Officer's Killer Had History Of Conte...

Officer's Killer Had History Of Contempt For Police

There are 68 comments on the NBC 10 Philadelphia story from Sep 25, 2008, titled Officer's Killer Had History Of Contempt For Police. In it, NBC 10 Philadelphia reports that:

A man who fatally shot a police officer after a traffic stop was paroled last month and had a warrant out for his arrest for fighting with police only a week after his release from state prison, authorities ...

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Cleanup

Allentown, PA

#1 Sep 25, 2008
Judge Bennett-Hamlin needs to be removed from the bench for letting this guy out early, and for failing to follow up with the charges on Giddings for the crimes he committed while inside. This is criminal neglect of duty on her part. There was nothing to recommend this guy for parole, a privilege, given his record while inside considered as a whole.
ATP

Philadelphia, PA

#3 Sep 25, 2008
Daniel Giddings, 27, was fatally shot by police on Tuesday afternoon. HE IS DEAD. JUSTICE WAS SERVED. MOVE ON
Ryan

Allentown, PA

#4 Sep 25, 2008
I seem to remember the scumbag that killed a police officer in May also "disappeared" from a half-way house. Obviously Half-way houses are not the answer. Keep the scum behind bars.
Alec Berg

Medford, NJ

#5 Sep 25, 2008
Cleanup wrote:
Judge Bennett-Hamlin needs to be removed from the bench for letting this guy out early, and for failing to follow up with the charges on Giddings for the crimes he committed while inside. This is criminal neglect of duty on her part. There was nothing to recommend this guy for parole, a privilege, given his record while inside considered as a whole.
This is really tragic but I can't blame the judge. Thousands of cases and criminals and the judge is supposed to know exactly who is reformed and who will go out and commit another crime?? It's a deeper issue than this.
Shapie

San Jose, CA

#6 Sep 25, 2008
They should put a rope around Gidding's Mother's head, tie it to the bumper of a squad car and drag that worthless piece of $hit through Philadelphia.

His entire family should be executed!

Since: Feb 08

United States

#9 Sep 25, 2008
Alec Berg wrote:
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This is really tragic but I can't blame the judge. Thousands of cases and criminals and the judge is supposed to know exactly who is reformed and who will go out and commit another crime?? It's a deeper issue than this.
I can absolutely blame the judge. DO you know what the reason his release was based on? The fact that he finished high school and got some decent grades. Because everyone knows that a HS diploma makes you a reformed and rehabilitated decent contributor to society right?
Mother Nature

Alexandria, VA

#11 Sep 25, 2008
Giddings was "family-oriented"?,a ccording to his family. At 18 sentenced for a car jacking in which he shot the victim in both knee caps. Guess he was showing his family that killing was wrong. Ahole had record going back to age ten.
Bad behavior in and out of jail?
Officer McDonald's defines "family-oriented" more than Giddings.
Commissioner Ramsey, pat all of your officers on the back, anyone willing to put thier life on the line to serve and protect need to be honored. Too many good men and women die helping those who do not care.
Unbelievable
#12 Sep 25, 2008
wifeofcop wrote:
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I can absolutely blame the judge. DO you know what the reason his release was based on? The fact that he finished high school and got some decent grades. Because everyone knows that a HS diploma makes you a reformed and rehabilitated decent contributor to society right?
Actually, his short sentence was based on his HS diploma - instead of 45 years, he got 12. His release was based on him saying he was "reformed" Didn't the parol board ever watch the Shawshank Redemption?

Since: Feb 08

United States

#15 Sep 25, 2008
Unbelievable wrote:
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Actually, his short sentence was based on his HS diploma - instead of 45 years, he got 12. His release was based on him saying he was "reformed" Didn't the parol board ever watch the Shawshank Redemption?
I apologize, you're right. I think the PB missed the Shawshank Redemption, they're too wrapped up in the Brady Bunch and Mickey Mouse CLub reruns. That's the only explanation I can come up with!
Alec Berg

Medford, NJ

#16 Sep 25, 2008
wifeofcop wrote:
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I can absolutely blame the judge. DO you know what the reason his release was based on? The fact that he finished high school and got some decent grades. Because everyone knows that a HS diploma makes you a reformed and rehabilitated decent contributor to society right?
Man I'm taking some hits on this issue today. I'm not saying that the judge didn't make a mistake, I'm just saying that judges have a really tough job and it's not easy to decide who is reformed and who is still a criminal. You can't ever know what another person is thinking, you can only use your best judgement on the evidence in front of you. If that makes me a liberal sympathizer than so be it.
Copsmom

Wilmington, DE

#17 Sep 25, 2008
I read in the Inquirer this morning that his criminal activity started at 10 years old. Usually at 10, you're still under your parents supervision. Apparently, there was little or none of that and he just graduated to more serious criminal activity. He had a lengthy rap sheet and should have never been out on the street!!!! Enough said!!

Since: Feb 08

United States

#18 Sep 25, 2008
Alec Berg wrote:
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Man I'm taking some hits on this issue today. I'm not saying that the judge didn't make a mistake, I'm just saying that judges have a really tough job and it's not easy to decide who is reformed and who is still a criminal. You can't ever know what another person is thinking, you can only use your best judgement on the evidence in front of you. If that makes me a liberal sympathizer than so be it.
How do you propose that a man who was literally kicked out of two different prisons for bad behavior could EVER be reformed or become a good and purposeful contributor to society? He was arrested and convicted for the first time at AGE 10. 10 years old. He should have still been playing with Match Box cars, but he beat up a mentally deficient neighbor. At 17, he shot somebody in the kneecaps while he ws trying to carjack his car. His reason? IT was self-defense. The guy owed him $500 for drugs that he was dealing for him. SO he decided to try and take his car and shoot him in the kneecaps. Then went to jail and like I said before got kicked out TWICE. Go ahead and tell me that he was rehabiliated. SO yeah, I CAN blame the judge on this one.
Cleanup

Allentown, PA

#19 Sep 25, 2008
It certainly is not difficult to look at the record of Giddings and see that he is a habitual violent offender, and that as such, that behavior is predictive, and that he is in no way a good candidate for parole. Parole literally means "the word," referring to the word of the inmate that they can be released upon their own recognizance. There is nothing to suggest that Giddings had any recognition when weighed against his record, especially in prison (two prisons had to remove him). This is not rocket science -- the judge, Lynn Bennett-Hamlin is a hazard and should be removed from overseeing public safety.
Cleanup

Allentown, PA

#20 Sep 25, 2008
PA gives judges way too much discretion, with ranges of decades possible for the same crime. That's why three strikes is needed in PA -- three violent felonies are sufficient to suggest that the person cannot be trusted in normal society, and needs life w/o parole. In states that have these laws, crime is at all time lows. In states with liberal judges given all the power, violent criminals are discharged into the heart of Philly everyday. It is killing cops off one by one.
nick

United States

#21 Sep 25, 2008
i feel bad for this and all fallen officers families ... but at least this scumbag was killed as well....
Cleanup

Allentown, PA

#22 Sep 25, 2008
Parole is meant to be exceptional, not used as a safety value for prison overcrowding. Parole is not a synonym for "we need more beds, so you are free to go."
Cleanup

Allentown, PA

#23 Sep 25, 2008
In PA, parole went from a rare award for an exceptional case of reform to a way to free up beds under the Democrats. Bills to tighten this system were shot down last year one by one. One was Perzel's call for limited possibility of parole for violent offenders. Who shot them down? Sorry to offend, but the Democrats. Rendell, O'Brien, Fumo, etc. How can I vote for Obama as president, when the Democrats in my own state are committed to this misuse of parole as a way to avoid tough decisions?
Copsmom

Wilmington, DE

#24 Sep 25, 2008
Alec Berg wrote:
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Man I'm taking some hits on this issue today. I'm not saying that the judge didn't make a mistake, I'm just saying that judges have a really tough job and it's not easy to decide who is reformed and who is still a criminal. You can't ever know what another person is thinking, you can only use your best judgement on the evidence in front of you. If that makes me a liberal sympathizer than so be it.
Alec, I have a question for you: Who do you think has the more difficult job in Philadelphia these days, the judges or the police?
Alec Berg

Medford, NJ

#25 Sep 25, 2008
wifeofcop wrote:
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How do you propose that a man who was literally kicked out of two different prisons for bad behavior could EVER be reformed or become a good and purposeful contributor to society?. SO yeah, I CAN blame the judge on this one.
Tell you what, if you run for the office of Judge I will vote for you. You need to walk a mile in another persons shoes.

Since: Feb 08

United States

#27 Sep 25, 2008
Alec Berg wrote:
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Tell you what, if you run for the office of Judge I will vote for you. You need to walk a mile in another persons shoes.
I tell you what, you become a cop and then I'll give you a cookie. THat's more than what most cops in Philly get anyway. You walk a mile in a cop's shoes or for day know what it's like to think your family member may now come home. You have no right to tell me about walking in other people's shoes. Anyway, I'm too busy cleaning all the guns in our house.

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