I am happy for the officer. Get well soon! On the other hand, however, I
am troubled by the information blockade regarding the circumstances of the case.
This may suggest cooking up a version favorable to the authorities, rather than
simply reflecting the truth.
Capital punishment isn't exactly a blaze of glory.
Boy the Ogden Police are sure trying this guy without the courts, using the
media, as their lap dogs.
Now that some of the public information is coming out, I don't think a capital
murder charge is an over-filing. Seems to be very deserving & called for in
this instance. Appears that this yahoo was definitely lying in wait to open fire
and keep on opening fire on any and all cops who were in and around his home. A
cowardly act to protect a basement full of pot? My word!
Just goes to show you how one man can hold out against a number of police with
just a simple semiautomatic 9mm, if properly trained. They're lucky he didn't
have a 40 caliber something or like an FN-56. Had he had an assault rifle he
would have probably killed them all. Maybe they need to reevaluate how and why
they serve warrants like these. And yeah, what's with the lack of information
about this whole episode. It seems like they're working hard to keep information
If, as the warrant said, that the suspect was to "go out in a blaze of
glory and shoot to kill" if police entered his home, why in heaven's name
would this tactical team do exactly what would provoke such dangerous results?
Did we have to lose life just to prove the suspect's point? Why
wasn't the suspect arrested without incident at Wal-Mart where he worked without
firepower for a simple illegal possession of a controlled substance instead of
1st degree murder. The plants could have been confiscated safely after the
arrest. End of story. Why do the police have to make things so
difficult? Is a large show of force always necessary?
We need to rethink our whole drug enforcement effort. It isn't working and it is
clogging our jails and prisons with expensive inmates, money that could go to
more productive purposes.I suggested here before that the government
provide drugs in a clinical setting to people who have to have them, this would
put the drug gangs out of business, in addition it would take away any peer
pressure and the fun factor to take drugs.People would no longer
commit crimes to get drug money. Drug gangs would suffer a major blow. Our
children and vulnerable adults would no longer be able to go to parties and be
able to get drugs there, which very likely means they wouldn't get hooked in the
first place.Don't like this idea? What would you suggest?
Happy Valley Heretic: Your post suggests that it matches your
"Name"really well -- Sort of what is called intellectual 'Slumming