Move by Sim Gill is long overdue

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  • Jonathan W. Fink Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 12, 2013 4:45 a.m.

    Finally: Our community is holding Mr. Gill accountable for playing
    both sides off against the middle for so long. From my perspective, Mr.
    Gill has enabled police to engage in wrongful conduct since entering
    office: Specifically, the County District Attorney’s Office has brought
    over 100 cases to Court and dismissed the cases for lack of evidence.

    The only time Mr. Gill seems to speak up is is to deflect blame and
    legitimate criticism away himself. With Mr. Gill, the mistakes of his
    office always seem to be the fault of someone else: Sometimes the
    police, sometimes the alleged perpetrator; and, sometimes, as horrible
    as it is, the actual victim.

    County District Attorney Gill would serve himself well if he were more often to remember the promises that Candidate Gill made.

  • JayTee Sandy, UT
    Aug. 11, 2013 12:55 p.m.

    As we finally hear more about the killing of Danielle Willard by two West Valley City cops last November, expect to hear the defense continue to harp on the tired old "vehicle was a weapon" theme for the duration.

    Let me ask you this: If you're in a mall or supermarket parking lot and you see a driver behind the wheel of a running vehicle, and particularly if you think that driver might be desperate, impaired, geriatric, juvenile, etc. . . . would you be fool enough to place yourself in the probable path of that vehicle? And assuming you were for some reason in the probable path of that vehicle when it started moving, wouldn't your first logical defensive action be to quickly remove yourself from the probable path of that vehicle? And if you were for some reason unsuccessful in removing yourself from the path of the moving vehicle and you were therefore impacted to some degree by that vehicle (or thought you might be), would you then be justified in firing upon and killing the driver of that vehicle?

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 10, 2013 4:18 p.m.

    Two Detectives on a small user possible buy with a young girl,does't require a bullet in the back of the brain. Maybe should have stepped aside and called for uniformed officers. Maybe obtained an arrest warrant.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 10, 2013 2:14 p.m.

    People in the military sometimes shoot when they didn't need to as well. We need to be careful about second-guessing every move of the people who spend every day of their life trying to protect ours.

    The police make mistakes at times no doubt.... they aren't perfect. It would be nice if we didn't buy drugs (so the police don't get called in the first place). It would be nice if we didn't slam the car in reverse and drive recklessly (if not offensively) when confronted by the police. It would be nice if we didn't even put the police in the position where they have to decide whether to shoot or not.

    I don't think the went there looking for somebody to shoot. I think they wish everything that happened that night didn't happen.

    I know police officers feel terrible ANY time they have to use deadly force. It usually takes a lot to get two officers afraid enough that they pull their gun, much less discharges it. Check the numbers... it's pretty rare.

  • Sal Provo, UT
    Aug. 10, 2013 12:43 a.m.

    The girl is at fault, too, for not obeying the police when they told her to get out of the car. Crazy to try to drive off.