Thanks to sentencing enhancements in murder cases it is an aggravating circumstance in Washington State law to kill a police officer. Aggravated First Degree Murder carries the death penalty....
Seattle Police Officer Timothy Brenton was gunned down in cold blood while sitting in his patrol car his weekend. He leaves a wife and two children; an 11 year-old daughter and a son, eight.
A Snohomish County deputy was stationed outside the family home to tell reporters that the family had "no comments." Cops look out after their own. No one wants to be disturbed during tremendous grief. When did the press start shoving mics in the faces of the bereaved anyway?
Please pray with me for the family. And, I at least, will also pray for justice. The system that Officer Brenton sought to uphold should work for the family once the killer is caught. I am one of the few on the Senate Judiciary Committee who still supports the death penalty in cases like this. The next gang-banger who even thinks about it should have to contemplate the consequences.