“You might as well kill me before I die”

The Seattle Times posted a heavily-researched piece on Christopher Monfort on Sunday, which includes quotes from a jailhouse interview with the accused cop-killer:

[H]e remains fixated on police misconduct. He cites cases across the country — in Detroit; Everett; San Bernardino, Calif., — in which police were accused of brutality. Violent crime nationwide has fallen, yet “we’re still seeing a ridiculous amount of police brutality,” he says.

Why? “The problem is not just with the police,” he says. “The problem is with the citizens.”

Monfort is scornful of citizens — “Tories among us,” referring to supporters of the British monarchy — who lavish praise on police who “don’t even do their jobs.”

“We’ve got people who say police can do no wrong, ‘Oooh, it’s a tough job,’ ” Monfort says mockingly. “A tough job? If it’s so hard, quit.”

He also criticizes juries that twice failed to convict Schene. In both cases, juries deadlocked. The King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office recently said it would not try Schene a third time.

Monfort puts police misconduct in the context of the American Revolution, and salts the interview with references to Samuel Adams, the American Revolution-era Townshend Act (spelling the name out, correctly) and the exact order in which the signers of the Declaration of Independence inked their names.

“We ought not to lavish praise on the public official, but we should lavish praise on the Constitution,” Monfort says, claiming to quote Adams’ writings from a Colonial newspaper, the Public Advertiser.

Monfort’s attorney tried to subpoena the Times’ interview notes several weeks ago.