Community should support officer

Posted: Sunday, August 19, 2007

I was disheartened to hear that there are residents of Juneau who have issue with the officer's decision to use deadly force ("Residents question use of deadly force," Aug. 13).

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Alaska statute provides for the use of deadly force.

The officer gave Randall Clevenger several opportunities to cease his actions. Officers are trained to use a higher level of force than they are faced with. The police officer's use of deadly force was an act of last resort. It was used when all other reasonable alternatives were impracticable or failed.

The shooting was a sad thing for the community in whole. This shooting will stay with the officer, his family, the community and will have lasting effects.

My worst fear is that officers could lose their lives or the lives of the people they are trying to help if they hesitate in their use of reasonable, deadly force because of their fear of citizens criticizing their judgment.

It is my hope that the community will come together and support the Juneau Police Department and the officers that work to make Juneau a safe place.

Last but not least, we are glad that the officer who was involved in the shooting, protecting our safety is with us to serve the public for another day.

Be safe - be well.

Suzan and Darin Schultz


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