This forum is not about hating cops, so don't send me any more email about how I hate cops. From our perspective it looks as if this situation was handled poorly. Brian was close friends with the Farmington Firefighters and Police. They helped him through other tough times. They are grieving too. Some of them have expressed their sadness, frustration and horror over this as well. I am not attacking them. This situation looks as if it was handled poorly and so far it has not been released who was in charge. Looks like a bad call by someone.
I am disturbed by the show of force. It looked excessive. I am disturbed by the Utah Highway Patrol officer to whom we commented, "I bet you get tired of this stuff." He replied, "No I love this stuff." I am disturbed by the Sniper running down the street licking his lips and grinning from ear to ear. I am disturbed by the huge pizza and cookie police party that happened just before it all ended. I am disturbed by the response the Farmington Police officer got when he was called into work early, arrived on the scene and told the UHP officers he was there to relieve them and they could go home . . . and they wouldn't leave. Were they staying for the pizza, the show or the overtime and hazard pay? It is possible it was something else. I am disturbed by 300 police officers to negotiate with one man. What were we negotiating? The police have made it clear that in this "negotiation" Brian had no demands.
Brian was a firefighter and he loved it. He loved the guys he worked with. He was an EMT and he loved saving lives and was an awesome father and member of the community.