Big burly dude tasers kid, kills moose
"The record clearly indicates a serious and concentrated pattern of unacceptable and at times, illegal activity occurring over a lengthy period, which establishes a course of conduct totally at odds with the ethics of our profession," Col. Julia Grimes, then head of Alaska State Troopers, wrote in March 1, 2006, letter suspending Wooten for 10 days.
Just because there used to be a time when it was my job to fire people for doing stupid, unsafe shit, I've been following Troopergate with a semi-professional eye, kind of a bus[wo]man's holiday, if you will. I stumbled onto the above-quoted article in my trawls through the intertubes, and while it's a decent summary of the case, what I found most riveting was the list of documents in the sidebar: interviews, statements, emails, complaints... and was struck by two thoughts.
First was This guy's a real loose cannon; why is he still running around with a gun and a badge? [actually, my first thought was whew, good thing i don't live in alaska.] Fortunately, there's at least one other person in the world who hasn't yet succumbed to Palin Derangement Syndrome and who also thinks Wooten should have been fired. As it was, the boss lady gave him a 10-day suspension and the union got that knocked down to 5 days. Ohhh-kaaay. Governor Palin truly may not have fired Moneghan [the director of public safety] over this, but it would be a logical and prudent, if extreme, action if no one else further down the chain of command were up to the responsibility.
My other thought, unrelated to anything Palin, was I can see why Alaska has such a high rate of domestic violence. I'm not going to go back through all the transcripts and reports to hunt down the relevant parts, but I got the general impression that it's not really domestic violence when a man knocks his wife down while she's holding their infant child in her arms. Then again, that one was a he said, she said, with no bruises or broken bones to show for it, so I suppose nobody could have taken official action anyway.
In case you need a little light reading, I lifted all the links from the ADN article and put them here: