Letter: GPD followed industry-standard practices in apprehending Bradley
July 18, 2022
Dear Sir or Madam:
It was reported in the Sun on Monday that Terrell Bradley lost his right eye as a result of a “routine traffic stop gone awry.” GPD was doing their job stopping his vehicle for a traffic violation. Bradley fled after drugs were detected, and then it was determined that he was a convicted felon who was in possession of a stolen firearm. The appropriate tool to track and apprehend felony suspects is a police K-9. It was Bradley’s decision to commit crimes, run from the police, and resist apprehension that resulted in the dog bite and his injuries. Had it been a “routine traffic stop,” then he would have gotten a ticket for a traffic violation and been released. Nothing “went awry” – GPD followed industry-standard practices to apprehend the fleeing felon.
Violent crime is up in the City of Gainesville and Alachua County, and Terrell Bradley needed to go to jail. If a person doesn’t want to get arrested or injured, then don’t commit crimes, carry stolen guns, and run from the police. Law-abiding citizens are not concerned with family members or protesters who speak out against law enforcement. This is what we pay the police to do.
Captain Ed Van Winkle (retired) Alachua, Florida
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