AMEN.Regardless of Ofc Taulbee's personal life or demeanor, in this situation he was doing the job he was sworn to uphold. He responded to a call for assistance. A call that officers around the world respond to every day. Appalachian American sounds like one of those people who bitch just to hear themselves. Too bad you're too ignorant to gather some information before shooting your mouth off. In the end, one must realize that if police don't chase the badguys then who will. You? I think not. When you think about insignificant traffic violations and what they yield I always remember whet I think was the most important traffic stop ever made. A vigilant Oklahoma State Trooper stopped a guy for the most insignificant violation of having an unsecured license plate on his vehicle. Long story short, that car was operated by Timothy McVey who had just bombed a federal building. Police officers are taught to stop peop;le for minor infraction because they sometimes reveal greater crimes. And why do we as a civilized people hold the muder of our police officers to a different standard than the murders of our civilian population? That's a easy question to answer. Law inforcement is the line between civil organization and chaos. No one wants a worls where anarchy rules. We not only want but demand that law enforcement be there to protect our families and property to the best of their ability. When one is killed in the line of duty, it shocks the conscience that someone has wrongfully taken one of our defenders. All accused are entitled to a fair and speedy trial. However, I hope this young man realizes what he has done and fully cooperates with law enforcement so that a trial is unnecessary and he can serve his time in peace. Ofc Taulbee leaves behind a wife and two children as his legacy. After typing this out I came to a realization: A police officer knows that he may lose his life before his tour of duty ends that day. If he does lose his life, he knows that his brothers and sisters will carry on and fill the void that he has left. His brothers and sisters will continue to watch over HIS family in his absence. With this knowledge he has peace. Who will watch over your family if you were taken from them? "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God."- Matthew 5:9
To the Taulbee family:
I hope you are not reading this but if you are, your dad and husband was a great man. He was well thought of across the commonwealth. Don't pay attention to the negative. His brothers and sisters have yours and his back.