Richard Poplawski complains of his treatment in jail and describes himself as mentally ill, according to the June 16 story.
I find it hard to believe that his actions on April 4 were because of mental illness. Unfortunately there are thousands of people struggling through their lives every day with some sort of mental illness. Some seek treatment and manage it. Some struggle without. Most do not commit crimes.
I think his actions were a result of out-of-control anger and hatred. Yet once again he wants to blame others and make claims of entitlement, which he seems to have been doing his whole life. I hope the court system will treat him as a serious and dangerous criminal and not a mental-health victim. The only victims on that day were the three heroic police officers who had their lives taken away, their families and friends, and the officers who were injured coming to the aid of their fellow officers.