A reader notified me in the comments section about the shooting death of another New Hampshire police officer in this post regarding my support for NH AG Kelly Ayotte on restricting commercial speech between drug manufacturers and physicians.
Update: Apparently Liko Kenney shot the Cpl Bruce McKay 4 times in the back with a .45 after the officer sprayed him on a traffic stop. The two men had a history stemming from an arrest and charges of resisting and assault on an officer, and this time Kenney had requested a different officer when he was pulled over and when McKay refused Kenney drove off. McKay then caught him and cornered the vehicle and backed up into it to prevent him from taking off again. Reports indicate that after being sprayed, Kenney shot the officer 4 times in the back then ran him over. A passerby then shot Kenney with the fallen officer's service revolver.
I remain saddened and too shocked to offer further comment but I note this: As the unlawful use of force/First Amendment case with Michael Isreal shows, there's two sides to every story:
Cop said my client harrassed and threatened him but after a Jury heard the evidence all of that was thrown out and Mr. Isreal and I deposited a check for $58,500.00.
Here's Mr. Kenney's side:
One encounter between Kenney and McKay, multiple sources said, left Kenney with a broken jaw and resulted in a lawsuit. Bill Kenney, said the suit was dismissed because there were no witnesses to the alleged incident.
"(McKay's) been after poor Liko ever since then," said Hugh McLean, whose wife, Jean, owns Floradale florist shop. "I suppose you can say he finally got him. Liko got him, too."
As we all know, I do not support Attorney Ayotte on her Death Penalty stance, as noted in this post and in this Nashua Telegraph Forums post, the strongest of the local posts with 1,900 reads. In the comments section to my post I responded thusly:
[P]erhaps this means that the threat of the Death Penalty was no major deterrent in the shooter's mind, right?
We shall see. [Upate: We have seen].
Meanwhile I say a prayer for the families of all involved. The other decedent is a cousin of Bode Miller, at whose tennis camp (Tamarackcamp.com) I was going to spend some time a couple of years ago until I -- as legal chair for Southern NH NAACP -- got hit with that stupid and eventually dismissed indictment. The indictment came from that stupid and eventually dismissed Jaffrey Police Chief Martin Dunn -- with whom NH AG Ayotte has often sided -- not just in my case but in the failed prosecution of former Jaffrey Police officer Aaron Deboisbriand, whose father kept in touch with me on the D.L. throughout our respective persecutions.
The tennis camp thing is a long story but a lawyer friend of mine is friends with the family and he had told me about the camp and how laid back and beautiful it is.
At any rate, back to Dunn and Ayotte, it just goes to show I'm a big enough person to acknowledge not only when she's incorrect, but when she is correct as well. [Having spent 4 years as an AAG in employment and Civil Rights matters, and having practiced Constitutional Law on my own for 5 years I reckon I have some basis to issue insightful comment regardless of its implications, as noted by Ohio Civil Rights Attorney Terry H. Gilbert in this blawg post and in the opening to KingCast short films "Live Revolution" and "American Lawyer I."]
And at bottom, that's the beauty of the First Amendment, hence the name of this blawg.
Read the footnote.