It seems there is proof the alleged suicide weapon belonged to the driver and
friend of the victim. As such, there was definitely a connection, even though
the family contended there wasn't. Also, the driver being pursued was
not an official reservation member according this article, which should've
made it legal for the police to continue in hot pursuit.Another
interesting twist, the victim's family didn't actually file a lawsuit
until over a year after they indicated they might do so, and only did so after
finding out the gun (evidence) involved had been destroyed (thru legal channels
and process), which obviously made it appear easier to win the case and be
awarded a lot of money by a jury.
Wow, 'nuff said, toosmart. That's a good objective summation...Except that having a drug-impeded mind can cause all sorts of irrational
behavior and reactions. I'm hoping for the integrity of the
police, because this is not shut-and-closed. No gun, left-sided bullet entry by
a right-hander, weird handling of body post-mortum... Let's hope the
resolution does no further damage to Ute-Gringo relations. We've had our
John D. Lee conspiracies thoroughly impugned.
I know Native Americans have had a tough time from the government ever since
Plymouth Rock. But it seems to me, if tribal members don't want
heavy-handed law enforcement, their members shouldn't do the crime. Going
110 mph through a town? That would get any person in trouble, regardless of
their race. The innocent have no reason to flee.