Sympathy for Danielle Willard's family

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  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 17, 2013 6:22 p.m.

    The investigation decided the shooting was "Not Justified". That doesn't automatically mean it was "Criminal". Sim Gill said exactly that when he made the announcement. Whether their actions were "Criminal" or not still needs to be determined (not by you).

    The way it works is... IF it was found to be "Justified"... the case would be over.

    However It was not determined to be "Justified", so more investigation is needed. But it doesn't automatically mean they are "Guilty". They aren't in jail. IF the "not justified" finding was a guilty verdict... they would be serving their sentence right now. All "not justified" means is, the officers were not covered by the rules, so now they need to look closer to SEE if they think something criminal happened in that parking lot that night.

    Its FAR from over.

    Gill didn't say they lied. He said they were not behind the car when they shot. He didn't say they were never behind the car. They say they were behind the car when she started backing up, but her backing up may have put them NEXT to the car. That makes some sense to me.

  • the old switcharoo mesa, AZ
    Aug. 16, 2013 5:26 p.m.

    The investigation already decided the shooting wasn't warranted 2 bits. Her car was not near the officers and they lied to try to cover it up.

    The gut trigger happy and lied. End.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 16, 2013 1:47 p.m.

    I think we all have sympathy for her and her family. I think even the officers have sympathy for her and her family. But that doesn't mean the officers were criminals. Maybe they over-reacted, but have YOU ever been in that situation? So how do you know how YOU would have reacted?

    I think we need to remember to "Judge not".

    I'm pretty sure these officers are going to get judged a LOT (by people who's job it is to judge them). That means WE don't need to appoint ourselves as their judges and judge them based on letters to the editor, one-sided information, rumors, and exaggerated stories you may get from some people who's minds are already made up.

    Gill did his job. It needs to proceed from there (and that doesn't mean directly to the court of self-appointed judges and judgement in the opinion section).

  • D22anielle Vancouver, WA
    Aug. 16, 2013 10:19 a.m.

    Thank you very much Margaret Peterson for the letter in the Deseret News. I do believe people are using this for political gain and it makes me sad to know that people can stoop that low. She is not just an article or just another statistic. She was a daughter, a sister, and to many people a really good friend.