Parker, AZ Police Chief
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My name is Lorrie Thompson and on June 5, 2013 I was assaulted by the Chief of Police in Parker, Arizona. I was not punched, handcuffed roughly, or arrested. I bear no physical injuries from the assault. I almost wish I did, maybe then I would have been taken seriously. I work at a local business and I used to be in charge there. As part of my job, I was required to interact with local law enforcement. That is how I came to be at the Parker Police Department that day. I had a scheduled meeting with the Chief. Upon entering his office, he kissed me on the lips. My gut reaction was to punch him but, I didn’t do that. I really wish I had. I had the words so often spoken to me by my husband (a Parker PD Sergeant), and my boss (at that local business), burned into my brain, “BE NICE.” So I did nothing but lightly shove him away. I did, however have a tape recorder in my pocket…
As the County Attorney told me today though, “Audio recordings don’t pick up a kiss.” This is true and I knew that. So I agreed to meet with the creep Chief one more time, just so I could ask him why he did it and get THAT on tape. I did.
You would think that would be enough to get rid of the guy, right? It wasn’t. No one at the local, county, state, or federal level cares. Why? Because it didn’t actually do me any harm, right? Because I am married to a cop so maybe I was asking for it? Or maybe because POLICE CHIEFS CAN DO AS THEY PLEASE. I think, sadly, that the last answer is the correct one.
Please hold those that are supposed to protect and serve accountable but, definitely please make sure that the person in charge of those cops is held accountable too. Police Chiefs in Arizona are not elected and there isn’t a whole lot that can be done to them if no one will investigate them for their crimes. That needs to change.
He is on Administrative Leave now. I guess that is something. My name has been dragged through the mud and I do not expect to keep my job nor do I expect my husband to. Still, I hope that he will never do something like this again. I hope that I have made enough noise that he will be fired. I hope. Please help me with this, if you will. Thank you.