Port Arthur Police Association responds to councilman's behavior at crash scene
The Port Arthur Police Association is responding to a councilman's behavior at an accident scene last weekend.
Councilman Thomas Kinlaw has apologized for yelling at police officers and firefighters. A fireman caught Kinlaw's outburst on his helmet camera.
Kinlaw's daughter had been injured in a crash caused by two cars racing.
The video shows the councilman arriving to check on his daughter and parking in the wreck scene.
First responders asked him to move his truck. That's when Kinlaw got confrontational and told them he was going to report them to their chiefs.
The Port Arthur Police Association on Friday released a statement saying Kinlaw's concern for his daughter is totally understandable. His arrogance, ignorance of state laws and apparent lack of respect for first responders is not, according to the association.
The statement goes on to say rather than identifying himself as a councilman and family member of a person involved, he walked past first responders and entered the ambulance.
"Mr. Kinlaw completely ignored several first responders who were trying to simply identify him, his intentions, and the reason he parked a vehicle in the debris field of an active crash scene, the statement says. "Rather than identifying himself as a Councilman and family member of a person involved, he walked past first responders and entered the ambulance. When police officers are purposely and intentionally ignored, we become concerned. In this situation, officers became concerned with this unknown man walking through crash debris and refusing to answer simple questions. In addition, he refused to move his truck and his non-compliance obstructed our investigation."
Read the statement in its entirety here.