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Published: Sunday, Sept. 8 2013 8:20 p.m. MDT

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K
Mchenry, IL

How is another gunshot victim at the scene held accountable for failing to recall events and articulate them properly. She was shot. Medical issues already. Who knows if her injuries and trauma from the shooting influencing her recollection of the events that took place properly. Most people who aren't shot or injured at a crime scene make lousy witness. Anyone can pick the wrong person out of a line up, multiple people present give variants of the same story.

Do they think she shot anyone? Did they arrest her cause she was homeless?

RBN
Salt Lake City, UT

K asks excellent questions. Obstruction of justice has become a catchall for cops that want to arrest you, but have no idea of the charges that should be filed.

alta/snowbird
cottonwood heights, UT

She may have been arrested for a valid reason. Nobody knows which person shot the policeman for certain. Also, it would make it easier for the police if she testifies against her boyfriend if he was the one who did it. He does not sound like much of a boyfriend to me.

DN Subscriber 2
SLC, UT

Sorry, this excessive sympathy jost does not work for me.

Yes, she was shot by the boyfriend, so she is a victim of that assault. However, it is entirely possible that she was an accomplice in the boyfriend's reported quest to kill a cop, or other criminal actions.

Let the investigation and facts play out before anyone runs off on conspiracy theories that somehow she is a victim of some sort of misconduct by the cops. Maybe she was in cahoots with the (alleged) killer all the way, or maybe totally surprised by all the events. Wait and see.

Mayfair
City, Ut

I tend to side with sympathy after seeing her pictures in the DesNews yesterday and today, and after reading this account from her lawyer. She clearly seems like someone to whom life has not been as kind and who ended up in less than ideal circumstances in her life, thereby leading her to be present in that car, on that morning.

Still have my mind on the family and friends of the policeman who died--and now on this woman who seems a victim in this whole thing, and a victim of other things in life too.

Sad there is no way to ever successfully, completely, permanently remove all guns and all weapons of any kind from those of compromised moral or mental status.That would cure so much in the world.

DC
Alexandria, VA

I see what you did there, DNews. Public eye...

RBN
Salt Lake City, UT

So let's see. Arrest first, ask questions later?

kolob1
sandy, UT

The lady was arrested because:
1) She didn't tell the cops what they wanted to hear
2) The cops wanted to remind her that the cops are running this show not her or her lawyer
3) The cops wanted to get as much as they could out of her before she was medically qualified
to ask for an attorney. Ergo: no family, no TV, no lawyer !

Justice in Zion.

K
Mchenry, IL

She was arrested relating to this event. Not another event. They didnt pull up to a police station so how could it have been a premeditated act to kill a cop?

They have forensics on the weapon and the trajectory of the bullets. They would have a certainty of what happened even if none of them recovered.

Eliyahu
Pleasant Grove, UT

@DN Subscriber2:
"Sorry, this excessive sympathy jost [sic] does not work for me."

How much sympathy is "excessive"? There is absolutely no evidence (at least none that has been released to the public) that she is anything more than a victim here. No one connected to the case has suggested that she encouraged, aided, abetted or otherwise had any part in the shooting except for being in the car and being one of the people who was shot. She was shot by someone she trusted and cared for. Life has not been kind to her, and her experiences may have led her to be less than fully trusting of the police, which could easily explain why she has been less than fully forthcoming with information to them.

Personally, when I someday stand before a heavenly court, I would rather explain why I was too forgiving and sympathetic to strangers than to explain why I was so harsh and judgmental. We may, after all, be judged by the standards we use here to judge others.

Confused in AZ
Chandler, AZ

I find it hard to EVER feel sorry for a doper who gets into even more trouble. Obviously, she had a decent enough life (according to her pictures before and after) until she CHOSE to do drugs and associate with others who also CHOSE that life style. Cop Killers do not deserve any sympathy- whether she pulled the trigger , herself, or not. She was there. That is enough. Questioning someone on pain killers is a bit like spitting into the wind isn't it? Wait until she is off all pain meds and maybe her version of the "truth" will be told. If she does, indeed, know the truth from fiction.

podunk utah
DRAPER, UT

showing before and after pictures (before drugs, after drugs) should be a requirement for all high school seniors in Utah, a few pictures is worth a million words in this case

casual observer
Salt Lake City, UT

Those critical of the police should read previous states made by them. They do not have all of the facts yet and making judgments on incomplete evidence is not wise for either the police or the public.

DrGroovey
Salt Lake City, UT

@ DN Subscriber 2

You say, "However, it is entirely possible that she was an accomplice in the boyfriend's reported quest to kill a cop, or other criminal actions."

Yes, that is possible. It is also possible that spacemen flew down and sprinkled pixy dust on her and made her fly.

Our system of justice is based on facts and evidence. It is wrong to arrest someone based on a "possibility" without evidence. The police need to slow down and not let their emotions control how this investigation goes. I would hate to see a cop killer walk because other officers where too quick to arrest witnesses and thus screw up the whole case.

Frankness
TALLAHASSEE, FL

Hey! I don't know about this incident but this is a pretty unflattering picture to post on the desert news headlines of this person. As a church affiliated publication, I think persons with disabilities Wouldnt appreciate such a reference. I think we can be a little more sensitive and discrete, though this situation appears pretty dire.

Lots of people suffer and face bullying from their condition in strabismus.I offer my best respect to you.

wazzup
Cottonwood Heights, UT

$500,000 bail because her stories didn't match? After being shot, who in their right mind would have the presence to know what exactly happened. She is the second/first victim of this guy.

Unbelievable. sounds like she's been through enough. Let her heal with her family. You can still interrogate her but charging for obstructing justice and that huge bail...after she was shot, C'mon law enforcement. Use some judgment and wisdom!

I feel horrible for the officer's family but don't take it out on her.

K
Mchenry, IL

Confused in AZ, she has a medical condition and that is why she looks so different. I dont doubt drug use, as too many conditions in this country are not under control and the sufferers self medicate far too often. If she was arrested because drugs were found in her system that would be something else. I will say this. If I were shot I'd like pain killers. Good question if the police asked if the effects were worn off before they started to interview her? Could be part of the reason her story changed? Some of the interviews she was in pain killers, some not. Or maybe she was still tramatized from being shot? I have never been shot and have no idea how I would react. I would hate to be a victim of a crime where an officer was killed. They have the guy that pulled the trigger. Justice will be served for the murder of an on duty officer.

oldschooler
USA, TX

Juss to clarify: The reson she is not exposed to media nd family is becuse that is the easiest way to avoid any influences on a declaration, it is a lot easier for a person the tell things right when there is no other factors that interfere with the real story, PD is doing its job, it is not their fault most civilians are ignorant in invetigation procedures, the truth will come out soon.

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