Although it’s doubtful that Jonathan Snowden has any real awareness of the difference between right and wrong, police lives matter, too. Snowden was charged Friday for destroying the memorial to a police officer killed in the line of duty.
“It’s frustrating and terribly wrong,” Steve Pierson, the father of the fallen officer, told ABC affiliate WHAM.
Snowden pleaded not guilty to fifth-degree arson, a misdemeanor, and third-degree criminal mischief, The Democrat & Chronicle reports.
The memorial was a small blue and white cross to honor the death of Rochester police officer Daryl Pierson, who was fatally shot while pursuing a suspect last fall. The cross had the date of Pierson’s death and “EOW” which stands for “End of Watch” written on it.
The memorial has since been replaced.
“Lately in the national news, it’s not a surprise that some people don’t like the police,” Lt. Richard Waldo, a Captain at the Rochester Police Department, told the station. “So it’s not surprising for me as a police officer to see someone damage something to remember us.”
Thomas Johnson III was convicted of aggravated murder in May for shooting Pierson in the chin during a police pursuit. He was sentenced to life in prison without parole plus 55 years for other crimes.
Pierson and his partner Michael DiPaola began pursuing Johnson late one night September of last year. During the chase, Johnson turned and fatally shot Pierson.
DiPaola continued chasing Johnson and shot him. The shot wounded Johnson and allowed him to be arrested.
A video obtained by the Democrat & Chronicle shows the entire incident, but it is graphic and may be disturbing to some viewers.
This report, by Casey Harper, was cross-posted by arrangement with the Daily Caller News Foundation.