A Bear-Bear Prediction

| August 10, 2010 | 6 Comments

The police have apparently turned their reports over to the State’s Attorney for review. A decision is expected tomorrow night.  Keith Shephard’s attorney, Mr. Putzi says his client will be exonerated and life will return to normal. I think he is wrong–and here is why.

There is nothing cut and dry to this case. It is a case of contradictions. Shephard said Bear-Bear attacked his dog and him–yet there are no marks to substantiate that. Shephard says that Bear-Bear’s handler did not respond–yet the handler says the officer gave him no time to respond. The police say there were no witnesses–yet ABC News 2 found two. The police say he was authorized to carry the gun–but then they suggested he was not.  Nothing is clear here.

People have said this is turning political–and maybe it is. But unless there is cold, hard, solid evidence that Keith Shephard acted in an appropriate manner, the decision will result in an arrest warrant and a trial.

And why shouldn’t it? His lawyer Putzi says he welcomes the probe. He should welcome a trial where a jury of his peers can make the decision.

From a political point of view, both Wethersbee, Leopold, and the Rettaliata’s attorney are running for election. The event polarized the area and for Wethersbee to NOT push it forward will give Eric Grannon (Wethersbee’s opponent) a huge boost and might cost Wethersbee the election. It is better to err on the side of caution.

And one more final observation, I find it amusing that Keith E. Shephard’s name was released by WJLA shortly after the shooting, yet his attorney Putzi (sorry for the repetition, I just like typing it), claims that his “unnamed” client fears for his safety.

What kind of cop is this? He has a gun. It was not taken away from him. He is known to use it–so what’s he scared of? Really, when you think about it, here is a cop who is charged to “protect and to serve” and he is scared when his dog and another dog play. And now he is scared that someone will know his name.

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