Two murdered police officers teach a harsh lesson about criminal rehabilitation

posted at 9:21 am on January 19, 2016 by Jazz Shaw

Why does the United States lock up more people than anyone else in the world?

That’s a question that gets asked a lot in Democrat circles and it’s a high priority subject in their primary debates. In some areas there is clearly room for a reexamination of sentencing guidelines and it’s not a subject conservatives should shy away from entirely. But at the same time, a rush to release as many prisoners as possible or to shuttle people off to “treatment centers” rather than jail or federal prison presents significant issues as well. We saw a couple of cases of this in recent days which ended in tragedy, taking the lives of two police officers.

One of them took place in Utah over the weekend, where a nearly two decade veteran of the Holladay PD was gunned down while attempting to provide aid to victims of a traffic accident. (Fox 13)

A police officer was shot and killed while responding to a traffic accident in Holladay Sunday, and the suspect who shot him also wounded another officer before being fatally shot a short distance from the first alleged crime.

Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder identified the deceased officer as 44-year-old Douglas Scott Barney, an 18-year veteran of the Unified and Taylorsville police departments and a father of three who worked in the Holladay Precinct.

Upon arriving at the scene of the accident, one of the two occupants of the crashed vehicle jumped out and immediately began firing at Officer Barney, striking him in the head. He later died at a local hospital. Here’s your suspect, Cory Lee Henderson.

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After the dust settled, we learned more about Henderson’s disturbing background.

The man accused of shooting and killing Unified Police Officer Doug Barney had a lengthy criminal history that had taken him in and out of state and federal prisons for drug and weapons violations.

A police union is questioning why Cory Lee Henderson, 31, was even allowed to be released, given his criminal history…

  • Nov. 24, 2015: The U.S. Attorney’s Office said Henderson was indicted by a federal grand jury on felon in possession of a firearm, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense
  • Dec. 4, 2015: Henderson is arraigned in federal court, pleads not guilty
  • Dec. 8, 2015: Henderson is paroled to the Fortitude Treatment Center. Federal court records show U.S. Magistrate Judge Evelyn Furse allowed him to be released from federal custody to go to the treatment center
  • Dec. 18, 2015: Henderson is reported as a walkaway from the Fortitude Treatment Center. The Utah Department of Corrections said Henderson checked out in the morning to look for employment but did not return at the end of the day. That night, state dispatch was contacted and notified that he was missing
  • Dec. 21, 2015: A fugitive warning is issued for Henderson

They had Henderson in custody for the umpteenth time and he was known to be dangerous and frequently armed. Yet somehow a judge decided to send him to a treatment center where he simply walked away just before Christmas. The next time we caught up with him he’d murdered a cop.

On the very same day, in Danville, Ohio, police received a call from a woman who warned them that her ex-boyfriend was high on drugs, armed to the teeth and had gone out looking for a cop to kill. Even with that bit of information on hand, Herschel Ray Jones was still successful in his plan. (Daily Caller)

Police have arrested an Ohio man who allegedly went out looking for a cop to kill and found one.

Police say a Danville woman called police to warn them Sunday night, saying her ex-boyfriend “left with weapons and was looking to kill an officer,” WBNS-TV reports. Danville Officer Thomas Cottrell was found shot to death later that night.

“We are very sad to report the line of duty death of Danville Police Officer Thomas Cottrell,” Knox County Sheriff’s Office said on Facebook. “Our officers and BCI are conducting the investigation.”

Herschel Jones, 34, was arrested shortly after after being chased on foot. No charges have been pressed yet.

Could anyone have predicted that this might happen? Well, they might have asked his parole officer. (NBC 4i)

John Jones says family members called Herschel’s parole officer last week to report that he had guns and drugs and was at risk of doing something bad. John Jones says nothing was done.

Cases like this are tragic, yet appropriate examples of Democrat “solutions” to some of the challenges we face on the domestic front and how pitifully inadequate they are. On the one hand there is the gun control angle. Neither of these suspects could have possibly gotten a gun legally under existing or proposed gun control laws. They were career criminals who didn’t give a hoot about gun laws and knew how to get around them. But they were also both criminals who had been in custody but had been released. In the case of Henderson in particular, he was sent to a “treatment program” rather than keeping him locked up. And that was despite his extensive, violent record. Herschel was supposedly being kept under the watchful eye of law enforcement because he was on parole. In the end, that will come as little comfort to the family of Officer Cottrell.

These are only two of many stories, and we should keep them in mind when candidates rush to please the SJW by promising less prison time and more “fairness” in the system.

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Cases like this are tragic, yet appropriate examples of Democrat “solutions” to some of the challenges we face on the domestic front and how pitifully inadequate they are.

Oh not just Democrat solutions. Plenty of our own resident Cop-haters view the police as embodiment of evil and big-government tyranny.

Rogue on January 19, 2016 at 9:33 AM

Commies do not accept police unless it is a Commie Police State.

The rule of law is the only thing between U S All and a commie police state.

Stand the ground.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on January 19, 2016 at 9:34 AM

Obviously we need universal background checks to prevent these people from getting guns.

/do I really need to?

Johnnyreb on January 19, 2016 at 9:34 AM

Why does the United States lock up more people than anyone else in the world?

Gee, I can’t imagine why. Could it have something to do with the New Deal, the Great Society and sundry? Democrats love to create a problem, then pretend to fix it with more things that cause problems. All while the stream of government money flows by to enrich them.

Fenris on January 19, 2016 at 9:35 AM

Why does the United States lock up more people than anyone else in the world?

To keep them off the streets, of course. Why do you ask?

Cleombrotus on January 19, 2016 at 9:38 AM

If true, that parole officer is toast, and should be. As a retired P&P officer, you simply do not fail to follow up on a call like that. You have the legal right to conduct a warrantless search of their residence and belongs at any time. And, you always take a uniform or more with you.

vnvet on January 19, 2016 at 9:39 AM

And who wants to work with Obama to put more of them on the street? Paul Ryan.

xblade on January 19, 2016 at 9:40 AM

My wife works in Danville and my father grew up in a big Catholic family there. It’s a town near and dear to my heart. It truly exemplifies the schism Charles Murray wrote about in Coming Apart: The State of White America 1960-2010. On one end of the spectrum you have diligent, hard-working, family-focused folks who would give you the shirt off their backs and on the other you have a perpetual underclass of folks who live off the government dole, don’t attend church, don’t discipline their children, pass off kids on grandma and grandpa and are constantly seeking their next high. Jones is of this stripe. We will continue to see horrors like this in places we don’t expect because the anchors (and fetters) that we once had as a society – hard work, family involvement, church and community involvement – are no longer emphasized by our culture and listless folks like Jones who are incorrigibly bad are never dealt with harshly. Prison is too nice these days. Guys like Jones simply see it as the cost of doing business.

adurb44 on January 19, 2016 at 9:44 AM

Gee, I can’t imagine why. Could it have something to do with the New Deal, the Great Society and sundry? Democrats love to create a problem, then pretend to fix it with more things that cause problems. All while the stream of government money flows by to enrich them.

You hit the nail on the head here.

adurb44 on January 19, 2016 at 9:44 AM

Democrats everywhere cheer when police officers are murdered…. by Democrats. Any sign of resistance to a commie police state from conservatives, though… even a protest, means immediate execution without benefit of a trial for any who dissent.

Vanceone on January 19, 2016 at 9:47 AM

More than 75% of the prison population is there because they and their parents have/had no respect for laws and society. Until we can change those attitudes nothing is going to happen.

Johnnyreb on January 19, 2016 at 9:48 AM

A few Judge Isaac Parkers could solve this problem for us. We need hanging judges appointed. Instead, our worthless politicians appoint pussy galores.

Old Country Boy on January 19, 2016 at 9:49 AM

Why does the United States lock up more people than anyone else in the world?

Because freedom is a double-edged sword.

A people liberated from the oppression of government will inevitably create individuals seeking to fill that vacuum for themselves.

Younggod on January 19, 2016 at 9:55 AM

John Jones says family members called Herschel’s parole officer last week to report that he had guns and drugs and was at risk of doing something bad. John Jones says nothing was done.

That’s ‘cuz it’s the NRA’s fault.

antipc on January 19, 2016 at 10:12 AM

More than 75% of the prison population is there because they and their parents have/had no respect for laws and society. Until we can change those attitudes nothing is going to happen.

Johnnyreb on January 19, 2016 at 9:48 AM

Take a look at the number that are there because they grew up in a fatherless home. Big Daddy government has replaced fathers…..only use for the real father by the government is a hefty check every month.

animal02 on January 19, 2016 at 10:12 AM

Democrats love to create a problem, then pretend to fix it with more things that cause problems. All while the stream of government money flows by to enrich them.

And here you thought it was all for the children.

antipc on January 19, 2016 at 10:15 AM

UTV added this note to the story about Federal Magistrate Evelyn Furse (who released Cory Lee Henderson)….

http://kutv.com/news/local/judge-who-paroled-man-who-shot-police-draws-criticism

A law enforcement agent who did not want to be named because he still works with both state and federal agencies, says discussion among his colleagues about Furse alleged that lenient release policies had been going on for at least two and a half years. The source says many feared that the release of some potentially dangerous prisoners by Furse “sooner or later something like this (officer shooting) would happen.

The live report last night also included a quote saying that Furst “had blood on her hands”. I would say that is very true.

LL

Lady Logician on January 19, 2016 at 10:16 AM

The ones out there demanding the prisons be emptied really don’t care how many cops are killed — no one would consider Bill de Blasio to be anywhere near as tough on crime as the previous two mayors of New York, and he just got through siding with Islamic activists in tossing the NYPD’s handbook on searching for potential Muslim radicals before the act.

Doesn’t matter to the hardliners, who were out in force Monday disrupting de Blasio’s Martin Luther King Day speech, claiming he still hasn’t done enough to hamstring the NYPD (and knowing the mayor, he’d probably be out there with the protestors if he didn’t think it might cost him a shot at re-election next year).

jon1979 on January 19, 2016 at 10:18 AM

Cases like this are tragic, yet appropriate examples of Democrat “solutions” to some of the challenges we face on the domestic front and how pitifully inadequate they are.

Oh not just Democrat solutions. Plenty of our own resident Cop-haters view the police as embodiment of evil and big-government tyranny.

Rogue on January 19, 2016 at 9:33 AM

As one of those resident cop-haters, I have to say, there was nothing tragic about either of those incidents. Criminally STUPID, yes. I accept that the police’s existence is a necessary evil.

Putting small time drug offenders in prison only transforms idiots into professional criminals.

However, once you have a violent drug dealer with firearms convictions, they should never be released early or allowed leniency. Prisons, like the police are necessary evils. They serve a valid place in society, when not abused by the government.

America has more people in prison than any other nation, because American politicians have passed so damned many laws, that every citizen is basically a criminal several times a day.

Do we need laws? Yes, we do. Do we need as many as we have? Absolutely not. America’s legal system/Injustice system has become nothing more than another source of revenue for the government.

America’s legal system/justice system should be about protecting the rights and lives of American citizens. Its laws should reflect that, they should be simple and easy to understand and easy to enforce. Violent and habitual offenders should be locked up for a very long time. Murders should be executed very quickly.

It should not take a Gestapo or KGB/Stasi styled police state to accomplish this. And yes, when you cannot tell the difference between a police SWAT Team and a Marine Corps Raiders Squad its because you are living in a Gestapo or KGB/Stasi styled police state.

The only justification for a civilian to kill another human being, is self defense, cops are human beings, they are not angels or demi-gods. They make mistakes just like everyone else does. Nobody deserves to be murdered just for doing their job.

The deaths of Officer Barney and Officer Cottrell, were not tragedies, they were acts of criminal stupidity within the Department of Injustice and that is exactly how they should be treated.

I’m not sure about the rest of the nation, but here in California, if you are part of a group committing a crime, and someone dies as a result of that crime, everyone in your group faces Murder charges. Whether you killed that person or not, if you were involved in the crime, you face murder charges.

Which ever idiot in the Department of Injustice that allowed those two men to be out on the street should be prosecuted the same way. Charge them with second degree murder or involuntary manslaughter and prosecute them. Perhaps if Judges had to pay for the consequences of their actions fewer police who do not deserve to die, would die.

oscarwilde on January 19, 2016 at 10:21 AM

Prison is not for reform. Prison is for punishment. Have them breaking up rocks all day and let’s see how much they want to run criminal activity from their prison cell or spend all day raping each other. We need to get back to the punishment aspect of prison.

Deckard BR on January 19, 2016 at 10:27 AM

There are so many ‘diversion’ programs that you have to really screw up bad the 1st time in order to be sent to prison.

Most of those so incarcerated have committed numerous offenses before finally winding up in the big house.

The libs get their way and release all these felons, guess we’ll be back to the high crime stats of the late 70’s.

And then the libs will be scratching their collective asses, wondering why crime rates are skyrocketing.

GarandFan on January 19, 2016 at 10:31 AM

And then the libs will be scratching their collective asses, wondering why crime rates are skyrocketing.

GarandFan on January 19, 2016 at 10:31 AM

No they won’t, they’ll be cheering an excuse for instituting an ever more oppressive police state. Liberals, like their Marxist brethren always make the assumption that they are immune to the oppression that they seek to place upon those who do not think like them.

They never learn the lessons of history which teach that the only people immune from the oppression of a tyrannical government are the most senior members of the tyrannical government.

oscarwilde on January 19, 2016 at 10:38 AM

If one group provides a financial disincentive for people to marry and raise their children with two parents to discipline and guide them instead of raising many children in single parent families and tries to make it harder for law-abiding people to carry firearms for protection and calls for the release from prison of thousands of “non-violent” offenders like drug dealers and blames the police for any encounters with criminals before facts are known and thus discourages them from doing their jobs, do you think they might have higher crime rates than a group that does the opposite things?

Things like — Not giving a financial reward for not marrying the father of your child and living together with him.
Allowing people without criminal records or history of mental issues to carry a legal weapon after adequate training in its handling and the laws on legal use.
Keeping drug dealers who have spawned lots of crime by their addicted clients in jail instead of letting them go back into business on the streets through early release.
Supporting the police who are doing their jobs and thoroughly investigating allegations of abuse before assigning blame.

Which group is more likely to keep you safe? This should not be a hard question to answer.

KW64 on January 19, 2016 at 11:02 AM

Obviously we need universal background checks to prevent these people from getting guns.

Johnnyreb on January 19, 2016 at 9:34 AM

Why do you Rethuglicans hate Obama?

/any libtard

roy_batty on January 19, 2016 at 11:23 AM

Why does the United States lock up more people than anyone else in the world?
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“Bleeding heart” liberal socialists, everywhere

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Our ‘qualifying standards’ for practicing FREEDOM have always been higher … But after WWII, American Christians (with exceptions) STOPPED doing the work of the ministry … then you throw in the Warren SCOTUS’ decision, banning ‘public recognition of God’, eventually more and more people ceased measuring-up to those higher ‘qualifying standards’ for practicing freedom.

In other words, more citizens stopped feeling any “guilt/stigma” over purporting criminal activity.

listens2glenn on January 19, 2016 at 12:19 PM

Why does the United States lock up more people than anyone else in the world?

That’s a question that gets asked a lot in Democrat circles and it’s a high priority subject in their primary debates. In some areas there is clearly room for a reexamination of sentencing guidelines and it’s not a subject conservatives should shy away from entirely. But at the same time, a rush to release as many prisoners as possible or to shuttle people off to “treatment centers” rather than jail or federal prison presents significant issues as well. We saw a couple of cases of this in recent days which ended in tragedy, taking the lives of two police officers.

I see it as a similar question to “Why is the government so big?”

That is, it’s a valid question, but the wrong question. Whether a law is good or bad is not so much “does it grow government” as “is this something government should be doing in the first place?”

If all you care about is the size of government, then military spending is always bad, because it always grows the government. But defending the nation is exactly what the government should be doing. Ever-expanding welfare schemes is what the government should not be doing.

If the government sticks to doing what it should be doing, then government will shrink over all, even if defense spending rises to meet a need.

It’s the same thing in this case. Yes, we should be concerned about the number of people who get locked up, but it shouldn’t dictate the release of people who rightfully should be in jail. And of course, the answer to the question, “Why does the United States lock up more people than anyone else in the world?” is this: we have more criminals. Partly because we’re a bigger country in the first place, and partly because there is a high crime rate in some parts of the country, notably, in black and Hispanic areas.

And we actually could do something about both cases. Welfare reform and cutting off all welfare benefits to anyone convicted of a crime are things the government could do. And since a high percentage — most? — of Hispanic crime is from illegal aliens, immigration reform could also cut down the overall crime rate considerably.

But just trying to “solve” the problem by letting criminals go free is just stupid. And entirely too much of it is done to pander for votes.

There Goes the Neighborhood on January 19, 2016 at 3:10 PM

The Pubs. in some cases are just as bad. Gov. Huckabee released a come to Jesus lifer who shortly after release shot and killed four police officers who were sitting in all night diner. That’s one of many reasons why I would never vote for the SOB.

they lie on January 19, 2016 at 3:15 PM

We keep locking ’em up while crime rates are lower

…..what a conundrum

Ya think there might be a connection?? NAW!!!!

E9RET on January 19, 2016 at 6:47 PM

These are only two of many stories, and we should keep them in mind when candidates rush to please the SJW by promising less prison time and more “fairness” in the system.

Regretfully, some of the GOP are on board with this, although possibly for different reasons. The shooting in Utah will, I hope, cause Mike Lee (who I otherwise like very much) to reconsider his support for sentencing reform aka early release. There are probably nuances in the bill that I don’t know about, but PowerLine is very much opposed and they are pretty savvy.

Gee, I can’t imagine why. Could it have something to do with the New Deal, the Great Society and sundry? Democrats love to create a problem, then pretend to fix it with more things that cause problems. All while the stream of government money flows by to enrich them.

You hit the nail on the head here.

adurb44 on January 19, 2016 at 9:44 AM

AesopFan on January 19, 2016 at 6:53 PM

Comments worth a look:

…We will continue to see horrors like this in places we don’t expect because the anchors (and fetters) that we once had as a society – hard work, family involvement, church and community involvement – are no longer emphasized by our culture and listless folks like Jones who are incorrigibly bad are never dealt with harshly. Prison is too nice these days. Guys like Jones simply see it as the cost of doing business.

adurb44 on January 19, 2016 at 9:44 AM


I’m not sure about the rest of the nation, but here in California, if you are part of a group committing a crime, and someone dies as a result of that crime, everyone in your group faces Murder charges. Whether you killed that person or not, if you were involved in the crime, you face murder charges.

Which ever idiot in the Department of Injustice that allowed those two men to be out on the street should be prosecuted the same way. Charge them with second degree murder or involuntary manslaughter and prosecute them. Perhaps if Judges had to pay for the consequences of their actions fewer police who do not deserve to die, would die.

oscarwilde on January 19, 2016 at 10:21 AM

Surprised that law has survived the Leftist domination of the state.
However, starting to prosecute judges for judicial decisions is a step down the wrong road. If they are elected, fire them. If they have life-time tenure (does anyone other than SCOTUS?) then change that law.

Why does the United States lock up more people than anyone else in the world?

I see it as a similar question to “Why is the government so big?”

That is, it’s a valid question, but the wrong question. Whether a law is good or bad is not so much “does it grow government” as “is this something government should be doing in the first place?”


It’s the same thing in this case. Yes, we should be concerned about the number of people who get locked up, but it shouldn’t dictate the release of people who rightfully should be in jail. And of course, the answer to the question, “Why does the United States lock up more people than anyone else in the world?” is this: we have more criminals. Partly because we’re a bigger country in the first place, and partly because there is a high crime rate in some parts of the country, notably, in black and Hispanic areas.

And we actually could do something about both cases. Welfare reform and cutting off all welfare benefits to anyone convicted of a crime are things the government could do. And since a high percentage — most? — of Hispanic crime is from illegal aliens, immigration reform could also cut down the overall crime rate considerably.

But just trying to “solve” the problem by letting criminals go free is just stupid. And entirely too much of it is done to pander for votes.

There Goes the Neighborhood on January 19, 2016 at 3:10 PM

Lee’s position, that drives his support of sentencing / prison changes, is that too many people are locked up and then their families are even worse off, as are the offenders when released; mucking up their welfare would make it worse (separate question from “should they be on welfare in the first place?”) — however, I think there is a rational line to be drawn between the compassionate conservative case (I don’t really think that is an oxymoron, although it’s legacy is tarnished) of small-time hoods, and violent repeat felons.

The same line-drawing problem is evident in sanctuary cities, where the PTB can’t seem to distinguish between peaceful gardeners and maids, and multiply-deported murderers.

AesopFan on January 19, 2016 at 6:59 PM