How Does It Feel To Be On The Other Side Of The Muzzle, Cop?

BY Herschel Smith
7 months, 4 weeks ago

Tales from Minnesota:

MOORHEAD, Minn. — Before 31-year-old Melody Gray was sentenced on Monday, Feb. 25, to serve 19 years in prison, the Minnesota state patrolman she attempted to shoot on Interstate 94 just east of Moorhead shared how that moment nearly a year ago changed his life.

“Without hesitation, Melody Gray tried to take everything away from me,” Mark Peterson said in a statement about the March 5, 2018, check of a stranded vehicle that quickly turned aggressive. “I do not think Melody Gray has any remorse for her actions.”

Peterson said through Clay County prosecutor Pamela Foss that his children later told him “how hard life would be without” him in their lives.

Peterson’s wife also addressed the Clay County courtroom in a statement, writing how she and her husband now have a “new and refreshed appreciation of life” following the incident.

A courtroom full of Minnesota State Patrol troopers, police officers, lawyers and other law enforcement officials listened patiently as Gray was sentenced Monday by Judge Tammy Merkins on one felony count of first-degree attempted murder and one felony count of possession of a firearm by a felon.

So don’t pretend that this doesn’t happen to folks who aren’t cops.  Folks get shot every day, and they are just as human as you, with all of the life to live as you and your family.

And don’t pretend that when cops shoot innocent people, the roles aren’t exactly reversed, with felons shooting people who have precious life to live.  Because that’s what a cop who shoots an innocent person is – a felon, even if the courts won’t call him that.

And when a cop points a firearm at an innocent person, it’s as much assault with a deadly weapon as when the girl did it to you.

Grok that, cop?


Comments

  1. On February 27, 2019 at 12:28 am, Longbow said:

    “Grok that, cop?”

    Nope. He doesn’t give half a shit.

  2. On February 27, 2019 at 6:08 am, Matt said:

    I’ve said elsewhere that when cops commit assault with a deadly weapon, they should be treated like any other common bully or thug doing the same.

  3. On February 27, 2019 at 10:04 am, Frank Clarke said:

    …and they all scratch their heads and wonder why — all of a sudden, it seems — cops are getting shot.

    Shall we tell them that it’s the unfortunately easily predictable result of police departments coast-to-coast decade-after-decade refusing to take out their own trash?

    Nah. They either already know that or they don’t care. Or both.

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