When bad things happen to good people it always seems to hit us hard. Lately, we’ve been bombarded with horrific stories of police officers receiving vile threats, beaten and dumped over an embankment when trying to help a stranded motorist, and executed while simply pumping gas.
After Texas deputy Darren Goforth was gunned down, activists took to twitter to denigrate his memory and his “creepy perv eyes.”
But one young man who was eventually arrested by Deputy Goforth remembers him differently – and has the video to prove it.
Twenty-two-year-old Kenny Nguyen was no stranger to the police, or to Deputy Goforth.
“I remember back in the day I used to do a lot of bad things, and he was always the officer on duty,” Nguyen told a Texas news station, as reported by The Blaze. ”Last June, he finally did, after four years, he finally busted me.”
Nguyen said “Goforth was different” compared to other law enforcement officers.
“There was just a vibe he threw out. I never disrespected him,” he told KHOU.
A cellphone video, KHOU reported, captured Goforth and Nguyen joking around with each other.
“Who do we have here?” Nguyen said. “It’s my favorite cop.”
“There he is, Kenny Nguyen again,” Goforth said in the video.
Goforth arrested Nguyen in June on a criminal mischief charge after he hit a gate in the neighborhood the deputy patrolled.
“When he slapped the cuffs on me, he said, ‘You know how long I’ve been waiting for this?’” Nguyen told the news station. “I just looked at him and said, ‘I know, man, I know.’”
Nguyen said he appreciated that Goforth, knowing his past, “still talked to me like a regular person” when “it wasn’t about business.”
We all know what a tough job it is to protect and serve — especially in the times we’re living now. Police are on edge and crime is at an all time high in this country. Goforth, a 10-year veteran with the sheriff’s office knew that all too well. He came face to face with the ugliest part of what’s happening in this country and he paid the ultimate sacrifice.
Shannon Miles, the man accused of executing Goforth, has been arrested and is now being charged with capital murder. Of course now his attorney is claiming Miles has a history of mental illness. Miles was found to be mentally incompetent in 2012 following a fight he got into at a homeless shelter where he was staying. Because he was declared incompetent, the charges were dropped.
Of course this one instance will be used in his defense. Miles’ attorney, Jon Evens is also going to use testimony from Miles’ mother saying her son had a lifelong history of mental illness.
I would think anyone who commits cold-blooded murder has a mental illness. Wouldn’t you? This defense comes up all too often and used as an excuse. In this case, I’m hoping we’ll see some real justice. Texas does have the death penalty so I think they know how to handle this one.
Goforth leaves behind his wife, a 12-year-old daughter and a 5-year-old son.
The family of Freddie Gray, the black man killed in police custody in Baltimore, was just awarded $6.4 million dollars in a wrongful death settlement. I wonder how much the Goforth family will get?
RIP deputy Goforth. The nation thanks you for your service.
[Note: This article was written by Earl Hall]