Usually when jails release someone, early, it’s because the system believes they are no longer a harm to society. Well, they sure got this one wrong. It might also have to do with California’s new BS laws that are trying to skim down the number of occupants in their jails.
Three Whittier Police Department officers were responding to the scene of a traffic collision about 8 a.m. when a 26-year-old, recently paroled man driving a stolen car opened fire with a semiautomatic pistol, said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Lt. John Corina.
Detectives said the alleged gunman, who is expected to survive, is also a suspect in homicide that occurred in East Los Angeles. They believe he stole a vehicle Sunday morning after killing a man, then drove into Whittier, where he encountered the police.
The slain officer was identified as Keith Boyer, a 27-year veteran of the department.
Whittier Police Chief Jeff Piper broke down in tears recounting Boyer, whom he described as a close friend and beloved member of the department. He said Boyer was a mentor to others in the department and had recently talked about retiring.
“He was the best of the best,” Piper said tearfully during a Monday afternoon news conference. “This is an unbelievably senseless tragedy.”
Piper said the shooting suspect, whose name has not been made public, was released from custody early. He blamed the early release on a series of new laws designed to reduce incarcerations in California.
Neither Piper nor the Sheriff’s Department offered specific information about his record or how he was released early. But the chief said Boyer’s killing showed how these laws have made the streets less safe.
“We need to wake up. Enough is enough,” he said.
It is absolutely tragic what happened to this officer. If they cared for the safety of their officers and the citizens of the state, the California government should rethink that policy and possibly take it off the books.
— LA County Sheriff's (@LASDHQ) February 20, 2017