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There are 53 comments on the Kansas City Star story from Sep 29, 2006, titled Officer followed policy during chase that killed four, report c.... In it, Kansas City Star reports that:

A Kearney police officer involved in a high-speed chase that killed four people followed the department's pursuit policy, according to an administrative review of the officer's actions released this afternoon.

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Cathy White

United States

#1 Oct 1, 2006
If the police Dept would have done their job in the first place and arrestted skidmore a long time ago instead of letting him have sooooo many warrant's maybe my nicese would still be here and we would not have to watch her son cry himself to sleep. I wonder how officer hatfield sleeps?
Brent

United States

#2 Oct 2, 2006
These unfortunate events will continue to happen as long as people believe that the Police are the enemy. The Police are expected to do a job and I for one don't want them to stop doing what's right. I would be very dissapointed if a criminal was not apprehended just because he/she is in a vehicle. The fault and responsiblity for these unfortunate events lie with the people who choose to disobey the law.
Cathy White

Lawson, MO

#3 Oct 2, 2006
Brent wrote:
These unfortunate events will continue to happen as long as people believe that the Police are the enemy. The Police are expected to do a job and I for one don't want them to stop doing what's right. I would be very dissapointed if a criminal was not apprehended just because he/she is in a vehicle. The fault and responsiblity for these unfortunate events lie with the people who choose to disobey the law.
If they were doing their job in the first place they would not have had so many warrents and been out on the streets. I hope you feel the same way when it happens to one of your kin.
someone who cares

Marshalltown, IA

#4 Oct 6, 2006
i have to agree...why wait until someone has so many charges and warrants before you arrest them? you let them go this long why not just wait one more day at least then diane and her friend would still be alive and their families and friends would have ONE MORE DAY too!!! do the job right or dont do it at all!!!!
Chris

Overland Park, KS

#5 Feb 2, 2007
Cathy,

I feel deeply for the loss your family has had to endure, but pointing the finger at Asst. Chief Hatfield is not doing their memory any good. You fail to realize that those idiots in that car were evading a police officer. It could have been any officer. You obviously do not know Asst. Chief Hatfield so before you start making accusations you need to think about how it possibly affected him and his family. I do know him personally and have the utmost respect for him especially for what happened. Comments like yours give criminals every reason to run. What do you suggest?? We just let them go. Maybe next time there would be more people that get hurt. Is that what you want??
Very mad and upset

Overland Park, KS

#6 Feb 4, 2007
Well you keep your Damn Barney Hatfield close to you and I hope you go down with him then. Because you are BLIND to the fact that he is a self-appointed ass! He uses his badge to get him the power he thinks he needs. If he can not get to suffer in this life he will in the next. I hope he see everyone he has killed and harrased every second before his eyes!
Chris wrote:
Cathy,
I feel deeply for the loss your family has had to endure, but pointing the finger at Asst. Chief Hatfield is not doing their memory any good. You fail to realize that those idiots in that car were evading a police officer. It could have been any officer. You obviously do not know Asst. Chief Hatfield so before you start making accusations you need to think about how it possibly affected him and his family. I do know him personally and have the utmost respect for him especially for what happened. Comments like yours give criminals every reason to run. What do you suggest?? We just let them go. Maybe next time there would be more people that get hurt. Is that what you want??
We Go Way Back

Kearney, MO

#8 Feb 4, 2007
CONTINUE -
f: The number of families/individuals who have reported that Hatfield is harassing them, their children, their guests do not necessarily have any criminal/civil disturbance history whatsoever. According to his own staff - he just gets a hair up is ass and runs with it.

So, tell me are you friends from when he was an Excelsior Cop/Fire/EMT or Missouri Arson Task Force or Clay County Investigative Squad or is just as a Kearney cop? Did you vote for him when he ran for City Council against Kantola in Excelsior? Did you help him move to Kearney a couple years ago or do you just run into him at John's or Pour Boys? Does he bank with you? Because I'd like an answer on where he gets the money to "make things go away". Don't act like we don't know Hatfield and your word is good enough to redeem him. The only thing left which can be redeemed is the removal of Barney E. Hatfield from law enforcement entirely. The City of Kearney can redeem themselves by pursuing this as if it was one of their own, a Kearney mother and son, husband, father, was ripped from their arms because Barney had a hard-on for Bowers (undisputed) and refused to end a chase he never should have been present for. He was off duty and in plain clothes. He heard the Bowers call (and as Mary Bowers states "Barney is coming") he responded just like EVERY other time, coincidence? Nah. He wasn't even dressed to go to the door and represent the City of Kearney's law enforcement in any plausible manner.

Get a clue and don't speak out of turn. Barney's hand was held for the entire week he did not work following that accident. Between the city's local resources such as the fire trucks and every local officer's vehicle as well as Clay County's officers, Barney never spent one guilty minute alone. Sure as hell hope nobody needed assistance during that week. All on duty officers were holding his hand.

Seriously, Hatfield is an absolute blight on KPD's overall respectability in this community and Mayor Dane just looks like a damn idiot and my only regret was that you couldn't see the strings being pulled behind him.

As for what I suggest - I suggest the City of Kearney's political officers and well as the City Administrator and with the input of the community and various precedent setting law enforcement agencies, put in place policies which regulate law enforcement and provide them with clear guidelines on every matter effecting their job performance. I then suggest that there be a civil-community board that reviews infractions, such as beating a 16 year old boy. That report would have never gone away if there were a system in place for checks and measures by this community, ex law enforcement as well as ex-fire and rescue and members of the everyday public.

I SUGGEST someone STOP HIM NOW. If youíre truly close to the family, I SUGGEST you persuade him to retire.
We Go Way Back

Kearney, MO

#9 Feb 4, 2007
IN RESPONSE TO CHRIS - PART 1
I feel deeply for the loss your family has had to endure, but pointing the finger at Asst. Chief Hatfield is not doing their memory any good. You fail to realize that those idiots in that car were evading a police officer. It could have been any officer. You obviously do not know Asst. Chief Hatfield so before you start making accusations you

Really? You know Hatfield and his family? C'mon. If you did you would know that:
a: This is the second fatal accident Hatfield has been responsible for - Death Toll 6
b: Hatfield beat the hell out of a 16 year old on duty and was forced to "make it go away" - WINNER!
c: Hatfield's dog is responsible for 20+ stitches suffered by a civilian. My dog cannot even leave the backyard without being on a leash. His dog (too bad this site doesn't accept photos) is unleashed and parks his ass right in front of the house/front yard. No leash, no chain. Yes, he has been chained but not typically. Barney is proud of this animal. Mine would have been required to be put down by animal control.
d: The records for any of Hatfield's various criminal activities conveniently disappear or are altered.
e: Hatfield leaves his home in the middle of the night off duty (scanner by his head in bed) to go make sure businesses are locked. His wanderings off -duty have forced night patrol to physically stop by and inform him regarding the results of a traffic stop related to the family du jour he his harassing. They go there BECAUSE THEY DON'T WANT HIM TO LEAVE HIS DAMN HOUSE.
We Go Way Back PART TWO

Kearney, MO

#10 Feb 4, 2007
f: The number of families/individuals who have reported that Hatfield is harassing them, their children, their guests do not necessarily have any criminal/civil disturbance history whatsoever. According to his own staff - he just gets a hair up is ass and runs with it.

So, tell me are you friends from when he was an Excelsior Cop/Fire/EMT or Missouri Arson Task Force or Clay County Investigative Squad or is just as a Kearney cop? Did you vote for him when he ran for City Council against Kantola in Excelsior? Did you help him move to Kearney a couple years ago or do you just run into him at John's or Pour Boys? Does he bank with you? Because I'd like an answer on where he gets the money to "make things go away". Don't act like we don't know Hatfield and your word is good enough to redeem him. The only thing left which can be redeemed is the removal of Barney E. Hatfield from law enforcement entirely. The City of Kearney can redeem themselves by pursuing this as if it was one of their own, a Kearney mother and son, husband, father, was ripped from their arms because Barney had a hard-on for Bowers (undisputed) and refused to end a chase he never should have been present for. He was off duty and in plain clothes. He heard the Bowers call (and as Mary Bowers states "Barney is coming") he responded just like EVERY other time, coincidence? Nah. He wasn't even dressed to go to the door and represent the City of Kearney's law enforcement in any plausible manner.

Get a clue and don't speak out of turn. Barney's hand was held for the entire week he did not work following that accident. Between the city's local resources such as the fire trucks and every local officer's vehicle as well as Clay County's officers, Barney never spent one guilty minute alone. Sure as hell hope nobody needed assistance during that week. All on duty officers were holding his hand.

Seriously, Hatfield is an absolute blight on KPD's overall respectability in this community and Mayor Dane just looks like a damn idiot and my only regret was that you couldn't see the strings being pulled behind him.

As for what I suggest - I suggest the City of Kearney's political officers and well as the City Administrator and with the input of the community and various precedent setting law enforcement agencies, put in place policies which regulate law enforcement and provide them with clear guidelines on every matter effecting their job performance. I then suggest that there be a civil-community board that reviews infractions, such as beating a 16 year old boy. That report would have never gone away if there were a system in place for checks and measures by this community, ex law enforcement as well as ex-fire and rescue and members of the everyday public.

I SUGGEST someone STOP HIM NOW. If youíre truly close to the family, I SUGGEST you persuade him to retire.
We Go Way Back

Kearney, MO

#7 Feb 4, 2007
Really? You know Hatfield and his family? C'mon. If you did you would know that:
a: This is the second fatal accident Hatfield has been responsible for - Death Toll 6
b: Hatfield beat the hell out of a 16 year old on duty and was forced to "make it go away" - WINNER!
c: Hatfield's dog is responsible for 20+ stitches suffered by a civilian. My dog cannot even leave the backyard without being on a leash. His dog (too bad this site doesn't accept photos) is unleashed and parks his ass right in front of the house/front yard. No leash, no chain. Yes, he has been chained but not typically. Barney is proud of this animal. Mine would have been required to be put down by animal control.
d: The records for any of Hatfield's various criminal activities conveniently disappear or are altered.
e: Hatfield leaves his home in the middle of the night off duty (scanner by his head in bed) to go make sure businesses are locked. His wanderings off -duty have forced night patrol to physically stop by and inform him regarding the results of a traffic stop related to the family du jour he his harassing. They go there BECAUSE THEY DON'T WANT HIM TO LEAVE HIS DAMN HOUSE.-------CONTINUED, "CHRIS"..
We Go Way Back PART ONE

Kearney, MO

#11 Feb 4, 2007
Chris wrote:
Cathy,
I feel deeply for the loss your family has had to endure, but pointing the finger at Asst. Chief Hatfield is not doing their memory any good. You fail to realize that those idiots in that car were evading a police officer. It could have been any officer. You obviously do not know Asst. Chief Hatfield so before you start making accusations you need to think about how it possibly affected him and his family. I do know him personally and have the utmost respect for him especially for what happened. Comments like yours give criminals every reason to run. What do you suggest?? We just let them go. Maybe next time there would be more people that get hurt. Is that what you want??
I feel deeply for the loss your family has had to endure, but pointing the finger at Asst. Chief Hatfield is not doing their memory any good. You fail to realize that those idiots in that car were evading a police officer. It could have been any officer. You obviously do not know Asst. Chief Hatfield so before you start making accusations you

Really? You know Hatfield and his family? C'mon. If you did you would know that:
a: This is the second fatal accident Hatfield has been responsible for - Death Toll 6
b: Hatfield beat the hell out of a 16 year old on duty and was forced to "make it go away" - WINNER!
c: Hatfield's dog is responsible for 20+ stitches suffered by a civilian. My dog cannot even leave the backyard without being on a leash. His dog (too bad this site doesn't accept photos) is unleashed and parks his ass right in front of the house/front yard. No leash, no chain. Yes, he has been chained but not typically. Barney is proud of this animal. Mine would have been required to be put down by animal control.
d: The records for any of Hatfield's various criminal activities conveniently disappear or are altered.
e: Hatfield leaves his home in the middle of the night off duty (scanner by his head in bed) to go make sure businesses are locked. His wanderings off -duty have forced night patrol to physically stop by and inform him regarding the results of a traffic stop related to the family du jour he his harassing. They go there BECAUSE THEY DON'T WANT HIM TO LEAVE HIS DAMN HOUSE.
WGWB

Kearney, MO

#12 Feb 4, 2007
Very mad and upset wrote:
Well you keep your Damn Barney Hatfield close to you and I hope you go down with him then. Because you are BLIND to the fact that he is a self-appointed ass! He uses his badge to get him the power he thinks he needs. If he can not get to suffer in this life he will in the next. I hope he see everyone he has killed and harrased every second before his eyes!
<quoted text>
f: The number of families/individuals who have reported that Hatfield is harassing them, their children, their guests do not necessarily have any criminal/civil disturbance history whatsoever. According to his own staff - he just gets a hair up is ass and runs with it.

So, tell me are you friends from when he was an Excelsior Cop/Fire/EMT or Missouri Arson Task Force or Clay County Investigative Squad or is just as a Kearney cop? Did you vote for him when he ran for City Council against Kantola in Excelsior? Did you help him move to Kearney a couple years ago or do you just run into him at John's or Pour Boys? Does he bank with you? Because I'd like an answer on where he gets the money to "make things go away". Don't act like we don't know Hatfield and your word is good enough to redeem him. The only thing left which can be redeemed is the removal of Barney E. Hatfield from law enforcement entirely. The City of Kearney can redeem themselves by pursuing this as if it was one of their own, a Kearney mother and son, husband, father, was ripped from their arms because Barney had a hard-on for Bowers (undisputed) and refused to end a chase he never should have been present for. He was off duty and in plain clothes. He heard the Bowers call (and as Mary Bowers states "Barney is coming") he responded just like EVERY other time, coincidence? Nah. He wasn't even dressed to go to the door and represent the City of Kearney's law enforcement in any plausible manner.

Get a clue and don't speak out of turn. Barney's hand was held for the entire week he did not work following that accident. Between the city's local resources such as the fire trucks and every local officer's vehicle as well as Clay County's officers, Barney never spent one guilty minute alone. Sure as hell hope nobody needed assistance during that week. All on duty officers were holding his hand.

Seriously, Hatfield is an absolute blight on KPD's overall respectability in this community and Mayor Dane just looks like a damn idiot and my only regret was that you couldn't see the strings being pulled behind him.

As for what I suggest - I suggest the City of Kearney's political officers and well as the City Administrator and with the input of the community and various precedent setting law enforcement agencies, put in place policies which regulate law enforcement and provide them with clear guidelines on every matter effecting their job performance. I then suggest that there be a civil-community board that reviews infractions, such as beating a 16 year old boy. That report would have never gone away if there were a system in place for checks and measures by this community, ex law enforcement as well as ex-fire and rescue and members of the everyday public.

I SUGGEST someone STOP HIM NOW. If youíre truly close to the family, I SUGGEST
WGWB

Kearney, MO

#13 Feb 4, 2007
I feel deeply for the loss your family has had to endure, but pointing the finger at Asst. Chief Hatfield is not doing their memory any good. You fail to realize that those idiots in that car were evading a police officer. It could have been any officer. You obviously do not know Asst. Chief Hatfield so before you start making accusations you

Really? You know Hatfield and his family? C'mon. If you did you would know that:
a: This is the second fatal accident Hatfield has been responsible for - Death Toll 6
b: Hatfield beat the hell out of a 16 year old on duty and was forced to "make it go away" - WINNER!
c: Hatfield's dog is responsible for 20+ stitches suffered by a civilian. My dog cannot even leave the backyard without being on a leash. His dog (too bad this site doesn't accept photos) is unleashed and parks his ass right in front of the house/front yard. No leash, no chain. Yes, he has been chained but not typically. Barney is proud of this animal. Mine would have been required to be put down by animal control.
d: The records for any of Hatfield's various criminal activities conveniently disappear or are altered.
e: Hatfield leaves his home in the middle of the night off duty (scanner by his head in bed) to go make sure businesses are locked. His wanderings off -duty have forced night patrol to physically stop by and inform him regarding the results of a traffic stop related to the family du jour he his harassing. They go there BECAUSE THEY DON'T WANT HIM TO LEAVE HIS DAMN HOUSE.
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Milwaukee, WI

#14 Feb 5, 2007
Chris wrote:
Cathy,
I feel deeply for the loss your family has had to endure, but pointing the finger at Asst. Chief Hatfield is not doing their memory any good. You fail to realize that those idiots in that car were evading a police officer. It could have been any officer. You obviously do not know Asst. Chief Hatfield so before you start making accusations you need to think about how it possibly affected him and his family. I do know him personally and have the utmost respect for him especially for what happened. Comments like yours give criminals every reason to run. What do you suggest?? We just let them go. Maybe next time there would be more people that get hurt. Is that what you want??
Maybe he should have let the officers use the stop sticks when they offered. The non-initiated pursuit would have ended a lot sooner.
not one of his fans

Milwaukee, WI

#15 Feb 10, 2007
Chris: Many people know of Hatfield's "endearing personality". And, I must say you are one of the very few who like the man -- maybe you're related. He harasses, belittles, and is just plain rude -- and this is on one of his "good" days. He is degrading and a smart ass to people when he has no reason to even be speaking to them. Maybe he thinks his uniform entitles him to treat people badly. You have to earn respect in order to get respect; he does not understand this concept.
Missouri Cop

San Jose, CA

#16 Feb 16, 2007
To set the records straight, yes I am a cop and been one for many years. This entire deal is tragic, but it is not a conspiracy as some claim. I have been following this story and sorry I donít see the cover up. If I am wrong, please point out the facts, not accusations. I think most of the people that view this can see who is credible and who is blowing smoke. Now for a few quick comments about some of the posts:

CATHY WHITE wrote about cops not doing their job by arresting them in the first place. Maybe that is what the cops were trying to do that day, arrest them. Sorry, but if the cops canít catch them that day (yes criminals do escape) then they have to apply for a warrant.

SOMEONE WHO CARES has this same belief about officers not arresting someone with warrants. I think you watch too much TV and need to realize that cops love to arrest the bad guys. Why do you think they became cops? I am sure it was for all the respect that we are shown by the public that we serve or the high paying salaries.

VERY MAD AND UPSET please explain how that officer is self appointed? I am curious about that one. I bet that he had to be appointed or hired by someone.

WE GO WAY BACK you need to find a happy pill and take a handful. I wonít even bother discussing your opinion, but if you want to make a difference get involved in your community in a positive manner, instead of anonymous internet bashing.

OTHER OPTIONS if stop sticks were available and in place, I am sure they would have been used. Often there is not enough time to deploy the sticks, the officers are out of position, or the suspect avoids them. Never in my years have I ever heard of anyone not allowing or not wanting to use stop sticks. Cops want to catch the bad guys.

In closing, something positive needs to come out of this. Maybe the public gets more involved with their local government, police, and legal system. Maybe then that would force people to do their job and take a tough stance on crime. If there was a mandatory five year sentence for any vehicle pursuit, how many vehicle pursuits do you think we would have? They have a similar law with felons with firearms and most of the felons know better then to violate that law.
Very mad and upset

Overland Park, KS

#17 Feb 17, 2007
THe officer is self appointed because he choses to be the be the jerk he is. Again like I said before, he uses his badge to get him the power he thinks he needs. If you have been following this case fromthe begining then you would of listened to the tape whe he refused stop sticks. and contuined the chase when hw thought there was a child in the car. He also thought that Brian Bowers was in the car, Hatfield may be a cop but he is no Police Officer! there is a difference.
http://kshb.dayport.com/launcher/212343 video 1 http://kshb.dayport.com/launcher/212550 video 2
http://www.kctv.com/Global/story.asp... link
Now the video that they say is unedited, look very closly if you are a good Police Officer and investigator you will see something is wrong with this video.

http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news...

Copy all of the link to get to the video. I agree with the sentence but would he serve time or would the judge let him off on probation? and he gets no punishment. where does any one have to pay for there actions. By not stopping to use better judgement.
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Milwaukee, WI

#18 Feb 17, 2007
Missouri Cop: I suggest you watch the video released from that tragic day. If you listen, there are other officers coming over the radio ASKING Officer Hatfield if he wants them to lay down the spikes. He declines. Just watch and listen to the video. It bring a lot about the pursuit to light -- not just with the stop sticks.
Thin blue line

United States

#19 Feb 18, 2007
Watched the video police officer did nothing wrong, Get over it people. The driver of the car should have stopped, he could have stopped anytime and he chose not too. The driver of the car caused the deaths not the Officer.

The Officer did a good job and apeared to be very calm and kept control of his car. If your comunity dosent want him we have an opening at out department and are always looking for great Officers.
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Milwaukee, WI

#20 Feb 18, 2007
Thin blue line wrote:
Watched the video police officer did nothing wrong, Get over it people. The driver of the car should have stopped, he could have stopped anytime and he chose not too. The driver of the car caused the deaths not the Officer.
The Officer did a good job and apeared to be very calm and kept control of his car. If your comunity dosent want him we have an opening at out department and are always looking for great Officers.
I doubt the community and surrounding area(s) will feel the same. He seems to have the same effect on people no matter which town he goes too -- the majority do not care for him or his attitude.

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