In the much too few 37 years Woody was with us he led a life that is an inspiration to many of his friends. As one friend put it, Woody left behind a legacy of good deeds. One can only imagine what Woody's ultimate legacy will be. At a time when many of Woody's friends are reeling form what they see as a slanderous misportrayal of him in the carefully crafted report of the Attorney General, designed to make his killing appear inevitable, a report that has yet to face the scrutiny of any serious investigative journalism, not alot of work has yet gone into exploring the varied kinds of long-term legacies Woody may leave. Perhaps a drive to uncover information, truth, and justice will be one of the first embodiments of Woody's legacy. This case, if successfully prosecuted, could set a strong precedent regarding the unacceptability of excessive force, which could in turn motivate changes in police training and procedures and ultimately in police culture. Such changes could save many lives, most of whom do not draw as much attention as Woody's because the victims are not white men gunned down in front of witnesses in a church.
Woody's legacy has already become tangible in a number of memorials to him.