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Published: Wednesday, Oct. 31 2012 8:54 p.m. MDT

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md
Cache, UT

He deserves the death penalty. Of course, his fellow pot-heads protesting this action will disagree. However, the family of the slain officer deserve justice to be served.

Brahmabull
sandy, ut

How can anybody defend this guy? If he wasn't growing pot in his basement illegally, he would never have had reason to think he was being robbed (so he claims). It was his actions that caused all of this. It is not the fault of the police that he was growing weed. They were just doing their job. The only ones that will support him are others who do illegal stuff and like to get away with it.

procuradorfiscal
Tooele, UT

This criminal has, not the slightest justification for his heinous crimes. Anyone bleating support for his inhuman, inexcusable acts, acts of extreme violence that left scores of innocents bereft, is an advocate for corruption, partiality, and the rule of man, not law.

It would be a step way, WAY back to excuse or justify, in the slightest degree, any action of this unrepentant miscreant, particularly since non-family sentiment in his favor is limited to those who would do exactly as he did to protect their favored vice or illicit income from it.

Flashback
Kearns, UT

In this case, love is most definately blind, and a whole host of other things that if I list them the D News won't put this comment on the site.

He's a scapegoat? Hardly. He knew just what was up and his actions and behavior during and after the shooting convince me that he knew what was up and who was kicking in his door.

YGradFan
CENTERVILLE, UT

I can understand his family wanting to support him during a tough time like this. But to actually attempt to justify his actions and try to push the blame back onto law enforcement is just plain ridiculous. I don't care if he was confused or whether he thought someone was trying to break in (which I don't believe at all), there is no justification for this type of retaliation.

What about the law enforcement and their families? If anything, the family should be showing every ounce of sympathy and support they can muster to the fallen and wounded officers and their families. Not sit there trying to justify why their son killed or injured the officers.

On the other hand
Riverdale, MD

I can't fault Stewart's family for being in his corner. That's what families are supposed to do. And I agree with them that Stewart deserves his day in court. But I can't imagine what Stewart or his lawyer or an army of expert witnesses could possibly say that would exonerate him. Surely he knew that it was illegal to grow marijuana. Surely he knew, or could have figured out if he were sober, that the folks breaking his door down and searching his house were police officers. On some level, he must have understood the serious consequences that he'd face by gunning down the police. He deserves his day in court, but no one should be surprised if the court determines that he deserves to die or to spend the rest of his life in prison.

dotGone
Puyallup, WA

We've had this too often in our community also - criminals who shoot officers down, even through their clothing that clearly identifies them as officers of the law, and after their shouted warnings identify themselves, as in the case of John Bananola in WA state (and others, sadly). It's devastating for the community and the criminal's "excuses" are the same, claiming that they are the victims. Our hearts go out to the families, and we never forget their sacrifices. Justice must be served. Criminals need to know they will be punished and any family members who help them evade justice will also face justice as in the case of the Lakewood Four in Washington State. The punishment should be so swift and sure to severely discourage any assault on Peace Officers.

Happy Valley Heretic
Orem, UT

Police make mistakes, these no knock warrants are dangerous.
If he was growing several plants of pot he is not going to be able to flush the evidence away.

What about the old lady who's door was just kicked in last week if the room was darkend and she had reached for her glasses it could have been fatal to someone who was completely innocent.

The war on drugs is what has increased the violence.

Dressed in black like ninjas making lots of noise maybe even percussion grenades makes a lot of confusion not a controlled operation. I'm surprised this doesn't happen more often.

Bruce A. Frank
San Jose, CA

He is not a victim of the "War on Drugs!" He is a murderer. A law breaking zealot who had pre-planned taking out as many police as possible when his illegal business was eventually raided. I am appalled that there are demonstrators on the street supporting this criminal.

bslack
Draper, UT

We all know police can make mistakes, but this situation is not one of them. Stewart knew exactly who was in his house and he was determined to get them out. I believe the Stewart family should support him, but they don't have to buy into his actions and place the blame elsewhere. I would bet that if I don't have a pot growing operation in my basement, I will not have the police knocking down my door 99.9% of the time.

Rifleman
Salt Lake City, Utah

Re: Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
"Police make mistakes ..."

Yes, but that doesn't stop people from calling 911 and begging for them to hurry when their life is on the line.

We have zero tolerance for drugs in Utah and those who feel otherwise are certainly free to move to states where they put up with that kind of thing.

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