On Tuesday, June 12th, Jim Sweetser's letter to the editor was published
in the Spokesman review. Here is the link to the full article:
http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2012/jun/12/learn-lessons-of-zehm/ - feel free to leave a comment and join the discussion.
Below is his powerful statement:
City leaders must learn lessons if any good can come out of the tragic
death of Otto Zehm.
Leaders should never attempt to distort the truth. To blame Otto Zehm for
his beating was reprehensible. His last words were “all I wanted
was a Snickers.”
Leaders should worry more about an independent and thorough investigation
than press releases, spins on facts and public opinion.
Leaders must recognize the public expects those responsible to be held
accountable. Without accountability, the public recognizes we are all
endangered by the awesome power our government is privileged to exercise.
If the truth shows mistakes have been made, leaders need to admit it, sooner
rather than later. If leaders deny responsibility, citizens lose trust
in their government.
Leaders must put citizens’ interest in truth and justice ahead of
the city’s financial interest and the interests of its employees.