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The Left's Sick Fetish for Cop-Killing Radicals

Missouri Confederate Wrote: May 03, 2013 11:27 AM
Why is murdering a police officer considered worse than murdering anyone else and many times carries stiffer penalties. The 14th amendment calls for equal protection under the law. I have had two relatives murdered and feel their lives were as important as anyone else including police officers. Police have chose that profession and the risks that go along with it. Murder should be a capital offense regardless of who is killed.
Happy Jake Wrote: May 03, 2013 11:55 AM
Killing judges, elected and appointed officials, DAs, and people in certain other occupations (in addition to Police) are often punished more harshly because in addition to the murder itself, killing people in those occupations shows a willful disrespect for the authority of the position (not the person). For example, someone who kills a head of state not only kills the man, but expresses disdain for the office.

Generally such laws are set up as aggravating factors, or among several possibilities for the most serious murder charge (along with children, multiple killings, torture, poison, "lying in wait", and in the commission of certain crimes). It's the office, not the person, that is treated differently.
RVN70USMC Wrote: May 03, 2013 11:33 AM
Cops are held to a higher standard in conduct because of the trust the public gives them. They protect us and chase down the bad guys. That is reason enough.
Drifter33 Wrote: May 03, 2013 11:33 AM
Not to diminish your loss here. The reason given that killing a law enforcement officer can carry a higher penalty is that the perpetrator who doesn't hesitate to kill a cop is all the more likely to kill "civilians" with even more ease. The logic goes on to assume that by putting a cop killer behind bars under a more stringent sentence would therefore keep the perp off the street (and therefore unable to hazard the safety of citizens) for a longer time.
squiddy Wrote: May 03, 2013 12:22 PM
Philosophically, yes, every human being is equally valuable, and murderers should be punished equally.

But society "asks" policemen to do that job, to go into dangerous places on our behalf, to protect us against crime and disorder. An attack on a policeman is an attack on society itself - to allow it to go unpunished threatens the very existence of a civil society. So, we must reserve our harshest response to such attacks, for if we fail to protect our protectors, they will fail to protect us.

Similarly, those that celebrate cop-killers lower the barriers against such assaults on policemen, and almost certainly bear some responsibility for any future cop-killings.

Too many criminals have no fear of being caught, because the...
gunowner Wrote: May 04, 2013 8:54 AM
you know, the death penalty would get these scum off the streets for good and would cost a whole lot less.
Quintus_T_Cicero Wrote: May 03, 2013 11:31 AM
You won't find much argument here, Dennis.