November 29th is a tragic anniversary in American history. It was exactly one year ago today that four police officers in Lakewood, Washington were murdered in cold blood while they ate at a local coffee shop.
The killer, Maurice Clemmons should have been locked up for 108 years. Instead, then Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee commuted his sentence after Clemmons served only 11 years in prison.
It seems Huckabee, a former Baptist Preacher, is a very forgiving man. He did this with at least 1,032 other prisoners. Apparently if you accepted Christ in your life, it was like a get out of jail free card in Arkansas when Huckabee was Governor.
I reread Huckabee's statement released the day after the slayings. I thought I might see an ounce of remorse, but there was none. This was the best he could come up with in an interview two days after the slayings with Bill O'Reilly on Fox News, "I'm responsible for that, and it's not something I'm happy about at this particular moment."
Four family's lives were forever tragically changed, when they lost their husband, mother, father, brother, sister, son and daughter.
The Lakewood police department lost four of its family when Officers Mark Renninger, Tina Griswold, Gregory Richards, and Ronnie Owens were gunned down. The best that Governor Huckabee could come up with was that he was "not happy about it."
I wrote on this subject back in April also in the Huffington Post.
Governor Huckabee, as you consider running for President of the United States, I would hope that you would take this opportunity one year after these brutal murders to apologize to all the victims of this tragedy.
It takes a man of strong character to take responsibility for his actions.