Very unfortunately, the killing of two young police officers — Alyn Beck and Igor Soldo — and a concerned citizen named Joseph Robert Wilcox, is without a doubt considered domestic terrorism because they
were carried out by U.S. citizens on U.S. soil.
According to a memo produced by the FBI’s Terrorist Research and
Analytical Center in 1994, domestic terrorism was defined as “the
unlawful use of force or violence, committed by a group(s) of two or
more individuals, against persons or property to intimidate or coerce
a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in
furtherance of political or social objectives.”
It is totally incomprehensible that such an act could have happened in
the fairly early hours on a Sunday morning when the officers were
having a quick lunch to continue patrolling our streets, protecting
and serving us from criminal elements.
Do we need to assume that our officers are not allowed to eat lunch or
dinner any more for fear of the people around them? Can we expect them
to go into public places with their guns drawn to secure the areas
where they sit?
I have spoken to some people who claim that Amanda and Jerad Miller
were the exact replicas of Bonnie and Clyde of the 1900’s, which I
don’t believe because according to history, even though Bonnie Parker
was present at a hundred or more felonies during her two years as
Clyde Barrow’s companion, she was not the machine gun-wielding killer
portrayed in the newspapers.
In my opinion, Amanda Woodruff Miller was a cold-blooded murderer. She
is the one who shot Joseph Robert Wilcox to death, in the back.
Has anybody noticed that all these cold-blooded murderers are nothing
but cowards? They always shoot themselves after the fact, because they
don’t have what it takes to face justice and encounter the death
penalty that they deserve.
Two things are in my mind: 1) If you suspect criminal activity and the
possible murder of innocent people — as the neighbor of the Millers,
who claims that Jerad Miller showed her a number of Nazi symbols on
the morning of the attack and told her “I’m going to put one of those
on every cop we kill” — wouldn’t you be concerned and contact
authorities, even if you considered them best friends? 2) Would
authorities consider that valid information or simply ignore it as
This story will not have an end. The community lost three good people
and two bastards.
How do you explain to children why Daddy is not coming home tonight?
How do you explain to them that in just one week Daddy will not be
here to open his Father’s Day gifts? How do you explain to a mother
that her son will not be returning home because he was a good citizen
who tried to save the life of others?
None of those questions has an adequate answer.
My deepest condolences to the family of officers Alyn Beck and Igor
Soldo, and to all members of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police
Department, and to the family of Joseph Robert Wilcox, especially his
mother, who is the one who will suffer his loss for the rest of her
Of course, I cannot forget to send my sympathies (not my condolences,
just my sympathies) to the mothers of Amanda (Woodruff) Miller and
Jerad Miller, for the fact that their wombs brought forth such
children into the world.
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Perly Viasmensky is the General Manager of the Las Vegas Tribune. She
writes a weekly column in this newspaper. To contact Perly Viasmensky,
email her at pviasmensky@lasvegas tribune.com.