Are the calls for additional charges and an orchestrated email campaign to the Governor helping or harming the cause? We saw some of the emails sent to the State’s Attorney and some of them were embarrassing and profane. Is this the type of behavior a fun loving 3 year old Siberian Husky named Bear-Bear would want for his legacy?
When this goes to trial (still no date scheduled) anything can happen. When you fight a traffic ticket, you can be guilty or not. Let the process play out. For the most part, the courts in the US have done an admirable job of keeping the peace for the past 234 years. Let’s hope he is found guilty and the State’s Attorney does not allow for a plea bargain. Let Keith Shepherd take his legal lumps from the courts.
But, outside of the court of law, know that Keith Elgin Shepherd is being punished–probably more severely than any court. We are not on his side. What he did was reprehensible. But consider that in his neighborhood, he is likely known as “the cop who killed the dog” and parents are encouraging children to steer clear of this “bad man.” His future employment, in the only career he has known is in serious jeopardy. If he is able to be employed as a cop, his fellow officers (if they are aware) will not let him forget his actions. Realistically, due to the scope of this story (worldwide), he will likely be forced to move away and attempt to re-build his life. One has to wonder what his wife and family think? Is he the new black sheep of the family? And then on top of all this, the Rettaliata’s have a good civil case (especially with a guilty criminal verdict) which will further punish him financially. When is enough enough?
Yes, the community is outraged. Yes, it was a horrible event. But, things are on the right track and indeed, there will be justice for Bear-Bear if we let the process take over.