Ken Schram: An insult to the memory of murdered officer

I can't get past the decision to give an accused cop killer his very own TV set.

Christopher Monfort is being held in the King County Jail awaiting trial in the murder of Seattle police officer Timothy Brenton and the attempted murder of officer Britt Sweeney on Halloween night three years ago.

I won't even get into why it will take almost four years before Monfort's trial finally gets underway.

Monfort's being held in isolation; an ultra-security inmate who is kept from other inmates because he's paralyzed.

He's paralyzed because when police went to arrest him, he pulled a gun and pulled the trigger.

The gun misfired. Police shot him.

That's why he's in a wheelchair.

So now we have Claudia Balducci, who heads up the detention system, deciding that poor Mr. Monfort is lonely and needs some type of interaction with other people.

Hence, he gets his own personal TV.

I don't give two hoots or a damn as to what contrived logic Balducci uses to try to justify this.

The only conclusion that can be reached here is that providing Monfort with a TV is an insult to the memory of Officer Brenton and another brick in the wall to the public's perception that our criminal justice system is going to hell in a hand basket.


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