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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.