Published: Saturday, Aug. 10 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT
The girl is at fault, too, for not obeying the police when they told her to get
out of the car. Crazy to try to drive off.
People in the military sometimes shoot when they didn't need to as well.
We need to be careful about second-guessing every move of the people who spend
every day of their life trying to protect ours. The police make
mistakes at times no doubt.... they aren't perfect. It would be nice if
we didn't buy drugs (so the police don't get called in the first
place). It would be nice if we didn't slam the car in reverse and drive
recklessly (if not offensively) when confronted by the police. It would be
nice if we didn't even put the police in the position where they have to
decide whether to shoot or not.I don't think the went there
looking for somebody to shoot. I think they wish everything that happened that
night didn't happen. I know police officers feel terrible ANY
time they have to use deadly force. It usually takes a lot to get two officers
afraid enough that they pull their gun, much less discharges it. Check the
numbers... it's pretty rare.
Two Detectives on a small user possible buy with a young girl,does't
require a bullet in the back of the brain. Maybe should have stepped aside and
called for uniformed officers. Maybe obtained an arrest warrant.
As we finally hear more about the killing of Danielle Willard by two West Valley
City cops last November, expect to hear the defense continue to harp on the
tired old "vehicle was a weapon" theme for the duration. Let
me ask you this: If you're in a mall or supermarket parking lot and you
see a driver behind the wheel of a running vehicle, and particularly if you
think that driver might be desperate, impaired, geriatric, juvenile, etc. . . .
would you be fool enough to place yourself in the probable path of that vehicle?
And assuming you were for some reason in the probable path of that vehicle when
it started moving, wouldn't your first logical defensive action be to
quickly remove yourself from the probable path of that vehicle? And if you were
for some reason unsuccessful in removing yourself from the path of the moving
vehicle and you were therefore impacted to some degree by that vehicle (or
thought you might be), would you then be justified in firing upon and killing
the driver of that vehicle?
Finally: Our community is holding Mr. Gill accountable for playingboth
sides off against the middle for so long. From my perspective, Mr.Gill has
enabled police to engage in wrongful conduct since enteringoffice:
Specifically, the County District Attorney’s Office has broughtover
100 cases to Court and dismissed the cases for lack of evidence.The
only time Mr. Gill seems to speak up is is to deflect blame andlegitimate
criticism away himself. With Mr. Gill, the mistakes of hisoffice always
seem to be the fault of someone else: Sometimes thepolice, sometimes the
alleged perpetrator; and, sometimes, as horribleas it is, the actual
victim.County District Attorney Gill would serve himself well if he
were more often to remember the promises that Candidate Gill made.
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