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What do you suppose the

Double tap!

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The inquiry into her case

The inquiry into her case will be run by Salt Lake County's Unified Police.

Utah Nurse Arrested Over Blood Draw: This Shouldn’t Happen Again

Well, there you go...

We will wait for the "investigation"... of the police investigating... .

... themselves!

The officers weren't even put on (paid) leave until the video went public. Going to be trouble burying this one.

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Follow up:

Follow up:

Utah hospital tell police to stay away from nurses after arrest of Alex Wubbles

I can't cut and paste from that article, but two interesting points:

1. Police have been banned from patient areas, and direct interaction with nurses, and

2. Wubbles holds the university police and hospital security at fault for not intervening.

I don't necessarily agree with those things, but they are an interesting development.

UPDATE:

Chief: Officers should have protected nurse at U of U

It's virtue signaling when done in hindsight, but this policy could lead to interesting confrontations.

For that reason, I think it's just puffing.

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It didn't look to me as if

It didn't look to me as if the hospital guards were armed. For that reason I can understand, at least in part, why they hesitated to confront the uniformed assailant wearing a police uniform and a loaded sidearm. Yes, they were deficient in not defending the nurse.

Second point against the officer. He stated that he would be bringing the hospital all the homeless victims and take all the "good patients" ( those with insurance) to other hospitals. The officer was employed by a contract ambulance service. That statement got him promptly FIRED from the ambulance service. Something the police department should have already done for his"services" with them.

full story: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4857130/Utah-police-officer-film...

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Ohio news photographer

Ohio news photographer reportedly shot by deputy while setting up to take pictures of traffic stop

“He said there was no warning, no ‘show me hands’ or ‘drop what you have,'” the paper owner said, while changing Tuesday’s front page to reflect his son’s shooting around 3 a.m.

From the hospital, Grimm retraced his steps leading up to the shooting, wondering what caused the deputy to reach for his gun.

“Until I hear his side, I guess I won’t know what I did wrong,” Grimm said.

Cop shoots Ohio journalist at traffic stop after confusing camera, tripod for gun

Shoot first, and sort them out later!

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Saylor, a 26-year-old with

Saylor, a 26-year-old with Down syndrome, was at a movie theater with a health care aide watching “Zero Dark Thirty” in January 2013. The movie had finished, but Saylor didn’t want to leave the theater after the film ended, hoping to watch it again.

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Officers responded to a call

Officers responded to a call from Faulkenberry’s son, who said his dad was drunk and waving a gun around. Surveillance video used to clear his name shows a different picture: Faulkenberry was standing still with his arms raised when deputies approached him with their guns drawn and forced him to the ground.The video shows another version of events, and deputies never recovered a handgun at the scene. In March 2016 Faulkenberry never even owned a gun.

Man awarded $1.3M after surveillance video contradicts deputies’ version of arrest

It's all fun and games until the video comes out.

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An Oklahoma City man was


An Oklahoma City man was fatally shot by police as neighbors shouted that the man was deaf and could not hear officers' commands to drop a metal pipe he was holding, police said.

Sanchez’s neighbor, Julio Rayos, 37, told ABC News that Sanchez would "always" carry the pipe with him, mainly to shoo away the stray dogs that would roam the Shields-Davis neighborhood, south of downtown Oklahoma City.

Police shoot and kill Oklahoma City man as neighbors shout that he is deaf

This guy lives in the neighborhood, and is well-known, and his neighbors have no fear of him.

The cops wander into the neighborhood on an unrelated matter, and the citizen gets up from sitting on his porch, to see what is going on. The cops start screaming at him to drop the item in his hand. He (1) can't hear them and (2) the thing is taped to his wrist.

However, because he did not "obey police instructions," they ruthlessly blow the guy away in his front yard.

... At least the cops got to go home safe that day!

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The protest of the national

The protest of the national anthem by NFL players took on added intensity last month when Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett was briefly detained outside a Las Vegas casino.

The player was high critical of how he was treated, blasting across social media that he was targeted “simply being a black man” and the officers used excessive force that was “unbearable.”

…this coming from a 6′ 4″ 274 lb. professional football player.

Bennett’s inflammatory words included the claim that an officer threatened to “blow my f**king head off.”

But, as is often the case of late when it comes to volatile incidents involving claims of racism, video of the incident, to include body cameras worn by officers, paint a whole other story.

Cops demand apology! Footage proves NFL Seahawks player lied about racial profiling, excessive force

It's all fun and games until the video comes out!

This time the cops were protected by the video.

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Charlotte police video shows

Charlotte police video shows man with hands up before fatal shooting

Guy calls police to turn in a gun. The police show up and see that he has... a gun! They then scream at him intelligibly, he raises his hands, and they shoot him.

Brilliant police work.

Just a reminder, these are the people we pay to protect us.

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An innocent man was shot and

An innocent man was shot and killed by police Thursday after a "swatting" prank led authorities to a home in Kansas, officials say.

Unarmed man killed by police after ‘swatting’ prank in Kansas

You've heard this story by now. The "swatter," has, correctly been arrested and charged.

But what about the police response? The flimsy, and by now most skeptical excuse that he "reached for his waistband" is tiresome. The video isn't clear enough to determine whether the citizen did - however, I don't think it matters. The fact that there were multiple police there, and only one cop fired one shot (police usually unload multiple shots when they are responding to a perceived threat) points to a itchy trigger finger, or hyper-adrenaline twitch, rather than a deliberate or calculated response to a perceived threat. Anything after that is almost certainly deliberate cover-up.

The family is, justifiably, pursuing lawsuit against the police.

This is clearly another example of an innocent citizen, acting lawfully, blown away by a hyped-up cop.

Well, at least the cop got to go home safe that night.

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Agents with the Georgia

Agents with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation are looking into an officer-involved shooting in Walker County where a deputy shot and killed a man in his Rossville home.

After the 911 call claiming there could be a murder-suicide in progress, deputies surrounded the home and GBI officials said those deputies stated several times who they were, but the family members said they were sleeping and didn’t hear the deputies.

When Mark Parkinson, who lives in the house, finally heard the commotion outside, he got out of bed to see what was going on.

He was armed, looking through a window, and that’s when Deputy John Chandler fired a fatal shot.

The victim’s wife, Diana Parkinson, said her husband would have never had the gun out if he had known there were police officers on the property. She said they didn’t know who was there.

Man shot, killed by deputies after 911 call claiming woman was trying to kill family members

Innocent citizen goes to sleep in his own house, police kill him when he wakes up to investigate noise.

Stagg said they were asleep when Parkinson heard their three dogs barking from inside the residence. Parkinson retrieved his firearm for protection, Stagg said. Parkinson and his wife Diana then went into the kitchen area and heard someone banging on the kitchen window, Stagg said.

Within seconds, three shots were fired, with one striking Parkinson's jugular vein (throat area), causing him to bleed to death, the lawyer said.

Diana called for Amy to come downstairs and call 911, he said. Amy, a registered nurse, began to administer aid to her father by applying pressure to his neck, Stagg said.

Stagg said the family waited 3-5 minutes until paramedics and law enforcement arrived, believing that an unknown assailant had shot and killed Parkinson through the kitchen window. Stagg said no one in the family heard the knocking on the door or the three deputies announcing their arrival.

Stagg said Parkinson and Diana did not see law enforcement outside the residence and, to their knowledge, an unknown someone was simply banging on their kitchen window at 3 a.m.

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Stagg said family members say the three deputies did not enter the residence after the shots were fired. He said it's standard procedure, in such cases, for law enforcement to enter the residence to provide aid and secure the area.

When more law enforcement arrived after the Parkinsons called 911, no one told them it that a deputy had fired the fatal shots, Stagg said.

One hour later, Diana was taken to the Rossville Police Department to be interviewed, which is when she learned from the GBI that the shots that killed her husband came from Chandler, Stagg said.

Attorney provides more details on fatal officer-involved shooting in Walker County

Based on this fact pattern I do NOT believe the officer identified himself, or certainly not in any way that allowed those inside the house to know there were police outside. Sirens, flashing lights, etc? These guys were skulking around the property, not properly identifying themselves, and fired when they saw a threat. They knew they screwed up.

“When I talked to his wife last night, she told me that he died protecting us," Bryan added. "I said, he would have done it today, tomorrow, and the next day.”

UPDATE: GBI investigating deadly officer-involved shooting in Rossville

Well, yes, had he not taken the errant police bullet, they may have killed another of his family instead.

No officers were injured during this incident.

... Well... at least the cops got to go home safe!

Anyway, the grieving family can now look forward to the phony "investigation".

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On the evening of Dec. 30,

dupe

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On the evening of Dec. 30,

On the evening of Dec. 30, Danielle Maples was making nail polishes with her children. The atmosphere in her home changed when her husband threatened to hurt himself. Maples called 911 to get help.

Then after police arrived – as she and her husband stood outside their home unarmed – she heard two gunshots from inside.


A Wichita police officer fired at her dog – in a small living room occupied by her four children, ages 6 to 10.

When the officer shot at the family dog in the same room where her four children were gathered, a bullet fragmented and ricocheted off the concrete floor beneath the carpet where her 9-year-old daughter sat. The girl suffered wounds above her eye. At the hospital, Maples saw a bag with three fragments taken from her daughter’s forehead.

Officer shot at dog in room full of children, wounding 9-year-old and alarming mom

The dog brought it upon himself. If he had only followed police instructions, this never would have happened.

“Chief Ramsay seems to be a nice guy, but he doesn’t need to be concerned about the media,” O’Hara said. “He needs to be concerned about his police force.”

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A lookout was broadcast for

A lookout was broadcast for Ghaisar’s Jeep, with the vanity plate “BIJAN” on the back, Park Police said. A Park Police officer soon spotted the Jeep on the parkway, heading south into Fairfax County, and began pursuing it with emergency lights and siren on, a recording of the officer’s transmissions shows. There is no indication why the police chased a vehicle from a non-injury fender-bender with such urgency, and a Park Police spokesman declined to comment Thursday. The pursuing officer reported that the vehicles were traveling 59 miles per hour on the southern end of the parkway.

Then at 7:41 p.m., after Ghaisar pulled off the parkway and into a residential neighborhood in the Fort Hunt area, two Park Police officers shot him repeatedly as he sat behind the wheel of his Jeep. Ghaisar was unarmed and struck three times in the head, his family said. He died ten days later.

Park Police shooting victim was rear-ended by another car at start of incident, then fled, report says

FBI has taken over the investigation. Supposedly there is a video. This will be interesting as it unfolds.

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UPDATE on the last post:

UPDATE on the last post:

Here is the video. There was no imminent thread when the officers unloaded, and since the guy stopped at a stop sign, little claim can be made that he was endangering the public.

Video Shows Man Evade Police Multiple Times Before Shooting

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An FBI agent shot and killed

An FBI agent shot and killed a Montgomery County kidnapping victim during a predawn operation in northeast Houston, according to law enforcement sources.

Kidnapping victim shot in FBI 'operation' in Trinity Gardens area

Ooops.

UPDATE:

I guess the guy was bound to a chair.

Didn't "follow police instructions," I suppose.

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When Mike Becker received the

When Mike Becker received the frantic call on Tuesday that a gunman was threatening his family at the nearby Dollar General, he said he immediately took off with a handgun.

When police arrived minutes later, witnesses said, Becker dropped his handgun, raised his hands — and then an officer with a rifle shot him in the hip.

Man shielding family from gunman complied with cops, witnesses say, but was still shot

He didn't show his hands... err.. I mean he didn't follow police instructions.... uh, I mean he made a furtive move... uh.... I mean...

No officers were injured.

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This is a screwy story, but

This is a screwy story, but the ending is the same:

"Go down to your face. Hands out in front of you. Slowly go down to your face,'' Hearst said he ordered the suspect.

Hearst noticed Hayes' eyes darting around, and thought he was either looking for an escape route or an officer to shoot. Although Hearst never saw a gun on Hayes, he testified that he was sure Hayes had a firearm on him, since a witness had described a gun used in the robbery that morning and heard the suspect had run away from another officer earlier holding his waistband.

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Then Hearst did fire three shots, when he said Hayes brought his hand to the front of his waistband.

Portland officer said he fired AR-15 rifle at Quanice Hayes to defend himself, other officers

The kid who was shot doesn't seem to be a saint, and was a suspect in an earlier robbery, and so started the series of events that led to his demise.

However, the "reached for the waistband" excuse is just tiresome, and I don't buy it anymore - either whether it happened, or, if so, as an excuse to automatically unload.

"The reach for the waistband is a very good reason for officers to elevate their awareness of the potential threat—but at that point it's still just a potential threat," Seth W. Stoughton, a former police officer and assistant law professor at the University of South Carolina, told Sottile. "It isn't an actual threat until officers have some sort of confirmation there's a weapon there."

Quanice Hayes’ Final Night Filled With Misguided Decisions That Led to Tragic Police Shooting

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Office is standing beside car

Office is standing beside car as it is backing out of driveway. Officer starts blasting away, and injured passenger spins car around. Office jumps out of the way, and starts blasting away again from beside the car.

Video captures encounter that ended in fatal Seattle police shooting of suspect in Ravenna

The usual "I though he was going to run me over" scam.

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Police in Amarillo shot an

Police in Amarillo shot an innocent man who helped foil a possible church shooting.

... Joshua Len Jones, 35, of Amarillo, barged into a church building at Faith City Mission, pulled out a gun and was holding about 100 congregants and church staff hostage.

In the time between when police were dispatched and when officers arrived, a handful of churchgoers wrestled Jones to the ground. One of the congregants was able to grab Jones' gun.

Officers entered the building and saw the churchgoer holding the gun and opened fire, according to the Amarillo Police Department. The churchgoer was hospitalized in stable condition
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Texas police shoot man who disarmed possible church shooter

Oops...

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That's perfectly

That's perfectly understandable.
After all, it was the gun's fault, and the holder was just collateral damage.

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Ugene that is why broward

Ugene that is why broward county sheriffs didn't run in and confront the situation, they didn't want to accidentally shoot any kids, what with a AR15 running about.

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A western North Carolina

A western North Carolina police officer who resigned after a body camera video shows him hitting and using a Taser on a man suspected of jaywalking will face preliminary charges of assault, the Buncombe County District Attorney's Office said Thursday.

North Carolina police officer faces charges after beating, choking and tasing suspected jaywalker

It's all fun and games until the video comes out...

"I beat the s--- out of his head," Hickman says. "Not gonna lie about that."

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Officers responding to a home

Officers responding to a home invasion in Colorado reportedly gunned down the homeowner — moments after he reportedly fatally shot the intruder.

Police officer fatally shoots homeowner who killed intruder

"Mr. Black goes and gets his sidearm and shoots the intruder and saves his grandson," Rathod said. "Mr. Black walks out of the bathroom to see other individuals who had also come in the home. Black's wife had called the police and ran outside. She specifically told the police what her husband was wearing and there was a naked man attacking her grandson. Mr. Black walks out and is shot by police."

Police fatally shoot Bronze Star recipient after he shot home intruder

Elsewhere, some are questioning why police have time to get their stories straight before giving statements about these types of situations:

When someone shoots someone else in front of witnesses, the police tend to interview suspects and witnesses to the shooting almost immediately. There are good reasons for that. Eyewitness memory begins to blur almost immediately, then continues to fade over time. As for suspects, the police want them to commit to a story early, before they can come up with a narrative that clears them of blame.

But when a police officer pulls the trigger, the officer is often given a “cooling-off period” before he is asked to give a statement. Any other police officers who might have witnessed the shooting are also sometimes given time to “cool off.”

The discrepancy arises from the unlikely but popular and persistent theory that while the memories of regular people tend to degrade over time, the memories of police officers somehow improve after they’re given a few days to ruminate. A cynic might point out that this theory also gives the officers involved some time to collaborate on a story.

Study: ‘Cooling-off periods’ don’t help cops remember officer-involved shootings

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In the early hours of Friday,

In the early hours of Friday, June 29, Jason Washington became the first person to be fatally shot by a Portland State University (PSU) campus police officer. Washington, a 45-year-old African American Navy veteran, was shot outside an off-campus bar after trying to break up a fight, according to bystanders. While attempting to intervene, Washington’s personal handgun fell out of his belt holster onto the sidewalk. That’s when a pair of PSU officers saw Washington reach down to retrieve his weapon. They shot him. Washington died on the scene.

How Will PSU Respond to Its First Campus Police Shooting?

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After just over a year, we

After just over a year, we finally have some news about the death of Ismael Lopez. Last year, police in Southaven, Mississippi, mistakenly went to Lopez’s home in search of a man wanted on a domestic violence warrant. They had gone to the wrong house.

Mississippi cops went to the wrong house and killed an innocent man. A grand jury just refused to indict them.

Follow up on an earlier story. Police stories about this incident don't seem to wash.

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A Trader Joe's shootout, an

A Trader Joe's shootout, an innocent death, and soul searching for LAPD

Police shot from a fair distance away, certainly more than accurate pistol distance, into an open entrance to the store. Innocent citizen caught a bullet.

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Back on the pony, I see.

Back on the pony, I see.

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Well, the cops haven't

Well, the cops haven't stopped shooting innocent civilians!

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