A peace officer being put into a position where they must use deadly force is one of the most horrific things that can happen in law enforcement. It is a decision of last resort that most often happens in a matter of seconds and only when an officer fears for their life because of the violent action of a suspect. It is not a decision that is ever made lightly. Officers who have been forced to take a life to protect their own, carry the burden of their action with them the rest of their lives.
For a free society to properly function, the rule of law is vital. Our laws must be respected and enforced when violated. Everyone deserves equal justice under that law. Those entrusted to uphold the law must always be held accountable and their actions open to scrutiny from the very public they serve and protect.
Such scrutiny must be objective and include all information available. It cannot cherry-pick some information and neglect others. That creates an unjustifiable bias that leads to false
A federal judge last week mistakenly ruled that California’s death penalty is unconstitutional. The ruling was not based on any wrongful convictions or denials of any convicted murders constitutional rights. The decision was solely on the decades long delays that currently exist between the time a criminal is convicted of first degree murder and the time they are executed.
Since the United States Supreme Court has repeatedly upheld capital punishment as a sentence for the most cold-blooded heinous murderers in our society, clearly the death penalty is not the problem. It is the delays that have been allowed to occur in carrying out the death penalty in California that need to be repaired.
Defense attorneys and criminal rights
On Thursday, May 15, Peace Officers' Memorial Day, the Palm Springs Police Officers Memorial Foundation will remember the 20,267 law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty in this nation's history.
This tribute to American law enforcement is part of the historic crime bill signed into law in 1994. At the request of the National Law Enforcement Officers' Memorial Fund, the law designates Peace Officers' Memorial Day as one of only two days during which all residents, businesses and government agencies are required to lower their U.S. flags. The other day with this honor is Memorial Day, which commemorates those who died in military service to the country.
The Palm Springs Police Officers Memorial Foundation believes that loweringRead more...