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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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2 comments:

  • Ed Walters posted at 11:57 am on Wed, Nov 6, 2013.

    the old dog Posts: 584

    In the world of the criminal, many have painted the tip orange to give the impression that the gun is a toy, when actually it is a real AK-47 or any other real weapon. How is law inforcement to know. Almost on a daily basis you will read where Law Enforcement has shot and most likely killed someone for a number of reasons. Check out Google to see how many were killed by Law Enforcement on a daily basis, many in the San Joaquin valley that never made the news on TV or newspaper.

     
  • Debbie Meade posted at 4:14 pm on Tue, Nov 5, 2013.

    DebYZ Posts: 13

    And in those 10 seconds the officer could have been killed. The kid should have dropped it. Why in the world would you not listen to a cop? Why would you give you child a toy that looks real with the stipulation do not use it outside. Why in the world do you need a fake gun? Isn't there enough violence in the world? I don't buy fake guns for my son. He knows how I feel on the subject. I also teach him to listen to authority and respect your elders. Why would you point a gun that looks real at a cop? This is just sad...

     

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