Alabama Official Calls For Public Hangings Of All Cop Killers

Alabama State Auditor Jim Zeigler wants a mandatory death penalty for cop killers with hangings in the public square.

Montgomery, AL – An Alabama elected official reached out to President Donald Trump to ask that he include a mandate for the death penalty for anyone convicted of killing a police officer in his State of the Union address.

In fact, Alabama State Auditor Jim Zeigler said in a statement released to the media that he would like to see those convicted hung in public, the Trussville Tribune reported.

“We need an ‘express lane’ for executions such as Texas has – maybe stronger,” Zeigler said. “We need to stop these 20- to 30-year delays in executions at taxpayer expense. Justice delayed is justice denied. These potential killers are not deterred by what may happen to them in 30 years. They are thinking of instant gratification in the next 30 minutes – or 30 seconds.”

And then he got very specific about the manner in which they should be executed.

“It would be more of a deterrent to the killing of officers if would-be killers witnessed others hanging in the public square,” Zeigler said. “Nothing else makes them think. Maybe hanging would.”

The state auditor’s request comes on the heels of the murders of three police officers in Alabama in the past 12 months. Two of those officers were killed in January.

Zeigler defended his stance to WTVM.

"I believe that to get the attention of a would-be killer who might kill a law enforcement officer, he needs to know that the old-fashioned public hanging has been brought back," he said. "I agree that public hanging is extreme, but also, killing a law enforcement officer is extreme. You’ve got to get the attention of these would-be killers in order for it to be a deterrent."

Zeigler said federal law already calls for the death penalty for anyone convicted of murdering a law enforcement officer who was working with federal agents.

He told the Trussville Tribune that law should be expanded to include all law enforcement officers.

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THEDUKE
THEDUKE

A public hanging would never be approved but all theory he otherwise mentions sounds legit. The expediting of the death penalty sentence by lethal injection with a 1 or 2 yr. maximum for any appeal process would be the more likely acceptable method. If no reversal then juice the offender and be done with their worthless self. If the offender wants a meaningless life so be it but that person does not have a right to bring anyone else along on the downhill ride....especially a LEO.

JimW164
JimW164

It may never be approved, but it's a great idea! Cop killers are worthless people anyway, so what difference would it make?

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

If someone is willing and able to kill a LEO, they will kill ANYONE. They don't give a rip about anyone but themselves. Injections sometimes don't work, they need to double up the dose or find another lethal means of execution. They had no sympathy for their victims, I have none for them.

ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

Anyone who kills a police officer has proven that he has no regard for law and order. I, too, think that this will never be approved, but I do want immediate (or very soon after sentencing) execution by any method of cop killers.

5150
5150

The same rules should apply to any murder IMO. 1st degree for sure. Public hangings would never happen, but I like his enthusiasm.

ManBearPig
ManBearPig

Let hang cops who kill unarmed civilians as well. Stop letting them hide behind a police badge

HonorYourHeroes
HonorYourHeroes

This isn't the Medieval Age, public hangings are of the past and should stay that way. Even if they're scum bags, that gives us no excuse to do that.

Bellabrewer
Bellabrewer

Any criminal who takes the life of another human being, needs to be punished by public hanging, I’ll donate the rope.

General Lee_01
General Lee_01

Medieval times? If this was Medieval they'd be beheaded by sword or the guillotine or drawn and quartered.

Hanging to me is an acceptable form of punishment. They didn't give two shits about how much their victim(s) suffered so therefore I don't care how much the offender suffers.

We have got to stop worrying about the offenders suffering and anguish. If you're convicted by a jury of your peers, you get one appeal at the state level. If the Supreme Court of that state upholds your conviction and sentence, then your appeal moves to the federal level.

If SCOTUS then upholds your conviction and sentence, your death warrant is signed and you are executed within 90 days.

No more 30+ years on death row filing frivolous appeal after appeal.

KCN
KCN

He's got my vote!

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

He’s in!!!!

Maudie
Maudie

Why just cop killers?

Mic911
Mic911

Hang'em high!!! This guy has my vote for sure!

Gap Filler
Gap Filler

Why just cop killers? While I agree with whole heartedly, public executions, swift and speedy should be brought back nation wide. Enough of this waiting 20, 30 year stuff! And cruel and inhumane? Was it uncruel and humane what they did to their victims? It's not like the exact same punishment is being metered out on them after all. We should bring back public hanging, firing squads, and the guillotine.

slo1942
slo1942

I LOVE IT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

new2lv2
new2lv2

As much as I agree with the public hangings myself, I would just be happy to see accelerated executions for the murder of law enforcement officers. I do agree the 30 years of appeals is a waste of time and money. Anyone feel like making lawyers rich over this non sense?

Grog
Grog

Summary execution!

Marxest
Marxest

Okay, public executions for cop killers? Okay, fine as long as they publicly execute people convicted of hate crimes too.