It began, appropriately enough, on Halloween night (2009), because it’s always good to weave a little occult symbolism into the story right from the start. In fact, let’s throw in a bit more by noting that Officer Brenton, whom we will meet in the next paragraph, sported Seattle Police Department badge number 6699.
As the Associated
reported early the next morning (“Seattle Police Officer Killed in
‘Assassination,’” November 1, 2009), “A veteran Seattle police
fatally shot Saturday night as he and a rookie officer sat in their
in the Central District. The officer who was killed was identified as
Brenton, 39, a nine-year veteran of the Seattle Police Dept. … The
occurred shortly after 10 p.m. at
The next day, King
added a few more details (“Police Believe Officer’s Murder was
2, 2009): “Police now say the shooting that killed a
Notice, by the way, that the above cited report specifically refers to the “gunmen” driving up to the patrol car, which may or may not have been a typo. According to SeattlePI.com (“Police: DNA, Ballistics Link Monfort to Officer's Killing,” November 9, 2009), “A witness who had been walking her dog told police that during the earlier traffic stop, at least one person in a small hatchback appeared to be watching the officers with the car's headlights off at times. The woman said she thought she saw two silhouettes, but was not sure.” There would be no further mention of more than one assailant in any media accounts.
That same day, the Seattle Times added some details as well (“Drive-By Shooting Apparently Targeted Seattle Police at Random,” November 2, 2009): “Seattle police say the fatal drive-by shooting of veteran Officer Timothy Brenton on Saturday night represented something the department had not seen before: the apparent targeting of police at random. ‘It was incredibly brazen and bold,’ said Assistant Police Chief Jim Pugel, who called the shooting an ‘assassination’ … Police have not identified any suspects or a motive in the shooting … Sweeney was seated in the driver's seat of the patrol car, with Brenton in the passenger seat, as the officers parked in a quiet, tree-lined residential street … A small, light-colored sedan pulled up next to their car. Both vehicles were facing south. For some reason, Sweeney ‘sensed’ trouble and reacted by ducking, Pugel said. Gunfire blasted from the sedan without warning, police said. The bullets entered the police car through the driver's window. Both officers were wearing bulletproof vests, police said.”
It would appear then that the Seattle Police Department had very little to work with in regards to solving this brutal crime. Officer Sweeney apparently did not get a good look at either the car or its occupants before ‘sensing’ trouble and providing the gunman with a clear shot at Brenton, and the squad car’s dashboard camera did not get a look either. And since the assailant never exited the vehicle, it stands to reason that the only physical evidence that would have been left behind would have been the slugs that ripped into Officer Brenton.
Though media reports made no mention of the type of weapon used, the most logical choice, given the close quarters, would have been a handgun. That would have been particularly true if the driver of the vehicle, rather than a passenger, was the gunman (particularly if the driver was right-handed). It should be noted, by the way, that it obviously would have been far easier to pull off this hit, if it in fact went down as described by police and the media, if the gunman had been riding in the passenger seat.
Despite the initial
leads, it didn’t take long at all for
that, “Police found a Datsun, draped with a car cover. They waited
until a man
approached the vehicle, said Tukwila police spokesman Mike Murphy.
Well, that certainly
credible story – except for the part about the image from the dashboard
that police had previously said did not exist. And the fact that it is
extremely unlikely that three detectives, confronted by a man who aimed
at them and pulled the trigger, wouldn’t immediately return fire,
the gun-wielding man was suspected of having already assassinated a
officer. And according to the SeattlePI.com story, Monfort
pistol and pointed it at a detective's head, police said. He
pulled the trigger, but the gun misfired.” A few days later, the Seattle
Times reported that police had revealed that the suspect’s gun had
to go off because he had neglected to put a round in the chamber.
that report (“Prosecutor: Killing of
So again, it makes perfect sense that the three detectives would not have immediately gunned down or otherwise taken down a suspect who had just essentially held a gun to a detective’s head and pulled the trigger – though a fellow officer on the Seattle force would react much differently to a much less threatening and far more ambiguous situation, as we shall see later in this saga.
The suspect, one Christopher John Monfort, was shot twice – once in the face and once in the abdomen. There is little doubt that he was not supposed to survive his wounds. One in the head and one in the torso is, as I’m sure I’ve mentioned in some past post, the mark of a trained assassin, and it usually gets the job done. Monfort somehow survived his wounds, however, though he is now reportedly paralyzed from the waist down and confined to a wheelchair, after spending more than a month in the hospital.
In a post on the Sable Verity blog (“Christopher Monfort: Profile of a Cop Killer,” November 7, 2009), by the way, can be found the following rather curious commentary: “I don’t think this is some grand conspiracy about a dirty cop taken out by another dirty cop who then worked with more dirty cops to frame some random guy for the crime … I don’t think police tried to murder said random guy today outside his apartment as part of their awesome frame up job.”
Hmmm … what I think is that when folks start bashing the notion of ‘conspiracy’ theories before said theories have even really had a chance to formulate, it’s usually because the story being offered for public consumption is a complete work of fiction.
Monfort’s capture was accompanied by the release of an array of evidence against him, including photographs of weapons and numerous crudely improvised explosive devices that allegedly were found in his apartment. One of the rifles allegedly found there, according to the Seattle Times, (“Flags Were Key Link to Cop Slaying, Bombings,” November 7, 2009), was “a ‘military-style assault rifle’ being examined as the possible weapon used to kill Brenton,” although, as previously noted, it would have made far more sense for Monfort to have used that handgun that he allegedly held to the arresting officer’s head.
Also allegedly recovered from Monfort’s apartment, according to one local report (“Child Porn Found on Computer of SPD Murder Suspect,” King 5 News, November 9, 2009), were “massive amounts of child pornography [found] on Monfort’s computer.” It is unclear though whether that was an actual discovery or an attempt to smear the suspect. It has not been mentioned again and none of the charges filed against Monfort concern child pornography.
Within a couple days of Monfort’s arrest/attempted assassination, police were claiming to have an airtight case against him not just for the murder of Brenton and the attempted murder of Sweeney, but also for the firebombing of four police vehicles on October 22, 2009, nine days before the murder of Brenton. That attack, police further claimed, had been a failed attempt to kill multiple officers. Monfort was now being described as a “lone domestic terrorist,” which I’m guessing is a phrase that is going to become rather commonplace in the not-too-distant future.
According to SeattlePI.com (“Police: DNA, Ballistics Link Monfort to Officer’s Killing,” November 9, 2009), “A .223-caliber rifle found in Monfort's apartment is a ballistic match to the gun used to kill Brenton and wound his partner, Britt Sweeney, Seattle Assistant Police Chief Jim Pugel said.” And in addition, “DNA collected from the scene of Officer Tim Brenton's Oct. 31 slaying and the arson of four police vehicles nine days earlier matched samples from Christopher J. Monfort, the man shot Friday by homicide detectives at his Tukwila apartment, police said.”
If you are at all
like me, you
are probably wondering how Monfort could have possibly left DNA
evidence at the
scene of what was essentially a drive-by shooting – or, for that
matter, at an
arson scene. Police, of course, had a ready explanation: “A
And how, you might be wondering, would Monfort’s alleged bandana have been left at the murder scene? Did a freak gust of wind come up and blow it off his head and out the window of his car? The Seattle Police Department would apparently like us to believe that Monfort left it as some kind of cryptic calling card, since the department also claims that he left a tiny American flag at the arson scene. There has been no word from the department as to why Monfort would have done so, or exactly what type of genetic material he would have purportedly left on that miniscule flag.
Early reports claimed
Monfort had attempted to join the
Though most media
reluctant to admit it, Monfort has no criminal history (the Seattle
for example, reported that he “apparently has no felony
while King 5 News held that “Monfort has no serious
history”; both statements, while technically correct, were deliberately
misleading.) In truth, Monfort had served since 2007 as a volunteer
Monfort also, by all accounts, has no history of violence. He is generally described as a polite, relatively soft-spoken young man who has never shown the slightest propensity for physical violence or even verbal aggressiveness. His supervisor at the juvenile facility told Seattle Times reporters (“Self-Doubts Troubled Suspect in Killing of Officer,” November 10, 2009) that “she never would have guessed that Monfort would be tied to violent crimes – ‘never in a million years.’” According to others at the facility, “there was no inkling of violent behavior.”
When the ‘frustrated rent-a-cop goes on rampage against real cops’ storyline failed to hold up, police and the media quickly cooked up a new motive: Monfort had been pulled over in a routine traffic stop on October 15, 2009, just one week before the firebombing of police vehicles and two weeks before the execution of Officer Brenton, and it was Monfort’s rage over this incident that supposedly prompted the attacks.
During that uneventful stop, Monfort was cited only for failure to provide proof of current automobile insurance (raising, of course, the question of why he was initially stopped at all) – in other words, he received what is commonly referred to as a ‘fix-it ticket.’ All that was required of him was to later provide proof of insurance, which hardly seems to explain why a formerly non-violent, law-abiding citizen would suddenly go on a murderous rampage.
The media, as is their wont, largely tried to portray Monfort as a moody, troubled loner who had no close friends or romantic interests and who maintained a rather rocky relationship with family members. When reporters though took the time to speak to those who know him, they got a much different story. What emerged from those reports was a portrait of an educated, intelligent, well-rounded individual.
Monfort is an
skydiver and scuba diver, as well as an avid motorcyclist who has a
travel. He also has a passion for painting and, according to his
once “won a prize for one of his paintings.” He also is a “lover of
a self-taught guitarist. He was a McNair scholar at
Monfort is reportedly
grandson of the former owners of the News Times, a small daily
serving the residents of the small farming community of
Garry Wegner, who
serves as the
program coordinator for
On the surface, at least, it is perfectly clear that Mr. Monfort does not fit the profile of a “lone domestic terrorist.” However … there are a couple of troubling aspects to the Christopher Monfort story, beginning with that report of the discovery of a vast cache of child pornography. Though that appears to have been a rather heavy-handed attempt to smear Monfort, given the lack of charges pertaining to the alleged discovery, there is also the possibility that the discovery was real and that it has subsequently been covered up due to the specific nature of the material that was collected.
Readers of Programmed to Kill will recall, by the way, that kiddie porn and caches of weapons and explosives do indeed sometimes go hand-in-hand – though in this case it appears to be quite possible that those weapons and explosives were planted.
Also rather troubling
Monfort’s last known employment, which was as a truck driver with Pilot
Services in nearby
fired Monfort, curiously enough, was one Michael Thompson, “a former
The incident that
Monfort fired was a curious one indeed. According to the Times
“Monfort's work fell below standards over the late spring and summer,
an incident in July in which he failed to notify a dispatcher that he
stopped for a weigh-station inspection while heading to Vancouver,
B.C., with a
load of temperature-sensitive cherries, Thompson said. As a result, the
dispatcher was kept from alerting an air carrier that was to fly the
You would think that if someone had a load of time-sensitive and temperature-sensitive freight that needed to be flown abroad, that someone would just fly it out of SeaTac or Bellingham International, rather than trucking it across the Canadian border – but apparently that’s not how Pilot Freight rolls.
various concerned parties have recently reported that
And it gets better.
far more shocking allegations (http://www.galacticfriends.com/updates/galactic-friends/1784-galactic-federation.html), there
is no shortage of other unsavory freight being shipped through
The network is said
protected by virtually all levels of law enforcement and the judiciary,
as by well-placed confederates in the church, the media, and other
of the state. If all of that sounds all too familiar, it is probably
you’ve spent time swimming in the sewers of the
One of the names mentioned in
One other item of
Anyway … returning now to Seattle, remember how police were originally led to Monfort as a suspect after receiving a tip that he owned a car matching the description of the vehicle allegedly used in the attack? You’ll never guess where that tip came from: “[Former Sheriff’s deputy] Thompson passed Monfort's name to Seattle police after Brenton's killing when investigators said they were looking for an early 1980s Datsun sedan believed to have been used in the shooting. Thompson said he knew Monfort drove a car that matched the description.”
In the same article (Seattle Times, “Monfort Fired After Excellent Worker Turned Unreliable,” November 20, 2009), Thompson described Monfort as being “very intelligent and always studying or reading a book.” He further noted that, “In all their conversations … Monfort conveyed his views in peaceful terms and said nothing that, in retrospect, raised red flags.” Thompson also said that Monfort “didn’t talk negatively about police and expressed great respect for ‘what I had done [as a law enforcement officer] and my viewpoints.’”
In other words, Thompson had no reason at all to suspect that Monfort might be involved in any way in the murder of Officer Brenton, but he apparently decided it would be a good idea to turn him in anyway.
Monfort was released from the hospital on December 8 and promptly booked into jail to await trial. His booking into jail marked the first time, after more than a month of confinement, that his attorneys were able to speak privately with their client. Those attorneys were initially denied the opportunity to meet with their client at all, until they went to court complaining that they’d “been unable to speak to Monfort. The attorneys said that not only do they believe their client is in trouble, but that the police are not allowing him his rights. ‘You have a person who's medicated, who's very suggestible, who's probably very devastated, who's incredibly isolated, who may believe that his family has turned their back, that he has no attorney. And a bunch of officers are standing around him and he doesn't know who shot him, but he knows it's a police officer,’ … said attorney Julie Lawry.” (“Child Porn Found on Computer of SPD Murder Suspect,” King 5 News, November 9, 2009)
On November 12, the Seattle Times reported that the suspect’s mother, Suzan Monfort, who had flown in from Alaska, had reported via e-mail that “she and her son’s father have been refused access to their 41-year-old son’s hospital room at Harborview Medial Center … Monfort's father lives in California and came to visit him after he was shot, the mother said. But he also was denied the chance to see his son.” (“Family in ‘Shock and Disbelief’ Over Monfort’s Arrest”)
Meanwhile, the SPD police blotter reported that, “Setting the stage for Christopher Monfort’s arraignment Monday, a King County Superior Court judge has ruled that the accused cop killer will remain shackled and in jail dress during the proceeding.” That, of course, was to be expected. After all, you never know when a paralyzed man might attempt a daring escape, or launch a surprise attack on a bailiff. Then again, it could just be a really obvious attempt to present a prejudicial image of Monfort to the general public and any potential jurors.
Before Monfort had
even made his
first court appearance,
The Times Online
another curious detail as well: “The shooting took place at the Forza
shop, just across the street from the McChord Air Force Base outside
The official story quickly and predictably took shape: one crazed gunman – undoubtedly a ‘lone domestic terrorist,’ though a different ‘lone domestic terrorist,’ since the first one was paralyzed and in police custody – had strolled into the coffee shop and swiftly taken out all four officers. All four armed officers. All four armed and trained officers. All four armed and trained and body-armored officers. One lone un-body-armored assailant with a handgun had done that.
That seems about as likely as a lone suicide bomber strolling onto a secure CIA base in a war zone and taking out eight operatives and wounding a half-dozen more. And we all now that that could never happ … oh, wait a minute, what I meant to say was that it seems about as likely as a military psychiatrist armed with a pair of handguns putting down some 30 people at a military base, several of whom were seasoned combat veter… oh, never mind.
Since when, by the way, does the CIA claim ownership of its personnel when they are killed while on assignment? The CIA is, after all, a secret organization, and there is so much more PR value in identifying the fallen as innocent ‘civilian contractors’ – as in, you know, “these guys were just there to, uhh, rebuild the country and some crazy fuckin’ Muslim killed them all.” Reports also identified the base where the alleged suicide attack went down, as if to say: “Hey!! Do any of you terr’ists out there want to know where all the CIA guys hang out?”
Let’s just suppose, though this is merely speculation, that the fallen CIA personnel had, in the immortal words of Sarah Palin, gone ‘rogue’ and decided that they didn’t really like the way the war was being waged. And let’s further suppose that their deaths were publicized so as to send a very clear signal to any other personnel who might be thinking about likewise going rogue. And, just for the hell of it, let’s also suppose that those four Seattle-area police officers sitting in that coffee shop across the street from the Air Force base had stumbled upon some, shall we say, sensitive information, possibly concerning the execution of Officer Brenton, and they were convened that day at the coffee shop to discuss how to go public with the information and who else on the force they could trust.
Speculation, to be sure, but now the story begins to make a bit more sense.
What doesn’t make any sense, of course, is that one guy with a handgun can take out four body-armored officers (Sergeant Mark Renninger, Ronald Owens, Tina Griswold and Greg Richards) before any of them could effectively return fire. Given the body armor, the assailant would essentially have had to score head shots on all four officers (as was acknowledged by the UK’s The First Post, which reported that the gunman “shot the officers in the head repeatedly with a handgun.”), which isn’t all that easy to do, assuming that the officers weren’t just sitting there waiting their turn. (“Maurice Clemmons, Prime Suspect in the Shooting of Four Police Officers Yesterday, Is at Large,” November 30, 2009)
conclusion to draw is
that there was more than one gunman involved in what appears to have
professionally orchestrated hit. And that, in fact, is exactly what the
Press initially reported: “Pierce County Sheriff’s spokesman Ed
The News Tribune in
Amazingly, police were able to identify a suspect almost immediately. The Times Online (“Police Killed in ‘Ambush’ Outside US Air Force Base,” November 30, 2009) reported that, “Detective Troyer told reporters that Maurice Clemmons, 37, was one of several people investigators want to talk to but that he could not be called a suspect at this point.” That same day, however, The First Post (“Maurice Clemmons, Prime Suspect in the Shooting of Four Police Officers Yesterday, Is at Large,” November 30, 2009) held that, "Seattle police are searching the city for Maurice Clemmons, the man wanted for shooting dead four Washington state police officers in a coffee shop on Sunday morning. Clemmons, who is believed to have suffered a gunshot wound to the abdomen in the shootout yesterday, was thought to have been holed up in a house in the city this morning. But after sealing off the surrounding neighbourhood and sending in a SWAT team, a search of the residence drew a blank.”
Within a couple days,
it would be
revealed that police had actually descended on the home in force on
evening, indicating that Clemmons had been fingered as the department’s
suspect right from the gate: “Police surrounded a house in a Seattle
neighborhood late Sunday following a tip Clemmons had been dropped off
After an all-night siege, a SWAT team entered the home and found it
police said Clemmons had been there.” (
police almost immediately began an intensive 48-hour manhunt for
Clemmons, a man who shared virtually nothing in common with the other
domestic terrorist’ who had allegedly struck just a few weeks earlier.
Monfort, Clemmons had a very long and sordid criminal history, dating
his teen years in
The Seattle Times
reported that “news accounts out of
It would appear then
Clemons was sentenced to as many as 200 years in prison for crimes
a juvenile, including 60 years for a pair of non-violent property
According to the Times, however, news accounts “describe a
disturbing incidents involving Clemmons while he was being tried in
Clemmons served eleven years of his combined sentences before rather notoriously being released by former presidential candidate and archconservative Mike Huckabee. Contrary to what media accounts implied, however, it was not Huckabee’s commutation that ultimately put Clemmons out on the streets allegedly hunting Seattle-area police officers; he would be in-and-out of jail several more times before joining our cast of characters, and he would receive unusual treatment at several points along the way.
Following his release from prison, Clemmons remained on parole – which he very quickly violated. As the Times report notes, Clemmons was accused of “committing aggravated robbery and theft, according to a story in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. He was returned to prison on a parole violation. But in what appears to have been a mistake, Clemmons was not actually served with the arrest warrants until leaving prison three years later. As a result, Clemmons' attorney argued that the charges should be dismissed because too much time had passed. Prosecutors dropped the charges.”
Lucky break there for Maurice. Following his
release, in 2004, he relocated to the
That all changed
in May, however, when Clemmons was charged with a long list of felony
including the rape of a twelve-year-old relative and the physical
assault of a
sheriff’s deputy. As the Times recounted, “During the
May, Clemmons punched a sheriff's deputy in the face, according to
records … In another instance, Clemmons was accused of gathering his
young relatives around at 3 or 4 in the morning and having them all
told them that families need to ‘be naked for at least 5 minutes on
By a show of hands, how many people were shocked to find yet more allegations of pedophilia in this story?
The Seattle Times would also like us to know that as “part of the child-rape investigation, the sheriff's office interviewed Clemmons' sister in May. She told them that ‘Maurice is not in his right mind and did not know how he could react when contacted by Law Enforcement,’ a sheriff's report says. ‘She stated that he was saying that the secret service was coming to get him because he had written a letter to the President. She stated his behavior has become unpredictable and erratic. She suspects he is having a mental breakdown,’ the report says. Deputies also interviewed other family members. They reported that Clemmons had been saying he could fly and that he expected President Obama to visit to ‘confirm that he is Messiah in the flesh.’”
In June 2009, the
a curious journey to Manhattan, as detailed by the New York Daily
(“I am Jesus … and On the Lam, Seattle Cop Killer Maurice Clemmons Told
Bishop Bernard Jordan,” December 1, 2009): “Seattle cop killer Maurice
- shot dead Tuesday by a lone patrolman - drove to New York in June to
Manhattan minister, declaring God told him to make the trip. He
June 13 prayer service, trying to rush the stage and yelling, and then
approached Bishop Bernard Jordan at his gala 50th birthday banquet the
day. ‘He said he was Jesus. I was kind of shocked,’ Jordan told the
…Clemmons, 37, told Jordan he was running from the police, who wanted
vandalism. He said he had driven for three days to
Left unexplained was how Clemmons had managed to
the lam” after being booked on at least seven felony counts.
As reported by the New
Daily News (“I am Jesus … and On the Lam, Seattle Cop Killer
Told NY Bishop Bernard Jordan,” December 1, 2009), police were quick to
attribute Clemmons’ alleged actions to a rather dubious motive: “When
bail last week, he was so angry at his imprisonment that he shot four
uniformed cops doing paperwork in a suburban Seattle coffee shop
officials said. ‘The only motive we have is that he decided he was
going to go
kill police officers. He was angry about being incarcerated,’ said
So despite having previously spent more than a little time in the US prison system, Clemmons was so enraged at his brief five-month incarceration that he went on a homicidal rampage upon his release, which conveniently came just six days before the carnage at the coffee shop. As the Seattle Times (“Maurice Clemmons, Man Wanted for Questioning, Has Troubling Criminal History,” November 30, 2009) duly reported, Clemmons “was released from custody just six days ago, even though he was staring at seven additional felony charges in Washington state.”
curious detail as well: “Prosecutors in
It would appear then that shortly before Clemmons’ rather inexplicable release from custody, he spent a little time in a state mental hospital, from which he was apparently released on the very day of Brenton’s memorial service and Monfort’s arrest.
Clemmons will never be able to tell his side of the story and there will be no messy trial that would undoubtedly divulge serious irregularities in the state’s case, since the prime suspect was gunned down on Tuesday, December 1, 2009 in what appears for all the world to have been a cold-blooded execution. All told, five men were gunned down in cold blood in the space of just a few days, all shot in the head, and within a matter of just a couple more days the case was sewn up and put to bed, never to be heard from again.
As the New York
(“Suspect Slim in Seattle, 4 Are Held as Flight Aids,” December 2,
“A man suspected of fatally shooting four uniformed police officers was
and killed on a residential street here early Tuesday by a police
chanced upon him during a routine patrol when investigating a stolen
authorities said …The scale of the investigation contrasted with the
isolation of the moment when a Seattle police officer came face to face
Mr. Clemmons early Tuesday. According to
the Seattle Police Department, which posted a report on its Web site,
officer, who was not named, came upon a car in the
As noted by the Times,
SPD posted an account of the shooting, so let’s turn now to the source
exactly what allegedly happened: “At approximately 2:43 a.m. today, a
patrol officer came upon a suspicious vehicle in the 4400 block of
According to John Diaz, the interim chief of the Seattle Police Department, “It’s not the way we wanted it to end.” To the contrary, I’m guessing that it is exactly the way authorities wanted it to end.
Like Monfort, Clemmons was shot twice from close range – once in the head and once in the torso. Given that police are trained to aim for the torso, which is a much easier target to hit than the head, and that both Monfort and Clemmons were shot from close range, it is unlikely that the head shots were inadvertent. But that, alas, is but one of many questions raised by the SPD’s dubious account of the shooting.
How, for example, was the unnamed officer able to immediately identify, in the dark, a suspect he had never seen before? That claim becomes even more dubious when we consider a report put out the following day by the Seattle Times (“Lakewood Police Shooting Suspect Killed by Officer in South Seattle Early Today,” December 2, 2009): “As the officer sat in his patrol car doing paperwork on the stolen car, he noticed a man was approaching the driver’s side of the patrol car from behind. The officer immediately recognized the man as matching the description of Clemmons and got out of his patrol car, [assistant Seattle police chief Jim] Pugel said.”
Really, Jim?! So before he even got out of the car, he had positively identified Clemmons? By turning around and looking through the rear window of his car into the 3:00 AM darkness? Or by peering into his side view mirror? How exactly did he do that? And why was it that fellow officers and the medical examiner, who all presumably would have gotten a much better look at Clemmons’ lifeless corpse, weren’t able to positively identify him?
And why, if Clemmons allegedly had a gun in his sweatshirt pocket, was he allegedly reaching for his waistband? And why would he be carrying around such a highly incriminating piece of evidence? And how and when exactly did he manage to disarm at least one of the officers that he allegedly murdered? And why had there been no previous mention of that? And how hard would it have been for the unnamed officer to get his hands on that dead officer’s gun to plant it on Clemmons?
There is certainly nothing suspicious, of course, about the fact that the department opted to not disclose the name of the officer, or about the fact that that unnamed officer was a military veteran. Nor, needless to say, is there anything unusual about the fact that Clemmons had managed to successfully elude the entire department for some 48 hours, but a lone officer just happened to stumble upon him at 3:00 AM on a dark stretch of road.
The officer’s name, Benjamin L. Kelly, was subsequently leaked to the media. In short order, a Facebook ‘fan page’ was set up for the allegedly heroic officer, whom police claimed was lucky to be alive. At last count, the page was approaching 11,000 fans. Such is the nature of the world we live in.
What, in the final analysis, does this all mean? That, alas, is not entirely clear – at least not yet. Suffice it to say that, with the recent spate of cop killings, the impending opening of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, allegations of serious weirdness transpiring in the Vancouver area, and Vancouver looking more and more like it is under martial law, there are warning signs in the air that something is brewing in the Pacific Northwest – and it ain’t Starbucks Coffee.