A 34-year old former Deputy Sheriff has been indicted for murder in the death of Peyton Strickland, whom I have written about previously. While this might seem like a wonderful opportunity for me to “apologize” for my stated opinion of the deceased, I’m afraid that won’t be forthcoming.
As I said before, the kid didn’t deserve to die for his crimes, but he was in fact a violent criminal and a thug. The police who were sent to apprehend him were sent after a violent criminal and a thug. The deputy who killed Strickland may have overreacted, and it’s all well and good to read the “Monday-morning-quarterback” version of what may have prompted him to fire his weapon, but the facts remain unchanged: It was a high-stress situation, the potential for violence was expected, force was brought to bear against that violent potential, and force was used. Right or wrong, it cannot be denied that Peyton Strickland had a hand in the creation of the situation that brought on his death.
In case anyone thinks I believe otherwise, I do believe that Peyton Strickland did not deserve to die that day.
I am also sorry that the mistakes made that day have brought an end to a young police officer’s career.
I welcome your opinions. Even the snarky ones.