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logo yellowhammerBy Attorney General Steve Marshall
October 5, 2021

With the death of Sergeant Nick Risner this weekend, our state has lost 10 law enforcement officers in 10 months and 24 officers in five years.

Sergeant Nick Risner was killed by a man whose name isn’t worth mentioning. That man had killed before—in fact, he killed his own father. In 2013, the man was sentenced to ten years in prison for manslaughter. A mere two-and-a-half years after entering prison, he was given the benefit of a parole hearing. His parole was denied.

While in prison, the man racked up a lengthy rap sheet. Records indicate that he got into a fight and seriously injured another inmate. He was disciplined for disobeying a correctional officer. He got caught with drugs in his possession, twice. Naturally, the man was awarded “good time,” provided for in statute, for this stellar behavior while incarcerated. As a result, the man served three years, two months, and fifteen days of his 10-year sentence. He was released from prison in May of 2016. Had he served the full length of his sentence, he would have been in prison, not in the Walmart parking lot, last Friday afternoon when Sergeant Risner was shot.

Today we remember those lost to homicide and honor their memories. Victims of Crime need equal rights as defendants. They deserve to be respected, offered support, and given justice! We are here for you at VOCAL. We ask that you wear red or black colors on Saturday in honor of a victim of homicide. We will never forget.

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(Tonya Terry WSFA 12 News, Attorney General Steve Marshall/Facebook, YHN)

Late last month, the people of Alabama were repulsed to learn that former pastor and serial rapist, Mack Charles Andrews, Jr., was released from prison after serving only half of his 15-year sentence. What most Alabamians might not know is that Andrews was not released by mistake, not through error or misapplication of law, not by an especially lenient judge or parole board — Andrews was freed by broken policies adopted into law by the State of Alabama.

Read more on Yellowhammernews.com

Victims of Crime and Leniency (VOCAL) remembers our Alabama law enforcement officers who lost their lives in the line of duty. We are thankful for their dedication and courage. The brave men and women of law enforcement sacrifice their lives everyday protecting and serving our communities. Thank you!

V.O.C.A.L. Janette Grantham and Attorney General Steve Marshall present a wreath at the COPS Vigil last night on the lawn of the AG's Office. Families of slain law enforcement officers in Alabama attended.

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