KHQ.COM - The family of Roy Jacobs Jr., the man killed in a confrontation with Spokane Valley deputies Saturday morning released this statement Saturday night to KHQ:
As the family of yet another Spokane Police Department shooting victim we would like to pose the following question:
When does the LAW become accountable for their actions?
They have been entrusted with the duty to protect and serve the Spokane community. They are supposed to preserve life, not take life. This is becoming an all too frequent event. We would like to point out that Roy Jacobs Jr. was a good and loving man. He was a father, a brother, an uncle and a friend. His life was valuable to many. While it is true that he had fallen upon hard times in recent years he was not a petty criminal as the police department is claiming. The police department would like the community to believe that they have rid the streets of yet another dirt bag, but that could not be further from the truth. Yes he had his fair share of problems and had difficulty maintaining continual employment as many individuals do in this day and age but he was not an everyday criminal that deserved to be gunned down by the police department. Civil Rights against "excessive force" exist for a reason. Roy Jacobs Jr. was a victim of excessive force and murdered by those paid to serve and protect. His entire family is distraught and saddened by the events. Our lives will never be the same without his smiling face and generous heart.
We live in a society plagued by violent acts on a daily basis and sadly we have become victims of those acts. A crime has been committed. Unfortunately our justice system is broken and this crime will be swept under the rug. After all, it's their story against a deceased man. Where does it end?
We pray for our loved one and any others who will become victims of the police department. Roy Jacobs Jr. may he rest in peace.
The Jacobs Family