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David Pompeo was just doing his job
I am very glad Const. David Pompeo did not lose his job, and that he did what he was trained to do.
My sister worked many years as a jail guard in a men’s prison and as an Auxiliary RCMP. She also was an ambulance attendant, so she was a person that cared deeply for people and cared for them.
She was also on the other side of the situation, when those people were threatening her. I am very glad that she had the training she did, and I know that she had to use it on numerous occasions. Luckily she was never in a situation to have to shoot someone, but she was attacked by a person who had no intention of doing what she asked at that time.
What everyone seems to have forgot in their zeal to lay blame on Mr. Pompeo, is that he did not go out that night to intentionally shoot someone. He was doing his job. He is not a coward, and he has every right to fear for his life in his line of work!
The two officers were stopped the vehicle Bill Gillespie was in for a reason. A police officer asks you to stay inside your vehicle for a reason. That reason is so they do not have to worry about you doing anything that would endanger them. If, for any reason, you do not stay in that vehicle, then they are now on alert.
If a police officer asked me to stay in my car, I would. If he asked me to lay on the ground with my hands behind my head, I would. If you have done nothing wrong, then obey the officer, and then deal with it afterwards.
If for any reason you put your hands into any of your pockets, when the officer has asked you not to, then that same officer will now be on high alert.
If you want to pull a lighter out of your pocket, stop for a moment and think of what that looks like to an officer who has just asked you to place your hands in the air or on the top of your head. That police officer is now burdened with the two-second thought of “is he reaching for a weapon to shoot me?”
The officer has to make a determination that will either mean he may be seriously hurt, or killed, or do something in self-defense.
I don’t understand why so many people find that so hard to understand?
If you are innocent, and do not plan to harm that officer, then do what he asks of you. He wants you to do certain things to keep both of you safe until he can determine what the outcome will be.
I think the general public should be made to go through the training that police officers, jail guards, riot squads and even amublance drivers have to, to really understand.
An officer has no idea if you are high, drunk, or suicidal, because obviously you are not a ‘nice innocent citizen’ if you have ignored all of his requests thus far.
I believe that if Mr. Gillespie had indeed, done what was asked of him that night, the police would not have even drawn their weapons.
I believe Judge Wood took all of this into consideration. That is why he gave Mr. Pompeo the sentence that he did.
Sue Dalrymple is a Duncan resident.