LETTER TO THE EDITOR: ‘I Too Feel That Burien Is Rapidly Changing…’
To The Editor of the B-Town Blog
I too feel that Burien is rapidly changing.
On August 28th at 7 p.m., I was driving my convertible eastbound on 152nd, approaching Ambaum when an angry drunk man hurled something and hit me in the head. I pulled over and called 911. I observed the man stumble around the downtown area for the next 45 minutes while waiting for the Deputies to arrive. I called 911 three times to update them on my location and I was scolded for calling back. I was told that they are “very busy”.
When the Deputies arrived, they talked to him, but decided to let him go to wander the streets of Burien in his extremely drunken and angry state. I questioned this and reminded the Deputies that he threw something at me while I was driving and hit me in the head. They yelled at him by name and said “this time, you’re going to the hospital”.
At no time during my interaction with the Dispatchers or Deputies was I treated with sensitivity. I just had something thrown at me and was hit in the head while driving. I was scolded and told how ‘busy’ they were. He was not charged with a crime.
I followed up with the Sheriff’s Department the following day. The officer who followed up with me said that it would only be a crime if I was injured or my car was damaged. So, as far as I know, this incident remains undocumented as if it never happened.
I discussed this with a retired Seattle Police Officer, who said there are a number of crimes that he could have possibly have been charged with, such as Reckless Endangerment.
This happened four blocks from my home. Although they are courteous, the attitude from Deputies seems to be that ‘this is a rough area’. I am not willing to lower my standards of safety, nor am I satisfied with the response to this incident.
– Susan Lee
EDITOR’S NOTE: Below is a photo Susan included with her letter of the ‘angry drunk man’ she encountered:
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