Switcharoo,The investigation decided the shooting was "Not
Justified". That doesn't automatically mean it was "Criminal".
Sim Gill said exactly that when he made the announcement. Whether their
actions were "Criminal" or not still needs to be determined (not by
you).The way it works is... IF it was found to be
"Justified"... the case would be over. However It was not
determined to be "Justified", so more investigation is needed. But it
doesn't automatically mean they are "Guilty". They aren't in
jail. IF the "not justified" finding was a guilty verdict... they
would be serving their sentence right now. All "not justified" means
is, the officers were not covered by the rules, so now they need to look closer
to SEE if they think something criminal happened in that parking lot that
night.Its FAR from over.Gill didn't say they lied.
He said they were not behind the car when they shot. He didn't say they
were never behind the car. They say they were behind the car when she started
backing up, but her backing up may have put them NEXT to the car. That makes
some sense to me.
The investigation already decided the shooting wasn't warranted 2 bits. Her
car was not near the officers and they lied to try to cover it up.The gut trigger happy and lied. End.
I think we all have sympathy for her and her family. I think even the officers
have sympathy for her and her family. But that doesn't mean the officers
were criminals. Maybe they over-reacted, but have YOU ever been in that
situation? So how do you know how YOU would have reacted?I think we
need to remember to "Judge not". I'm pretty sure these
officers are going to get judged a LOT (by people who's job it is to judge
them). That means WE don't need to appoint ourselves as their judges and
judge them based on letters to the editor, one-sided information, rumors, and
exaggerated stories you may get from some people who's minds are already
made up.Gill did his job. It needs to proceed from there (and that
doesn't mean directly to the court of self-appointed judges and judgement
in the opinion section).
Thank you very much Margaret Peterson for the letter in the Deseret News. I do
believe people are using this for political gain and it makes me sad to know
that people can stoop that low. She is not just an article or just another
statistic. She was a daughter, a sister, and to many people a really good