Slain Officer’s Wife Speaks Out

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Tells her emotional story and why she is supporting Reagan Dunn for AG

After the shooting, Reagan saw the need to reform bail laws to keep guys like Mark’s killer off the street.

Kim Renninger, wife of slain Lakewood police officer Mark Renninger, was the focus of a video recently released by the Reagan Dunn for Attorney General Campaign. Mark was tragically killed when Maurice Clemmons shot him and three other Lakewood officers on November 29, 2009.

According to the Seattle Times article published November 29th, 2009, just six days before the shooting, Clemmons was released on bail while facing charges of child rape, a crime that could have put him in prison for life under Washington's "Three Strikes Law." The judge in the case could not deny bail because the Washington State Constitution prohibited denying bail for these charges. Bail for Clemmons was set at $150,000 and Clemmons secured his release by paying just $15,000 for the bond.

According to the Seattle Times, in the aftermath of the shooting, leaders in law enforcement came together recognizing the need to change Washington State’s Constitution to give judges greater discretion to denial bail, and to help prevent tragedies like the one that occurred in Lakewood.

King County Councilmember Reagan Dunn, a former federal prosecutor and US Department of Justice Official, stepped forward to volunteer as the effort’s statewide executive director.

“A lot of people were there to help me through the tough days after Mark’s death. Reagan was one of them,” said Kim Renninger. “After the shooting, Reagan saw the need to reform bail laws to keep guys like Mark’s killer off the street.”

Dunn worked with law enforcement and brought together a bipartisan team of lawmakers in Olympia to send the proposed amendment to Washington’s Constitution straight to the voters.

Dunn then traveled the state meeting with committee organizations, members of the media, and local officials to help educate the public about the need for this change to bail laws, and the importance of approving what became to be known as the “Lakewood Law Enforcement Memorial Act.

“Reagan gave us all something to rally around that will make our communities safer,” said Renninger. “He was really there for us.”

On November 4, 2010, voters approved the amendment with 85% of the vote, one of the largest margins of victory for any ballot measure in State History.

“I’m honored to have Kim’s support,” said Reagan Dunn. “Keeping our communities safe – whether it’s in a courtroom or the political arena – is what this campaign is about.”

Kim’s video is available by clicking here

Nearly every newspaper and law enforcement group in Washington State has endorsed Reagan Dunn for Attorney General, including 40 elected sheriffs and the Washington Council of Police & Sheriffs, The Seattle Times, The Tacoma News Tribune, the Vancouver Columbian, and the Spokesman Review.

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