If one believes the various blogs, the Washington State cop killer could very much impact the next presidential election. 4 police officers were gunned down, execution style, in a coffee shop near Tacoma, Washington over the weekend by what appears to be a lone gunman.
The alleged shooter who has been identified as one Maurice Clemmons was sentenced to 95 years for all sorts of ugly violent crimes in Arkansas back in 1989. In 2000, he was granted clemency and released by then Governor Mike Huckabee. Bloggers are comparing this clemency to Willie Horton which cratered the presidential candidacy of Michael Dukakis in 1988. It appears Democrats have long memories.
Clemmons is still on the lamb. The 4 police officers were all parents and had been with the police department for years. Don’t expect this one to go away. In fairness to Huckabee, details of the clemency have not been released.
Clemmons was released on bond 7 days ago in Washington State. He had been arrested for 2nd degree rape of a minor. The bail was $150,000. He had to pay $15,000 and the bail bondsman footed the rest. He sounds like a very, very bad person. He has a long rap sheet covering a myriad of crimes. 9 children are now missing a parent because of this senseless violence.