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Letter: It would have taken only seconds to listen

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Posted: Tuesday, November 5, 2013 12:00 am

Everything happened in 10 seconds, from the time the first officer arrived, to the taking of a young man’s life.

The two most important reasons that lead to his demise: First, his father told him do not take that fake AK-47 outside as it looks exactly like the original as shown by police — not I nor anyone else could tell the difference.

Second, and perhaps the most important, he did take it outside, and when told by a Sonoma County Sheriff’s deputy to “drop the gun,” he didn’t. Instead, he turned and raised that fake rifle at the officer, forcing him to decide in 10 seconds or less what to do. He was in fear for his life and used his service weapon to remove the threat.

The first words out of a 13-year-old’s mouth were, “Why didn’t the officer use his Taser?” Had the officer taken the time to remove his Taser from the holster, and the AK-47 had been the real deal, the officer would have been dead. He was left with a split-second decision.

In today’s society, law enforcement deals with this situation every day, and at times officers end up not going home to their family. Law enforcement these days is a very dangerous occupation, as seen by the daily police reports and shootings that have become an everyday occurrence around the country.

At that time, everyone in high school was against the police department, not giving any thought as to the reason the young man was killed, and the possibility of not wanting to listen to the other side of the incident.

The Sonoma County Sheriff’s deputy will live with this the rest of his life, while the young will remember it less and less as time goes by.

Now it will be up to the D.A. to decide if charges will be filed, along with the FBI to see if any civil rights were violated. If any rights were violated, the question would be, whose?

Ed Walters

Lodi

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