Officer who was ambushed in line of duty defends Greitens - KMOV.com

Officer who was ambushed in line of duty defends Greitens

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Sgt Tom Lake. Credit: KMOV Sgt Tom Lake. Credit: KMOV
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

While some are calling for Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens to resign due to accusations of wrongdoing connected to an affair, one retired St. Louis police officer is coming to his defense.

Sgt. Tom Lake was shot in the face while sitting in his patrol car near the intersection of Hampton and Pernod in November 2016. He recently wrote an op-ed piece that appeared in American Military News supporting Greitens.

In the piece, Lake writes that “law enforcement has had few better friends in high office than Gov. Eric Greitens.” Lake says Greitens stood by him after he was ambushed.

“He’s done more for me than any politician in the City of St. Louis. That’s the governor of the State of Missouri and it’s very humbling for me,” Lake said.

Lake is also critical of St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner, whose office recently indicted Greitens.

“Kim Gardner is the most anti-law enforcement Circuit Attorney to ever hold the job,” Lake wrote.

Lake calls the case against Greitens a political witch hunt.

“If you look at how much media attention this is getting, it is getting like wildfire because of the media attention and we’re spending money the city doesn’t have that could be spent on resources to help the city,” Lake said.

Lake says other officers have told him it is difficult to get charges issues in cases unless there is what he calls “almost unrealistic evidence.”

A spokesperson for the Circuit Attorney’s Office says charges are issued in anywhere from 48 percent to 53 percent of cases presented to prosecutors. The spokesperson added those numbers are in line with the national average and with the previous Circuit Attorney.

The Circuit Attorney’s Office says Gardner helped with the prosecution in the in Sgt. Charles Lowe ambush case and added that Gardner sat with Lowe and his wife in court throughout the trial, verdict and sentencing. The Circuit Attorney’s Office also said Lowe expressed his gratitude.

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