Tim Steller’s Opinion: Shocking Attack on Tucson’s Aides Can Build Trust in Each Other | Local news
So there should be no talk of the wealth of humanity and helpers in the Sunday situation. They were everywhere from start to finish.
But it poses big problems for the community going forward. Speaking at the press conference on Monday, Ryan said, “An incident like this can shake your confidence.” And Police Chief Chris Magnus said, “If this isn’t a call to action, what is it?”
The attack exacerbates existing problems within our public security services. The staff is on the decline, especially in the police department, which means officers spend their shifts switching from high priority calls to high priority calls. An attack like this, on top of all the other violence incidents, only reinforces an already intense job.
Another major concern: The incident shows that the police may be needed on more innocuous calls than we thought. Sgt. Jason Winsky, spokesman for the Tucson Police Officers Association, asked, “As an outlier as this situation was, do we really have a handle on which situations require police and which do not?”
This is where calls to invalidate police responses collide with the reality that some nonviolent calls become surprisingly violent.
Another concern: has Scarlett fallen through the cracks of our generally improved system for dealing with dangerously mentally ill people?
After all, of course we need to know how Scarlett, a banned owner, got hold of a gun? In a country as saturated with weapons as ours, it’s not that difficult. But its process is important.