Monday letters: Let police chief run department

November 18, 2013 

— Responding to Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott providing public safety in Five Points, city manager Teresa Wilson reportedly said interim Police Chief Ruben Santiago “doesn’t need my permission to do his job in a fair, equitable and just manner across the city.”

This strongly implies she gets to decide what is equitable, guided by whatever partiality she may have. Neither the manager nor council should be playing puppeteer to the chief.

The chief, meanwhile, ought to stay off Facebook and Twitter, stop ordering police to march in parades and try acting like the sheriff. Maybe some students won’t be beaten or robbed, and some girls will not end up in wheelchairs the rest of their lives.

Peter Dworjanyn

Columbia

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