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Letter | Myrtle Beach police chief’s appalling ‘don’t be the spark’ comments

Myrtle Beach Police Chief Warren Gall
Myrtle Beach Police Chief Warren Gall

POLICING

Chief’s ‘don’t be the spark’ comments appalling

I am a retired New York police officer now living in Myrtle Beach.

I just read your headline story on the Atlantic Beach Memorial Day Bikefest about Myrtle Beach Police Chief Warren Gall’s warning to visiting police officers.

To say I am appalled is an understatement.

His words: “Don't be the spark,” you might get some negative words, you might get threatened, you might even get assaulted, then tells them be patient and professional; in other words, do nothing.

In my 20 plus years in law enforcement, I would never allow myself or a fellow officer to be assaulted and stand down.

I would have stood up wished the chief good luck with Bikefest, then left the room and went home.

William Dalton

Myrtle Beach

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