(KUTV) — The family of fallen officer Cody Brotherson plans to push lawmakers in 2019 to implement tougher penalties for people who put police in harm’s way.
“If a police officer is injured or killed while you’re committing a crime, regardless of your age, we believe that you should be tried as an adult so that you face adult consequences,” said Jenny Brotherson, his mom.
Cody was a West Valley City officer who died in 2016 when three juvenile males ran over him as he was putting out spike strips to stop their stolen vehicle. They were tried as juveniles.
Jenny also wants harsher sentencing requirements for people who run from police, regardless of whether anyone is hurt.
“We knew we wanted to have a law passed in his honor, in his name related to protecting our officers,” she said.
Jenny has another son who is now an officer, so she says this is something she’ll keep pushing until lawmakers act. She wrote letters and tried to drum up support last year unsuccessfully. She hopes to use her experience to be successful this year.
Jenny says her family stops at the Utah Law Enforcement Memorial every time they visit the State Capitol, where Cody Brotherson is one of 142 names.
Two more names will be added in May: Assistant Chief Dennis Vincent of Brigham City Police Department, who died of an aneurysm after taking the annual fitness test, and Officer David Romrell of South Salt Lake Police.