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Community Members Say Officer Bob Owings is a Hazard for Salem ResidentsSalem-News.com
Salem-News.com made an effort to reach the chief of Salem Police for an interview. Salem Police Lt. Dave Okada says the chief declined the opportunity as there is an investigation into the officer's actions.
(SALEM) - Salem Police Officer Bob Owings has a temper. We all saw the video last week of Owings tasering a young man with Asperger's Syndrome, it wasn't cool. Owings has been making a name for himself on the Salem downtown beat, the taser incident is just the latest bout of reported violence from this man who could potentially target anyone he doesn't like. (see: Tasering Taxpayers to Death in Salem)
Police are not supposed to operate with bias. They aren't supposed to express blatant prejudice toward, for example, Native American children.
Yet a quick search of his name on Google brings up this quote:
One Salem resident recalls seeing Owings target a person downtown, who had apparently shoplifted from a local store.
Salem-News.com made an effort to reach the chief of Salem Police for an interview. Salem Police Lt. Dave Okada says the chief declined the opportunity as there is an investigation into the officer's actions. We made the point that it would be a good time for Police Chief Gerry Moore to take a stand and tell the community he does not approve of officers being so prone to violence toward our young people. It would have been good for the Chief to share his thoughts.
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