“Mike Brown had commited a theft, assaulted Wilson, attempted to escape, then charged Wilson again after repeated warnings and multiple wounds. His death wasn't due to pigmentation; it was from repeated denials to comply with what a uniformed, official member of law-enforcement commanded.”
Shortly after the shooting the police chief told the press that the officer had not heard of the theft before the incident. By the time the grand jury convened the officer testified that he had heard of the theft and had heard a detailed description of the suspect. No one has explained the discrepancy.
The one and only witness to testify to seeing Brown charge at the officer, is identified in documents as Witness #40. This one statement of his was first leaked to the public before the grand jury was convened, and has been broadcast continually since then. Unfortunately, his story in its entirety proved to be too inconsistent to be credible. Witness #40 also admitted to federal investigators that he was in the habit of referring to Blacks as “f***-ing n****rs”.
If this guy can't stand the heat in Colorado Springs, he's going to be eaten alive in Denver.
And, Mr. K, you-and Ms. White--seem to have read a racial component into the Pantaleo/Garner case that simply doesn't exist.
Again, if a black supervisor could order white officers to alter their methods of subduing a black suspect, but didn't, how can the incident be classified as racist?
If she sensed a racial motive, she had the power to command Pantaleo to cease, so is she a racist for allowing the level of force used to continue?
Radio guy, you seem to have read much into my single sentence that is not there. I agree with Dave's and Odin's analyses. I am trying to add another argument against the idea of shooting to wound.
I never said "killing someone shields a cop from being sued." I said that purposely shooting to wound a suspect leaves a cop open to being sued. What's worse is that even if the suspect is ultimately found guilty of the crime for which he was being arrested, he still has legal standing to sue the cop, and possibly the entire department, for damages and suffering from the wound.
AS always, Taxi Driver insights are thorough and often gut-wrenching as well as excellent, phrase-driven images that capture ones imagination and/or heart. Always look forward to what will be discovered by this columnist next week!
Dave H and Odin are very much correct.
The assertion of Mr. K-- that killing someone shields a cop from being sued is incredibly uninformed.
Good luck Mr. Elder! As you settle in I hope that your leadership will include qualified women. I am not sure that Maketa's girlfriends are actually qualified for their jobs.
Mr. K, your intentional obfuscation is pathetic, and an utter failure.
These officers actions were overseen by a black supervisor (not sure why her rank is but "meager" to you), and she didn't verbally and/or phyically intervene to alter them, meaning she obviously found them appropriate and justified for the situation, so how can this incident be racially motivated?
If she thought white LEOs were acting excessively against a black criminal, she could have ordered them to cease; that she didn't indicates there was no racial bias or component involved.
Swing and a miss!
Oops guess I made a mistake. Found the author.
Is it odd that the author of this story negated to take credit for it?
More McJobs - just what this city needs.
I'd like to see someone young on the council. Someone with new ideas and the willingness to challenge the status quo.
I can completely agree that the novelty of legalization is just for those who have been scared to use it before, but had a desire. In such case those people will continue to come to this shop if they like the result of usage. However I think that the level of taxes will get lower, because today people can really see this like a game. I think it was a wise decision of the government, because in such manner they want to fill in the budget and they succeed for a while. For the time being people can use http://onlinepaydayadvanceloan.com/ to get extra money and try this new recreation, but I do not think that it will become a habit for them.
There are MANY CS neighborhoods that need to be cleaned up. A fresh coat of pain, pick up the trash around each home..... Simple and easy - it's about taking pride in where you live!
"Officer Pantaleo's on-scene supervisor was a black, female sergeant with the dept. and she never told him or the other officers to cease attempting to apprehend Garner. So, how could this be racially motivated?"
Your naivete is truly precious! The real question here ought to be, is this the first time this "black, female sergeant" took no action while a Black man was brutalized by officers under her command?--or did she rise to her meager rank by being a team player and making it a habit to look the other way?
Another compelling reason not to shoot to wound is that it leaves the police officer open to a lawsuit, regardless of the victim's guilt or innocence.
Colorado Springs is a better place because of the Independent. I say that as one of those who was dubious about your future at the beginning. Congratulations on a job well done and best wishes for many, many prosperous years.
This is no surprise - Wynetta is a true professional who knows and understands municipal law, land use issues, and home rule authority more than anyone.
I personally valued her sage advice and counsel on numerous occasions.
Congratulations to her on this well deserved honor.
It seems to me that it’s government who has to solve such problems. Unfortunately today people are in very difficult financial situation. The wages are very low that is why many of them take financial help. As for me I also often turn to such service. I often take loans here: http://personalmoneyservice.com/emergency-loans/ . It’s very good money service which helps even people with bad credit score. You can take these loans 24/7.
These people running for council seem to be double dippers, lawyers, an big business where are the common men or women? The town is already run by land & hotel barons let's not let in the military too! Then this town will really will be screwed, we need a person that is native or real close to being. This person should also have deep pride and care for the people in this community rich or poor.
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