Letter to the Editor: Jeff Campbell

Written by Jeff Campbell on . Posted in News

Week 35 – Justice can’t wait forever.

We deserve to know what’s going on. Either KCSO, Prowers SO or D.A. needs to update our community. Omission doesn’t serve Justice.

My partner, the wise man he is always said, at the end of the day as a cop, an investigator, all that’s left is your reputation. Without your reputation for honesty, being “stand up,” being ready to act, following through and making right decisions, you were nothing. In a word without honour you’re as low as the scum you run to ground.

Real police officers I’ve known in my life, from before I was an officer and after knew the value of their reputations. Those real men and women only used the force necessary to get the job done. They took their power as a solemn and sacred duty to themselves and the public they serve. Violence without necessity shows another thug. Excessive force is a reflection of an ineffective and incompetent officer.

I knew female officers that would stand their ground right with the male officers. On many occasions I witnessed female officers take on suspects nearly twice their size, with grit, determination, smarts and could command a situation as soon as they stepped out of their vehicle. These women earned their reputations as solid officers every day, every shift without abusing the sacred trust of the immense power given peace officers.

Cops abusing their powers, abusing citizens, were usually dishonest as well. Cops who abused their power soon gained their reputations, but they were looked upon by other officers with disdain and as traitors to the badge. They were without honour. Only an officer’s reputation counts for anything in the end. The only epitaph a good cop needs is he or she “was a stand up cop.”

Audiences like westerns, stories of medieval knights, ancient heroes and demigods is because there are clear-cut bad guys and good guys and ever so often there’s a bad man  with a heart of gold or an empowered woman who grabs up her rifle and defends the homestead farm against the robber baron. It’s easy to comprehend. Life works the way we wish it would work. Good wins out over evil or wolves in sheep’s skins. After 90 or 120 minutes there is a triumph we can all understand. We like stories with endings.

Do not forget: - Remember. Dec. 10, will mark 35 weeks, (8 ¾ months, 245 days, 5,880 hours) since Zach Gifford, 39, was killed by lethal force. Depriving his family of him, of a son and brother. Zach was killed by sheriff’s officers on April 9, at about 1500 hours at close range. It hasn’t been denied. There’s no mystery. There’s no Justice for Zach. We pray for Justice. Nothing less. We think of him and his family. SE Colorado asks, what is D.A. Vogel doing?

I’m not going anywhere. Stand and speak for Zach. You must speak for him and the Gifford family. I speak for no one else. I’m damn sure I’m not alone.

Vayan con Dios,

Jeff C. Campbell