Protecting civilians is law enforcement's job

July 3, 2013 

Stanislaus County attorneys contend that locksmith Glendon Engert was to blame for his own death — seriously?

This headline is another nail in the coffin of public opinion of all attorneys and also the county supervisors who surely approved of this message.

Those supervisors authorized a $60,000 investigation of the shootings and the report cited a slack approach by the deputies involved, adding that Sheriff's Department supervisors knew about this and failed to correct the behavior that led to the deaths of Engert and deputy Bob Paris.

A background check of the homeowner being evicted would show felony convictions and multiple arrests and police reports. The man's car was parked on the street in front of the condo. Knowing all of this was Engert's job? Seriously?

Civilians accompanying law enforcement officers expect to be protected by the training and professionalism of said officers. The officers involved in this tragedy exhibited a pattern of behavior that, if known, would have made anyone reconsider accompanying either officer anywhere.

The dangers sworn law enforcement officers face on a daily basis are well known. To be complacent about those dangers is deadly.

TOM WATLING JR.

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