Editorial board questions law enforcement effectivenessWhen the Skiff staff trickled into the newsroom for work Monday morning, stories about their cars, and other cars on campus, sporting the phrase “I Heart SMU,” led the editors to see a need for a story on the event.
A reporter was placed on the story around noon and TCU Police informed our reporter that no such vandalism was reported over the weekend.
As it turned out, our own advertising manager had called the campus police to inform them about the vandalism at about 10:30 a.m. Saturday. With this information, the campus police allowed another reporter to come and listen to the call logs, and, sure enough, there was the call.
While the vandalism that occurred was minor in every sense of the word, the fact that the campus police knew about what happened and took no action was troubling. Even worse, how could so many cases of window corruption go unnoticed for so long?
The words, which brought the need for this story to fruition, came at about 4:30 p.m. when we were told by a police sergeant that there was now an ongoing investigation, and the police could not comment.
“We are investigating based on the information you provided us,” TCU Police Sgt. Kelly Ham told our reporter.
At 5 p.m., Assistant TCU Police Chief J.C. Williams called to sort out the confusion and informed us that an officer had seen the results of the attack, but had not seen the perpetrators.
While the Skiff was certainly relieved to hear that someone was watching, the fact that so many cars were hit before anyone noticed is unsettling. The mixed response from the TCU Police has only added to our feeling of unease.
Opinion Editor Brian Chatman for the Editorial Board