Public should not rush to judge police officer

Posted: Tuesday, August 14, 2007

I think that before Juneau residents question the use of deadly force against Randall "Randy" Clevenger they should look at the people and circumstances involved. I personally know both the shooting officer and Randy.

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I know that Randy was very upset lately. Knowing him, I think this was a very planned "suicide by cop." He knew what he was doing.

Do we not pay police officers to protect us? It is unfortunate that Randy was shot and killed, but would it have been better if he had killed one or both the women then got killed? I think the officer used the force deemed necessary, which again is what we pay them for - so you and I can sleep at night.

It is the job of the investigating officers to see if it was a justifiable shooting not the public. Knowing the officer, I feel the last thing he wanted to do was pull the trigger. This is something he has to live with the rest of his life. He would not have come to the decision easily.

I will pray for the officer and his family, and for Randy's family, but I will not judge what the officer did. Matthew 7:1-2 says, "Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you."

Joel Mitchell

Juneau



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