Open letter to City of Sandy, Chief of Police:
Dear City Commission, Mayor, and Police Chief,
Your time to avoid compounding a really, really bad mistake is rapidly diminishing. It was a very large mistake to hire Officer Bergin in the first place. All of the signs of a trigger happy cop wannabe were blatantly present before you hired him. There was more than ample opportunity to observe his tendencies during his explorer days, and while he was being "trained" to become a police officer. His trial service period is about to end, after which time he will have many more civil service and union protections for you to deal with in order to do what we all know that you will have to do some day, terminate his hot headed ass.
I am loathe to feel sympathy for any officer who shoots an unarmed citizen, but I do feel a little sympathy toward Deputy Willard, who felt forced to kill Fouad Kaady, after Officer Bergin felt the psychotic urge to completely discharge his taser into the bleeding and burned back of a naked, injured, and in Bergin's own words "catatonic" man, who was in shock, and needed medical attention. Nothing, I repeat NOTHING on God's earth could justify that action, which then accelerated a situation which was at the time completely under control, except for the cops with guns and too much adrenalin.
You cannot rectify this situation, as the victim is irrevocably dead. You might, however, avoid similar circumstances in the future, if you take the correct action at this time, and take his guns away from him and send him on his way. Failing this, may the Goddess help you. You deserve what you retain. When the law suits come flying in, and they will, remember this message. When citizens refuse to respect and pay for more officers, remember this message. Most of all, remember that by failing to act, you are tacitly approving the murder of an innocent young man.