RIP to this officer. I have no idea why this Officer attempted to handle this by
himself without backup. Even me as a very part time Security Officer won't
do anything without backup.
@ImABelieverBackup can take a lot of time to arrive. He had no
reason to suspect that he was approaching a dangerous situation, and sometimes
waiting for backup can make a bad situation worse (such as a violent felony in
progress, i.e. someone in the process of being killed). Only the biggest cities
put two officers to a car anymore. Utah PD's do not have the budget for
This brave officer's aunt is my friend and neighbor and she and her family
are just devasted by this senseless act. It's a shame that the person who
pulled the trigger didn't that not only was he an officer but also a
husband and father.
"Randy Johnson said his son’s approach to law enforcement was to treat
people with respect. He said his son would say, “Even if people are in a
compromised position or have done something potentially wrong, if I treat people
with respect, I’ll receive that respect.”Sadly, this
officer likely paid the price for those law enforcement officers who don't
live by this credo. The seeds of disdain are not sown in busts or arrests, but
in everyday encounters when innocent citizens are met with arrogance and
suspicion. It creates a culture of distrust.May Officer Johnson rest
in peace. He was one of the good ones.
Very good reporting. However, I am apprehensive about the "targeting of a
uniformed officer". So Far, these individuals are labeled as
"transients". There are groups on the landscape who wish to blame
"the thin blue line" as a symbol and protector of the ills of society.
Note to Sherriff:If you and no one else has interviewed the suspects yet
and they left no notes or indications as to motive, I suggest stating your
uninformed opinion is one of the dumbest moves you can make in regards to being
a Public figure. Let your PIO (public information officer) do that job, he
doesn't have a political stake in it and is trained not to say dumb things.
Express your heartfelt condolences, your trust in your officers and your
peoples desire to serve to the best of their ability and leave it at that.
Note to SLCWatch:You have no idea what the sheriff knows and what he
doesn't. You have zero information to determine rather this is his opinion,
or rather it is based on something else. I, personally, believe that he must
have some basis for making this comment, and that he's not just speaking
out of school. It's a rather specific claim, that the shooter wanted to
kill a uniformed officer in a marked vehicle. I doubt the sheriff is just making
that up. While it is true that the suspect has not been
"interviewed" that does not mean the police have done no investigating.
Interviewing a suspect has a very definite meaning for police; it does not mean
that the suspect, if conscious when police arrived, did not make a statement. He
very well could have said that's what his intent was, and it wouldn't,
necessarily, be considered an interview. Also his wife could have said this. Of
there might have been notes or documents that said this. Or people that knew the
suspects, and most likely have been interviewed by now, could have said it. Oh well, who knows?