By Linda Burger
September 02, 2008
The smelly rat I refer to is "troopergate." Much has
been said about Sarah Palin abusing her power. Looking closer
at the issue, it comes to light that the involved trooper has
had several incidents that truly scares me as a citizen:
"The record clearly indicates a serious and concentrated
pattern of unacceptable and at times, illegal activity occurring
over a lengthy period, which establishes a course of conduct
totally at odds with the ethics of our profession," Col.
Julia Grimes, then head of Alaska State Troopers, wrote in March
1, 2006, letter suspending Wooten for 10 days. After the union
protested it, the suspension was reduced to five days.
Troopers eventually investigated 13 issues and found four in
which Wooten violated policy or broke the law or both:
Wooten used a Taser on his stepson.
He illegally shot a moose.
He drank beer in his patrol car on one occasion.
He told others his father-in-law would "eat a f'ing lead
bullet" if he helped his daughter get an attorney for the
The "allegations" that he used his taser on his step
son has been confirmed, by no less than the accused himself.
One day -- maybe a year or two before the investigation -- Wooten
showed his stepson his Taser. He had just been to Taser instructor
school. Wooten told Sgt. Wall that the boy was fascinated and
pleaded to be tased.
"So we went in our living room and I had him get down on
his knees so he wouldn't fall. And I taped the probes to him
and turned the Taser on for like a second, turned it off. He
thought that was the greatest thing in the world, wanted to do
it again," Wooten told the investigator. The boy flinched
but nothing more, he said. The boy was about 11 at the time.
Are you kidding me?? What, are we now supposed to justify his
behavior because a ten year old begged to be tasered? If I was
caught treating my kid like that, I would be making my acquaintance
with Bubba in the Big House! This officer of the law who is charged
with protecting our children from harm gets FIVE DAYS SUSPENDED
What I'm not seeing is the outrage!
I'm smelling a rat, a big, fat, stinky, smelly rat.
I don't care about "domestic squables." I do care when
our State Troopers who are supposed to be protecting us are tasering
our children "because he begged me to."
About: "Alaskan resident
afraid that if she needs to call 911, someone like Wooten will
show up. "
Received September 02, 2008
- Published September 02, 2008
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