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Letter to the Editor

BY DI READERS | MARCH 07, 2011 7:20 AM

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Police priorities are all wrong

The Iowa City police should do their job and concentrate on real crimes.

On the evening of March 4, my roommate was hit by a silver SUV while crossing the street at the intersection of Burlington and Gilbert. After it happened, we called the police and waited for their arrival to no avail.

My friend was hurt pretty badly, and at the time we thought he might have broken his foot. After 40 minutes of waiting, we decided that we couldn’t wait any longer, and we took our friend to the hospital ourselves. While sitting in the emergency room, we discussed our profound dissatisfaction with the Iowa City police. We wondered how many officers were downtown handing out drinking tickets instead of responding to a hit-and-run in a busy downtown intersection.

Finally, around two hours after the incident occurred, a single officer showed up to the hospital.

After a five-minute interview with the victim, the officer made an attempt at an apology for the slow response time that ended up sounding like more of an excuse. He then proceeded to explain that they would check the cameras nearby to try to get a license plate number and left with my roommate questioning the priorities of the Iowa City police.

For those who are supposed to keep us safe, what is more important: handing out underage drinking tickets or responding to a hit and run?

My roommate is all right, aside from the scrapes and bruises. His greatest wound comes from frustration at the lack of action from the Iowa City police.

Zac Latcham
UI student


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