Time to call an end to the controversy of the copper caper and the viral video.
The now infamous YOU TUBE video of the Boise police sergeant engaged in a verbal altercation with a guy who has made it a personal campaign to “assert his rights” by shooting video of on duty coppers has gone viral and done nothing constructive.
The GUARDIAN has watched the video repeatedly and comes to the following conclusions:
–Sgt. Lori Sperry initiated the confrontation by approaching the guy with a cell phone camera. She was WRONG.
–Sgt. Sperry called for a “cover or back up.” She was RIGHT.
–Gavin Seim was within his rights to shoot video and no doubt purposely aggravated her. He was RIGHT & WRONG.
–She came back to confront Seim after a traffic stop to renew the exchange of words. She was WRONG.
–Seim has filed an official complaint. He is WRONG.
Sgt. Sperry needs to make a simple apology for her actions to Seim, the department, and the citizens. She is a 23 year veteran of the department and has a pretty impressive service record in several assignments. For this rather minor verbal confrontation to be her lasting legacy would be a travesty.
The GUARDIAN will gladly provide the space for her to dispel the negative comments from readers, viewers, and citizens with a simple admission “Seim pushed my buttons.” Explanations and defensive statements will only prolong the matter.
As for Seim, he needs to do the same. He brought out the worst in the sergeant, made his point, and its now time to withdraw the complaint and shake hands.
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