I’m writing in response to the Herald articles regarding Benjamin Hanson, who was falsely arrested at the July 17 “Blue Lives Matter” rally, by a county court marshal (“Man arrested in Everett after taunting police with doughnut,” The Herald, July 21).
I appreciate the Herald’s staff for their excellent coverage of this incident!. However, I was bemused that the article included information about Hanson’s previous brushes with law enforcement. When news reports include this information, it seems like it is intended to discredit the person who had the (often tragic) encounter with law enforcement. No mater a person’s past, it does not justify or vindicate an officer’s negligence or dereliction of duty! Since Hanson’s past was exposed to public scrutiny, why not expose that of marshal James Simoneschi and sheriff’s Lt. Tom Morris? I’m sure Herald readership would be interested to learn about Simoneschi’s past corrective and disciplinary actions and how often Morris’ foul mouth and insolence has resulted in community complaints and discipline.
After viewing the videos, it is incredulous to think that Morris felt cornered, afraid or threatened by this doughnut-wielding youth. Simoneschi was blatantly disingenuous in his embellished report and Lt. Morris, knowing he had not been assaulted, obviously, did not possess the competency or integrity to intervene!
Shame on Lt. Morris for his lack of decorum and absent leadership. Shame on Simoneschi, for being a bully. Shame on all the other officers who were present and witnessed these and other unlawful acts, but stood by and did nothing.