defending an officer’s actions and his department’s procedures.
Chief Eric Blanchard said in a news release that both sides of the story need to be told … especially when the truth is being obscured.
The chief responded to a Facebook post from Katherine Bibb-Sachse claiming she was treated like a criminal, thrown in jail, searched for weapons and drugs and claims the department is, “chasing the wrong people.”
Sachse’s situation small speeding traffic stop took a turn for the worst when patrol officer Darrell Harvill stopped her for speeding on Harrison Blvd in Aransas Pass.
Sachse was pulled over and was cited for her speed. During routine checks by Officer Harvill, warrants were discovered for unpaid traffic tickets.
In a news release by the Chief on the Aransas Pass Police Website, Chief Blanchard outlines the events leading to the arrest, posts video from Harvill’s body cam, releases an audio transcript showing his attempt to resolve Sachse’s complaint in a professional manner, a copy of her arrest warrant, tow truck records and copies of her Facebook post.
Blanchard said in the release, “Sadly, Katherine decided to take to Facebook to share her experience. Granted, I understand her position. No one aside from career criminals seems to enjoy being arrested.”
The Chief explains he was tagged in the post and then responded, telling his department’s side of the story, but his comments were removed.
“I was tagged in her post and had to respond. After noticing my response, she removed it. In fact, other dissenting posts were also removed, be it by her or the original poster. Fortunately, I saved my response.”
The Chief writes in his release, “We understand that occasionally some aren’t happy with our efforts. And, some take to Facebook and try to spoil our diligent effort with slanted information. When we are right, I go to bat. When we are wrong, I stop at nothing to make it right and admit our wrong. There’s simply no other policy that works in Law Enforcement, nowadays.”
He says that even though he explained the situation and procedures, Sachse would not be satisfied, nor would she accept responsibility for failing to take care of her original speeding ticket, which had become a warrant.
As the Chief, he feels the public needs to know both sides of the story … especially in the current atmosphere filled with contentious attitudes toward police.
“I feel it’s important to share this publicly,” he writes. “The other side of this story needs to be told. It’s unfortunate that some will not accept responsibility and obscure the truth in their own favor. Divisive, negative rhetoric like this about good police officer conduct puts all police officers at risk.
Officers today have been targeted, injured and killed because fake news and bias, false narratives. Only after trying two times privately to resolve this matter, do I feel it’s important to make it public.”
The Chief closes with complimentary words for his force and says misinformation leads to safety concerns for the officers.Police
“We have a great department filled with good, hardworking officers and support staff. The last thing I want is for one of them to end up injured or killed because of inaccurate, incomplete information.”
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