Cop “Gifts” Attempted Murderer in Court with Bottle of Lotion
Kevin Rojas ambushed and shot an undercover Jacksonville police officer multiple times during a traffic stop in 2016 was sentenced to life behind bars this past Wednesday. In March 2016, Rojas had an altercation with his girlfriend when he produced a gun, fired it a few times and indicated the day may be his last. Rojas then took off in a car and began driving erratically. That’s when the officer who was taking his son to school decided to pull Rojas over. That’s when the then 19-year-old began shooting through the windshield of the officer’s car. Three bullets hit the officer, including in the face. Luckily, the officer’s son was not struck. The officer fired back as Rojas ran away. Rojas then stole a truck and raced back to his neighborhood, barricading himself inside his home after crashing the truck at a neighbor’s house. Rojas was shot after police officers said they saw him through the sliding-glass door pointing a gun at them. Rojas was shot in the torso, leg and hand. In court the officer, a former Army soldier, called Rojas a coward. “I will take those bullets instead of a fellow officer and an innocent bystander,” the officer said. “When I brought the fight back to you, you ran like a coward.” The officer then took out a tube of K-Y Jelly, a personal lubricant, and said: “You are going to need a lot of this.”
As a lifelong resident and taxpayer in Duval County I wasn’t amused. Even under pressure, I expect police officers to be better than the rest of us. Yes, I expect them to uphold the dignity and respect of their position regardless of how they personally feel about an individual or situation, 24/7. Last I checked, being a police officer is a choice. Dealing with violent criminals is unfortunately, a part of the job. This is Jacksonville NOT Pleasantville. Rojas clearly would have shot anyone who crossed his path. Anyone.
If it hasn’t already occurred, this undercover police officer needs counseling and some more time off before returning to duty as he’s clearly still very traumatized. According to the Times-Union, the officer had “no comment” when later asked about the prop. Despite many in Jacksonville being amused by and even encouraging such theatrics, I think this officer later realized he did the JSO no favors by acting out. At this point, keeping quiet is a good choice, getting well would be even better.
When we allow people in authority positions simply because they are just like us, we’re choosing familiarity but subscribing to mediocrity. This is how as a country we went from President Barack Obama to President Donald Trump because too many American citizens want a leader who is just like them instead of someone better. When will this lesson be learned?