Alabama’s State Auditor Jim Zeigler has called on President Donald Trump to support publicly hanging cop killers and wanted him to introduce the legislation during Tuesday’s State of the Union.
“I believe that to get the attention of a would-be killer who might kill a law enforcement officer, he needs to know that the old-fashioned public hanging has been brought back,” Zeigler told WVTM 13. Trump obviously did not include the legislation in his State of the Union.
Ziegler’s request follows the death of three Alabama officers over the past year, two of which were killed last month. While Ziegler agreed the request was extreme, he claimed it is necessary to get the attention of “would-be killers” since killing law enforcement officers is extreme.
I agree that public hanging is extreme, but also, killing a law enforcement officer is extreme. You’ve got to get the attention of these would-be killers in order for it to be a deterrent.
Birmingham Police Sgt. Wytasha Carter was fatally shot on January 13 during a burglary investigation. A week later, Mobile Police Officer Sean Tuder was killed on duty on January 20. Truder is the second Mobile officer to be killed in the last year.
In an article from the Trussville Tribune, it was reported that in an email to the president, Zeigler was very precise on the type of death he would like to see. The email also requested an ‘express lane’ for cop killers. Zeigler also requested that a federal law that gives the death penalty for killing a law enforcement officer if they are working with a federal agent should be expanded to cover all officers.
We need an ‘express lane’ for executions such as Texas has — maybe stronger. We need to stop these 20- to 30-year delays in executions at taxpayer expense. Justice delayed is justice denied. These potential killers are not deterred by what may happen to them in 30 years. They are thinking of instant gratification in the next 30 minutes — or 30 seconds.