There are at least twelve compelling reasons why Leonard Peltier would be the last person the President should consider for commutation of his sentence:
Officer Collin Rose, November 23, 2016, Detroit, Michigan
Detective Benjamin Marconi, November 20, 2016, San Antonio, Texas
U.S. Marshal Patrick Carothers, November 18, 2016, Ludowici, Georgia
Deputy Dennis Wallace, November 13, 2016, Modesto, California
Officer Scott Bashioum, November 10, 2016, Canonsburg, Pennsylvania
Deputy Daryl Smallwood, November 8, 2016, Byron, Georgia [i]
Officer Darrin Reed, November 8, 2016, Show Low, Arizona
Officer Cody Brotherson, November 6, 2016, West Valley, Utah [ii]
Sergeant Patrick Sondron, November 6, 2016, Byron, Georgia
Sergeant Paul Tuozzolo, November 4, 2016, Bronx, New York [iii]
Sergeant Anthony Beminio, November 2, 2016, Des Moines, Iowa
Officer Justin Martin, November 2, 2016, Des Moines, Iowa
This was just November, and the month’s not over yet.
These officers died in the line of duty as a result of adversarial gunfire. Several though, weren’t just killed, but like Jack Coler and Ron Williams at the hand of Leonard Peltier, were brutally assassinated.
Our thoughts and prayers are with these brave men, their families, friends and fellow officers as they reached their End of Watch.[iv]
Planned for December 4th – 10th in Washington, D.C., a number of mindless Peltier sycophants will gather in ragtag groups to march and demonstrate; chanting, beating drums and carrying signs calling for Peltier’s freedom.
Contrast this, and other Peltier demonstrations, with December 15, 2000 when hundreds of professionally attired FBI Agents and fellow law enforcement gathered at the Law Enforcement Memorial on that crisp, clear morning. Beginning with a prayer for the fallen, we made our way in a dignified procession to the White House.[v] There were no chants or outbursts and the long line was preceded by a single white banner proclaiming their respect for the sacrifice in the line of duty and large photographs of Special Agents Jack R. Coler and Ronald A. Williams.
Agents wouldn’t conduct a counter-demonstration to Peltierites in D.C., but if they did we could suggest several appropriate signs to display in front of the White House and for the media:
“Mr. X was a Lie”
(Peltier’s only alibi)
“Politicians are sleazebags”
(Leonard Peltier, March 2000)
“It was the right thing to do”
(Leonard Peltier, February 2010)
“I’d do it all over again”
(Leonard Peltier, February 2010)
“I don’t regret any of this for a minute”
(Leonard Peltier, August 2014)
“The direct and circumstantial evidence of Peltier’s guilt is STRONG”
(8th Circuit Court of Appeals)
There could be others as well if Peltier detractors chose to get in the gutter with the Peltierites. But these would be redundant and only reinforce that Peltier remains a remorseless, cold-blooded murderer who has perpetuated years of lies and fabrications amounting to nothing more than myth and folklore. Those falsehoods collapse under their own weight with even the slightest scrutiny.[vi] Peltier has diminished an otherwise proud native heritage and within mainstream Native America will be relegated to a pitiable footnote, and for those unwilling or unable to see the truth, little more than a garage sale T-shirt.
“In the Spirit of Coler and Williams”
[i] Deputy Smallwood died two days after he and Sergeant Sondron were shot.
[ii] Vehicular homicide: Officer Brotherson was deliberately run down by a fleeing felon.
[iii] NYPD, Sergeant Tuozzolo’s mass was held in a church I attended in the town where I grew up.
[v] The president of the FBI Agents Association (a non-governmental fraternal organization) was allowed into the White House where he delivered thousands of petitions asking the President not to commute Peltier’s consecutive life sentences and the additional seven consecutive years for his armed escape from Lompoc Penitentiary.
[vi] http://www.noparolepeltier.com/debate.html#concise, Concise history of guilt.