The following includes editorial content written by a retired Police Chief and current staff writer for Law Enforcement Today.
RIVERSIDE COUNTY, CA- How many more times are innocent people going to be killed by criminal thugs who should be locked up and instead are out on the streets, free to kill? Another example this week took the life of a California deputy, who was fatally shot during a traffic stop.
ABC-11 in Morrisville, NC reports that Riverside County Sheriff’s Deputy Isaiah Cordero, 32, was shot and killed in Jurupa Valley, about 40 miles south of Los Angles, when the driver of the vehicle shot him after being pulled over, police said.
That dirtbag—who should have still been locked up under California’s so-called “three strikes” law—found himself loose on the streets after a judge released him on bond.
The suspect, William Shea McKay is a convicted felon who has an “extensive violent past,” Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco said during a Thursday night news conference.
After the shooting, McKay fled the scene, leading to a massive manhunt. McKay ended up engaging officers in pursuit along several freeways in the area, finally crashing on Interstate 15 in Norco.
McKay was cornered by a BearCat tactical vehicle and ended up firing several rounds at deputies before he was sent to an early grave by responding deputies’ bullets, authorities said.
KTLA News filmed the incident and later showed the disabled truck, which had several bullet holes visible in the windshield.
According to Bianco, McKay had been involved in a number of assaults involving deadly weapons, and also was accused of stabbing a California Highway Patrol canine.
Just last November (2021), McKay was convicted of a host of felony charges, which should have marked his “third strike,” Bianco said. According to California state law regarding repeat felony convictions, McKay should have received 25 years to life.
Instead, he saw his bail reduced to $500,000, which he posted in March. He was released while his sentencing continued, the San Bernadino County District Attorney’s office said.
“This terrible tragedy should’ve been prevented by the legal system,” Bianco said, as reported in the Washington Examiner. “McKay has an extensive, violent past and was convicted of his third strike in November 2021.”
That case involved kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon. Instead of sentencing him to 25 years to life, which should’ve happened, the judge lowered his bail, allowing him to be released.”
In July, McKay received another continuance for sentencing, and then failed to appear at an October sentencing hearing, whereby a bench warrant was issued, prosecutors said.
Sheriff Bianco laid the blame for Cordero’s death squarely where it belonged—the judge in San Bernardino County Superior Court.
This is yet another example of legislation designed to protect the innocent and punish criminals which, while they look good on paper, are meaningless because they are not enforced.
This is similar to so-called “strict” gun laws, which are ignored when committed by criminals and only end up punishing law-abiding citizens, who bear the overwhelming brunt of such legislation.
ABC News reached out to the San Bernadino Court, which told the network it would not comment on the case at this time.
According to court records, McKay was found guilty on Nov. 8, 2021, of false imprisonment, evading a police officer, criminal threats likely to result in death or great bodily injury, and receiving stolen property. During the investigation, he was also found to be a felon who had numerous serious previous convictions.
In that case, McKay was found not guilty of kidnapping and kidnapping to commit robbery or rape. Following the verdicts, his bail was reduced from $950,000 to $500,000, despite a request from the District Attorney’s office that he be held without bail.
“Our Office upheld our oath of pursuing justice by prosecuting convicted felon McKay in November of 2021, however a failure in the process to separate McKay from society and hold him accountable for his crimes has resulted in the tragic loss of a law enforcement deputy,” San Bernadino County District Attorney Jason Anderson said in a statement.
It is unknown what interaction, if any, took place between Cordero and McKay prior to McKay gunning him down, Bianco said. He noted that body-worn camera footage of the exchange will be reviewed.
After the shooting, Deputy Cordero was transported to the Riverside Community Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries, authorities said.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-CA), who is an open advocate to lower the prison population in the state through light sentencing and bail guidelines, had the gall to issue a statement regarding the shooting.
“Jennifer [his wife] and I extend our deepest sympathies to Deputy Isiah Cordero’s family, friends, and colleagues during this difficult time,” Newsom said. “He served his community selflessly, and with dedication and courage. We owe him our respect, gratitude, and will remember his sacrifice.”
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