Dear Sir or Madam:
It was reported in The Sun on Monday that Terrell Bradley had lost his right eye following a “routine traffic stop gone wrong”. GPD was doing his job by stopping his vehicle for a traffic violation. Bradley fled after drug detection, then it was determined he was a convicted felon who was in possession of a stolen firearm. The proper tool for tracking and apprehending crime suspects is a police K-9. It was Bradley’s decision to commit crimes, flee police and resist apprehension that resulted in the dog bite and his injuries. If it had been a “routine traffic check”, he would have received a traffic violation ticket and been released. Nothing “went wrong” – GPD followed industry standard practices to apprehend the fugitive criminal.
Violent crime is on the rise in the city of Gainesville and Alachua County, and Terrell Bradley was due to go to jail. If a person doesn’t want to be arrested or hurt, then don’t commit crimes, don’t carry stolen weapons, and don’t run from the police. Law-abiding citizens don’t care about family members or protesters who speak out against law enforcement. That’s what we pay the police for.
Captain Ed Van Winkle (retired)
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