Prosecutor Removed After Death of Kissimmee Police Officers

Officer Matthew Baxter, left, and Sgt. Richard “Sam” Howard, right. (Kissimmee Police Department)

The quick and dangerous pursuit of double cop killer Everett Miller late Friday night led to a small bar where Miller possessed two handguns.  As officers approached, Miller reached for his waistband when officers quickly tackled him.

After a short struggle, 45-year-old Everett Miller and the suspect in the shooting deaths of Sgt. Sam Howard and Officer Matthew Baxter, were taken into custody.

While the world has been told that American police officers randomly shoot African Americans, the true narrative is what you saw Friday night in that small bar in Florida.

Officers made the difficult decision to tackle the cop killer, who had reached for weapons, rather than a shootout in a crowded bar full of citizens.

While that was no doubt a tough decision, the decision by Governor Rick Scott on Saturday night to issue an executive order removing the prosecution from  State Attorney Aramis Ayala was an easy one.

The officers were fatally shot in a district where the top prosecutor says she will no longer seek the death penalty. State Attorney Aramis Ayala announced earlier this year that she wouldn’t seek the death penalty, explaining it’s not a deterrent and it drags on for years for the victims’ relatives. The announcement came as her office was building a case against Markeith Loyd, who is charged with the fatal shooting of an Orlando Police lieutenant.

“Today, I am using my executive authority to reassign this case to State Attorney Brad King to ensure the victims of last night’s attack and their families receive the justice they deserve,” Scott said in the order.

We applaud the order and we patiently await for the next election where Ayala is replaced.

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  1. Samuel Fivey

    Rest in peace officers.

    On a side note, Senator Kamala Harris (D-Ca) refused to pursue the death penalty against a gang member who murdered SFPD Officer Isaac Espinoza. The gang member was walking down the street with an AK-47. Harris was the District Attorney for the City and County of San Francisco at the time.

    • S. Libby Cyr

      Just knowing it’s CA explains a lot. These people are going to be the first to whine when they need help, but have encouraged the murder of our LEOs.

      • bakertaylor28

        Here’s the problem with all that- using the fact that a victim is a police officer (or anything else, for that matter) is a violation of the equal protection clause of fourteenth amendment the U.S. Constitution. Police Officers shouldn’t receive “special privileges” of law on account of their status. To allow this in any way, goes against the core values of, therefore being a direct attack upon, our constitutional democracy.

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