Cops debate giving tribal police authority over non-Indians

Jan 19, 2008 Full story: Tacoma News Tribune 17

“We would like law enforcement to be responsive to elected officials.”

A proposed law that would give tribal police officers full arrest authority over non-Indians has split Washington's law enforcement community. via Tacoma News Tribune

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Mother

Lynnwood, WA

#1 Jan 21, 2008
The Washington Assoication of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs voted in favor of this bill. It allows tribal police to go through the same requirements as other police (background check, psychological exam, etc.). In return, they will be considered by the state in the same way. This means if a tribal police officer responds to a rape crime of a native on the reservation and determines the perpetrator is a non-native, their evidence will be admitable in court. Currently, it is not.

As a parent, it is hard to hear stories of native women who have been attacked. I am not native. However, I feel we all deserve equal rights.

Thank you for listening.
the truth

United States

#2 Apr 1, 2008
How do you know tribal officer's haven't been through such training requirements already? Don't tribal officer's already have this authority anyways, well atleast not recognized by the state, but it's called federal jurisdiction. Most reservation's are bullied into believing there below the states laws. As a parent myself it's hard to hear of any attacks off or on the reservation!! Everthing is to equal were all at a stand still!!
Southside Gang Member

Washington, DC

#3 Apr 6, 2008
I have news to you american lady that the gangs will rule the streets everywhere this summer and if you got a problem with that lady, you can move to Canada where is cold.
Victimized

United States

#4 Apr 7, 2008
In regards to giving Puyallup tribal police authority over non-tribal members is ridculous. I am at this time fighting them for an illegal arrest. They arrested my brother for DWI even though he passed 2 breathelizer tests. Towed my car, made me pay 300.00 to get my car out of tow even though I was present. attempted to force me to walk approximately 15 miles at 9:30 at night. I am a 50 years old female. I definately would call this reckless endangerment. Did I mention they also took my house keys and would not return them I had to get them from a tow truck driver the next day. I was left with no car and no way to enter my home until the next day. Tacoma Police department freed my brother as there was no crime committed. My sister-law and I have tried to no avail to contact the puyallup police only to have the phone hung up our my faces. So is this the type of police force that should be governing our citizens. Not mention the history of child sexual abuse, rape and embezzlement that has plaugued this department for years.
Wow

United States

#5 Apr 7, 2008
To: Victimized. I too suffered a simular experience on the Puyallup tribe's reservation. I had taken my elderly mother to dinner at a casino restaurant. Upon leaving I was also accused of drinking and driving. I too past all test administered. My car was also towed at my expense except in my case it cost me close to $500.00 to get my car out. They also left my 84 year old mother on the side of the road with no transportation. She had only been in this country 1 day. Fortunately a citizen picked my mother up and brought her to the Tacoma police department were she waited until my release without charges. This police department is dangerous. They really need to be stopped.
Tribal Police Officer

United States

#6 May 31, 2008
I've seen alot of non-natives let go for crimes that most individuals would have been arrested for on non-tribal land, including DUI's. To the last 2 posters- Sorry for your experience, but know that this happens everywhere not just on reservations. It is up to the officer's discretion. If the officer feels the driver is not safe to drive then the car can be impounded.
cindy

Kent, WA

#7 Jun 22, 2008
Victimized wrote:
In regards to giving Puyallup tribal police authority over non-tribal members is ridculous. I am at this time fighting them for an illegal arrest. They arrested my brother for DWI even though he passed 2 breathelizer tests. Towed my car, made me pay 300.00 to get my car out of tow even though I was present. attempted to force me to walk approximately 15 miles at 9:30 at night. I am a 50 years old female. I definately would call this reckless endangerment. Did I mention they also took my house keys and would not return them I had to get them from a tow truck driver the next day. I was left with no car and no way to enter my home until the next day. Tacoma Police department freed my brother as there was no crime committed. My sister-law and I have tried to no avail to contact the puyallup police only to have the phone hung up our my faces. So is this the type of police force that should be governing our citizens. Not mention the history of child sexual abuse, rape and embezzlement that has plaugued this department for years.
I also was arrested on tribal land and spent the night in pierce co jail. We need to address this. Possible lawsuit? cbkourk@yahoo.com
cindy

Kent, WA

#8 Jun 22, 2008
I was also arrested on tribal land and spent the night in Pierce Co jail. We need to let the public know about this gross injustice. Possible lawsuit and let's inform the public! cbkourk@yahoo.com Help me help you and all non-tribal people
Puyallup Nation SUCKS

Bellevue, WA

#9 Jul 1, 2008
that damn tribe commits more crimes that most!!!
How bout the Fish and Wildlife dept step up the game and catch these salmon poachers. They have there nets in the river 7 days a week as the Puyallup Nation Police, look the other way!
Native but Equal Rights

College Park, MD

#10 Jul 9, 2008
I am sorry for this injustice, but this should not be non-tribal against tribal people. This should be equal rights, regular police officers don't always do the right thing, and it seems to be like this for those police officers, we are not all like that
Realistic

Tacoma, WA

#11 Jul 28, 2008
Sounds like some people shouldnt be drinking and driving.....
Realist

Tacoma, WA

#12 Aug 25, 2008
So are you thinking you can go to the Puyallup Reservation or any Reservation and not pay for your consequences? Do you think this only happens by the tribal police. I have news for you I was arrested by highway patrol in Fife, blew under and suffered the same consequences you guys have. Look at the big picture, its all over America! Anyways thier are always 2 sides to every story, those of you telling your stories probly have more to them than being disclosed. Get real and quit feeling sorry for yourself.
acdcfan85

Oklahoma City, OK

#13 Mar 31, 2010
The way I see it is if you are a trained law enforcement officer you should be justified in upholding and enforcing the law no matter where you are standing. Tribal Officer, Cop, County Mounty, Popo, Federal Agent, etc...whatever you want to call them, they are all .... LAW...ENFORCEMENT..OFFICERS!! They are to enforce the law of the land no matter whose land!
former Tribal LEO

Lawrence, KS

#14 Dec 8, 2010
if the officer felt that you where unfit to drive there had to be a reason
One Way Street

Charlotte, NC

#15 Nov 26, 2011
The problem with this is that the tribes won't allow others onto tribal land to enforce the law. Fugitives routinely hide out on tribal land because the tribal police hide them. Where is the oversight? Who is accountable? These are the problems. Sure, the same types of things happen off tribal land as well, but off tribal land there is a system that, as bad as it is, offers some oversight and repercussions to officers that over-step the constitution.

If the tribes want to be a sovereign nation, fine, stay on the res and we can stay off. No more casinos, no more WIC, etc... If that isn't acceptable, fine, fugitives can be arrested by anyone that can be arrested under federal law, repo men can come repo cars form the reservation, and tribal police departments are liable for civil and criminal charges for false arrest.

Fair is fair.
spanaways finest

United States

#16 Dec 2, 2011
The only problem with giving tribal officers full state commissions is that the way the tribe hires peace officers is a little different then the way most agencies hire...the trinket council has full authority over the tribal police officers...and choosing tribal leaders is a strange process
Andrew

Kennewick, WA

#17 Feb 4, 2012
Screw that cousin!

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