According to the Officer Down Memorial Page, on July 5, 2005, Johnson brutally, and without provocation, gunned down Sergeant William McEntee of the Kirkwood Police Department as he spoke with a 13-year-old boy while on a call. Johnson, who had nothing to do with the call, approached Sergeant McEntee’s patrol car from the passenger side and opened fire, striking him several times. After Sergeant McEntee’s patrol car traveled a short distance and hit a tree, Johnson again approached the patrol car and shot him several more times.
Johnson’s first trial ended in a mistrial. In November 2007 Johnson was finally convicted of murder and was sentenced to death.
The “Free Kevin” Facebook campaign is reminiscent of the absurd, but seemingly undying, “Free Mumia” efforts underway across the country to portray convicted cop killer Wesley Cook (aka Mumia Abu-Jamal) – whom we’ll refer to as Pennsylvania DOC inmate #AM8335 – as some sort of victim of a corrupt justice system. For those who don’t recall, #AM8335 has been on death row since murdering Philadelphia Policeman Daniel Faulkner on December 9, 1981. In one of the most sickening displays of anti-cop liberalism ever displayed, #AM8335 was even honored by the Evergeen State University as the keynote speaker for their graduating Class of 1999.
An officer from a neighboring agency who was one of the first officers on the scene following Sergeant McEntee’s murder, had this to say: “I’m all for the death penalty, and I think we should send this scum to hell as soon as possible. To want to free a confessed and convicted cop killer is total ignorance on the part of every one of the 42 “group members.”
It has been reported that Dr. Dave Holley, principal of the Kirkwood High School, has intervened to curtail students’ Facebook activity in the past, however, he did not respond to requests for comment on this article.
Another Kirkwood-area officer familiar with the situation commented: “I am incredibly offended and disgusted by the material these students have posted. What is most disturbing about this whole thing is not just the fact that a group of teenagers wants to free a convicted murder; the administration at Kirkwood High School would rather ignore the situation than deal with a serious issue. Dr. Holley needs to take a moral stand.”