Rushville Republican

Letters to the Editor

August 13, 2013

Mayor responds to recent letter

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A more detailed review of the public information will reviewable on the city’s website www.cityofrushville.in.gov. On the site you will find the police report and in addition to a “.wav” file of the conversation between Jeremy (Ms. Dickinson’s boyfriend) and Sgt. Wessel.

On this website, you will find information that shows that the driver committed a series of traffic violations. To be specific, three separate independent violations were committed. The officer on the scene could have technically written the driver three tickets, but chose only to issue one citation. The officer shows during his report that his phone conversation with the boyfriend indicates that he did offer to take Ms. Dickinson to a better location anywhere in the city limits of Rushville, including the Rushville Police Department. Ms. Dickinson refused each and all offers to take her to a different location. Please note that police officers are not permitted to force someone to go with them if they are not under arrest. Since Ms. Dickinson was not under arrest and was not in danger, she was allowed to exercise her free will. It should be noted that the Rushville Police Department did return to the area multiple times and kept watch over Miranda and her two children from a distance to ensure her safety. They stayed on location until she was picked up by her ride. The observation of Ms. Dickinson was discrete because the Police Department did not want her to feel as if they were harassing her. Listening to the phone conversations with her boyfriend will show that he requested they observe her until her ride arrived. Conversations with surrounding city police departments indicate that the actions to ensure Ms. Dickinson’s safety by the Rushville Police Department was uncommonly compassionate action which went above and beyond the actions reasonable and required.

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