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[S]hot dead by female police officer 'who mistook Nintendo Wii controller ... for a gun'
The Daily Mail Online ^ | February 19, 2014 | Daily Mail Reporter

Posted on 02/20/2014 6:48:58 AM PST by Uncle Chip

Police in Georgia on Friday served a warrant for a probation violation at the trailer park home of a man and his son, a 17-year-old aspiring Marine. In the process of serving the warrant on the boy's father, an officer fatally shot the teen.

His crime: according to his attorney, he did nothing more than answer the door while holding a controller of a Nintendo Wii.

Police in Euharlee, Georgia - about 50 miles northwest of Atlanta - however, claim that Christopher Roupe pointed a gun at the female officer when he opened the door, which prompted her to fire a live round at the aspiring military man.

No witnesses reported seeing the boy holding any weapons, and authorities won't say whether a weapon was found at the scene.

'It just doesn't add up,' Cole Law, who is representing the Roupe family, told wsbtv.com.

As for the claim that Roupe was holding a gun, Law says he's seen no evidence supporting the officer's claim.

'We don't know where that statement came from. The eyewitnesses on the scene clearly state that he had a Wii controller in his hand. He heard a knock at the door. He asked who it was, there was no response so he opened the door and upon opening the door he was immediately shot in the chest,' Law said.....

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1 posted on 02/20/2014 6:48:58 AM PST by Uncle Chip
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To: Uncle Chip

This came up yesterday .... concensus has the cop tried, convicted and executed.


2 posted on 02/20/2014 6:52:08 AM PST by knarf (I say things that are true .. I have no proof .. but they're true.)
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To: Uncle Chip

Yes, the Wii Controller truly is an assault weapon..../s


3 posted on 02/20/2014 6:52:23 AM PST by Gaffer (Comprehensive Immigration Reform is just another name for Comprehensive Capitulation)
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To: Uncle Chip

I believe the story that he had a WII controller. But...

If you knock on a door and they ask “who’s there” and you don’t reply, I would EXPECT someone inside to answer with a gun in their hand.

But did he point it? Or give any indication of trying to use it?

Standing there with a gun in your hand should not be a death sentence. (even though he wasn’t)

She needs to be charged.


4 posted on 02/20/2014 6:53:54 AM PST by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it...Period.)
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To: Uncle Chip
No witnesses reported seeing the boy holding any weapons, and authorities won't say whether a weapon was found at the scene.

Meanwhile, local police were desperately trying to canvas the troops for an appropriate 'throwdown' to display.

5 posted on 02/20/2014 6:54:36 AM PST by Gaffer (Comprehensive Immigration Reform is just another name for Comprehensive Capitulation)
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To: Uncle Chip

Back in the day the fastest I could draw and fire with any accuracy was ~ 3/4 of a second. Assuming her speed was similar, that would have been plenty of time to recognize that what he was holding WASNT a gun. If she came to the door with gun drawn its a different story.


6 posted on 02/20/2014 6:54:38 AM PST by Brooklyn Attitude (Things are only going to get worse.)
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To: Uncle Chip

Obviously the officer THOUGHT he had a weapon and reacted but unfortunately in the wrong way. Put yourself in her position having just “accidentally” killing that young man. She will NEVER be the same.

I know of an police officer that HAD to kill a crazed man who had already shot two officers and to keep the man from killing more people. He has been haunted by that NECESSARY killing since that terrible day some years ago. Killing someone is not like TV, it’s REAL and permanent.


7 posted on 02/20/2014 6:55:27 AM PST by DaveA37
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To: Uncle Chip
"authorities won't say whether a weapon was found at the scene."

If a gun had been found I guarantee they would be displaying it on every media outlet in the community. This was out and out murder.

8 posted on 02/20/2014 6:55:33 AM PST by circlecity
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To: Uncle Chip

What do you expect when cops are practically given a free hand in such situations?


9 posted on 02/20/2014 6:56:04 AM PST by RWB Patriot ("My ability is a value that must be earned and I don't recognize anyone's need as a claim on me.")
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To: Uncle Chip
there they go again!
..ppl./pets have become, nothing but targets.

10 posted on 02/20/2014 6:56:14 AM PST by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Caligula / 0'Reid / 0'Pelosi)
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To: Uncle Chip

Well, at least she went home safe to her family that night.


11 posted on 02/20/2014 6:56:39 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Progov

She is alive...and should be in prison for manslaughter.


12 posted on 02/20/2014 6:57:22 AM PST by CodeToad (Arm Up! They Are!)
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13 posted on 02/20/2014 6:58:44 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: Progov

Golly, why should any murderer be charged with a crime? Following your logic, every perp must feel just awful about his or her deed and that’s punishment enough.


14 posted on 02/20/2014 7:01:09 AM PST by Mr. Lucky
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To: MrB

But the poor dear had to explain the tear stains on her cheeks.


15 posted on 02/20/2014 7:03:38 AM PST by DManA
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To: Progov

Frankly, I don’t care what that officer’s feelings were after she shot the teenager. She screwed up - badly - deadly.

The police should produce a real weapon or a reasonable facsimile that isn’t a game controller that can substantiate this officer’s claims. If not, then she should be charged and tried for manslaughter - minimum.

Further, the purpose of the ‘raid’ was to get the father for “probation violation”....doesn’t sound to me like that dire of a situation to warrant a hair-trigger killing of a teenager.


17 posted on 02/20/2014 7:05:06 AM PST by Gaffer (Comprehensive Immigration Reform is just another name for Comprehensive Capitulation)
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To: knarf

I’ll be happy to throw the lever to open the trap.

There is literally NOTHING that can justify what the cop did. Even if he DID open the door holding a gun (which he didn’t) it is not against the law answer the door holding a gun. She committed murder pure and simple. And will, no doubt, get away with it.

I am becoming strongly of the opinion that we need to disarm cops and limit them solely to night sticks, tasers, and pepper spray.


18 posted on 02/20/2014 7:05:41 AM PST by Little Ray (How did I end up in this hand-basket, and why is it getting so hot?)
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To: Progov
She will NEVER be the same.

Really!!!

She will be 1000 times SAMER than the kid who she has deaded.

Think of all the things that she is now doing and can do and will do that her victim cannot do.

That reasoning is truly hollow --

19 posted on 02/20/2014 7:07:38 AM PST by Uncle Chip
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To: Gaffer
DOESN'T MATTER if there was a weapon or facsimile thereof. It is not against the law to answer the door armed.

She needs to hang.

20 posted on 02/20/2014 7:08:02 AM PST by Little Ray (How did I end up in this hand-basket, and why is it getting so hot?)
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To: DManA

Seriously, I’m sure she feels awful about it.

But it’s a matter of training and attitude. “Us vs Them” training and attitude result in innocent “civilians” being killed by law enforcement.


21 posted on 02/20/2014 7:09:14 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Progov
Put yourself in her position having just “accidentally” killing that young man. She will NEVER be the same.

Either will the 17 year old boy.

22 posted on 02/20/2014 7:09:20 AM PST by Labyrinthos
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To: Uncle Chip

Exactly. I’m sure there are a lot of drunk drivers that are “never the same” after killing someone, but does that mean they can escape jail for their ‘mistake’?


23 posted on 02/20/2014 7:10:43 AM PST by Right Brother
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To: Little Ray

I agree. But there have been cases of mitigating circumstances and the police in those cases have prevailed.

The point of my comment was one of making the police department own up QUICKLY and OPENLY with haste and not cower behind lawyers and ‘procedure’.

IMO, that so-called female officer should be tried for manslaughter minimum with real jail/prison time as a consequence.


24 posted on 02/20/2014 7:11:12 AM PST by Gaffer (Comprehensive Immigration Reform is just another name for Comprehensive Capitulation)
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To: Uncle Chip

“aspiring Marine”

Is that like aspiring rap artist? Beside, this was a probation raid on a trailer park, so the situation was not as peachy as we’d like to believe.


25 posted on 02/20/2014 7:12:53 AM PST by sagar
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To: RWB Patriot

“What do you expect when cops are practically given a free hand in such situations?”

Her defense will be that she acted in accordance with departmental guidelines and her training. Video training simulations are fairly common and routinely teach cops to act instantly when a threat is perceived.


26 posted on 02/20/2014 7:13:31 AM PST by Brooklyn Attitude (Things are only going to get worse.)
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To: Labyrinthos

It seems that the ROE’s for Police are looser than the ROE’s for our troops in Afghanistan. If this officer were a soldier it would be called murder.


27 posted on 02/20/2014 7:13:53 AM PST by Oldexpat
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To: RWB Patriot

Many cops, especially females, are so scared shitless of being shot or otherwise seriously hurt, shooting someone becomes a possibility in practically any civilian encounter.


28 posted on 02/20/2014 7:13:53 AM PST by ZX12R (Never forget the heroes of Benghazi, who were abandoned to their deaths by Obama)
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To: Progov

At least the officer went home safe and sound.

Nothing else matters.

Nothing.


29 posted on 02/20/2014 7:14:40 AM PST by Balding_Eagle (Over production, one of the top 5 worries for the American Farmer every year.)
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To: Gaffer

She should but she won’t.
Internal Affairs will say that she “followed procedure” and the DA will decline to prosecute.


30 posted on 02/20/2014 7:15:55 AM PST by Little Ray (How did I end up in this hand-basket, and why is it getting so hot?)
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To: Uncle Chip

Standard rule application: What would happen if I did the exact same thing as this LEO?

Answer: I would be charged with murder. If the victim were a minority and I weren’t, I would be charged with 1st degree murder.


31 posted on 02/20/2014 7:16:03 AM PST by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: kabar

Um, IIRC there is a gun shaped controller used for some ‘shooting’ games. I don’t know if it is a Wii controller, but I know they exist for gamers. Again, we have very poor reporting of the incident. The officer sounds like she is devastated.


32 posted on 02/20/2014 7:16:38 AM PST by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: Progov
Put yourself in her position having just “accidentally” killing that young man. She will NEVER be the same.

If I were in her position, I would be in jail charged with 1st degree murder.

33 posted on 02/20/2014 7:18:05 AM PST by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: SampleMan
"If I were in her position, I would be in jail charged with 1st degree murder."

This!

34 posted on 02/20/2014 7:19:33 AM PST by SZonian (Throwing our allegiances to political parties in the long run gave away our liberty.)
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To: Little Ray

Yes, probably. But there is the recourse for the father to sue the officer and the police department in Civil Court for unlawful taking of the son’s life and to ask for treble punitive damages.

Essentially, with the right lawyer and jury, that police department and the town that supports it would be owned by the father.


35 posted on 02/20/2014 7:19:36 AM PST by Gaffer (Comprehensive Immigration Reform is just another name for Comprehensive Capitulation)
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To: Brooklyn Attitude
act instantly when a threat is perceived.

I suspect that the innocent act of just opening the door was a threat to this officer.

So the best way to handle it is never open the door if it's a police officer.

36 posted on 02/20/2014 7:20:08 AM PST by Uncle Chip
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To: Uncle Chip

Gun or not a gun? Too late, you'd already be dead if it was.

37 posted on 02/20/2014 7:20:30 AM PST by McGruff (Every night has it's dawn.)
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To: Little Ray
I'M willing to guess the cop is unmarried and on the youngish side in age ... both elements detrimental to wise and mature thought processes .. thus ... reactions.

Old men know how to talk, are too weak and decrepit to fight and will walk away after realizing a victory or defeat because in the end ... we got to BE old men by staying alive and not killing each other while young ... why start now ?

You mix high intensity training with sharp and quick reaction times and the unpredictability of frustration (don't even begin to try to tell me sex doesn't matter .. or they're gettin' enough ... )

innocent lives murdered.

The only defense I'd accept for a life sentence is the testimony of what exactly is psychologically done while in the academy and while interning.

38 posted on 02/20/2014 7:21:20 AM PST by knarf (I say things that are true .. I have no proof .. but they're true.)
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To: sagar
Beside, this was a probation raid on a trailer park, so the situation was not as peachy as we’d like to believe.

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America, except within the confines of a trailer park.

39 posted on 02/20/2014 7:22:32 AM PST by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: Uncle Chip
How could that happen? This is my controller.


40 posted on 02/20/2014 7:23:07 AM PST by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: circlecity
If a gun had been found I guarantee they would be displaying it on every media outlet in the community. This was out and out murder.

If a Wii controller that looked ANYTHING LIKE a gun had been found, I guarantee they would be displaying it on every media outlet in the community.

The cop needs to go to jail, at the least for negligent homicide. Whoever trained her needs to be fired. I'm thinking that cops are currently being trained to fire if anything even vaguely LOOKS threatening.

41 posted on 02/20/2014 7:23:31 AM PST by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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To: Progov

And the young man that this officer killed will never be the same again.............................


42 posted on 02/20/2014 7:23:51 AM PST by Red Badger (Proud member of the Zeta Omicron Tau Fraternity since 2004...................)
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To: Progov

“Put yourself in her position having just “accidentally” killing that young man. She will NEVER be the same.”

She’s better off than the boy she murdered or his family.

She needs to go to prison.

At the least, involuntary manslaughter.


43 posted on 02/20/2014 7:23:54 AM PST by TheThirdRuffian (RINOS like Romney, McCain, Christie are sure losers. No more!)
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To: MHGinTN

Apparently, there are many options available and some do look authentic to some degree...

http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=wii+gun+controller&qs=IM&form=QBIR&pq=wii+gun+cont&sc=4-12&sp=1&sk=


44 posted on 02/20/2014 7:24:07 AM PST by SZonian (Throwing our allegiances to political parties in the long run gave away our liberty.)
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To: SampleMan
If the victim were a minority and I weren’t, I would be charged with 1st degree murder.

. . . plus, probably, a 'hate' crime.

Because some animals on the farm are more equal than others.

45 posted on 02/20/2014 7:25:46 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Brooklyn Attitude
Her defense will be that she acted in accordance with departmental guidelines and her training. Video training simulations are fairly common and routinely teach cops to act instantly when a threat is perceived.

Judges need to make clear that "I was only following training" is not a defense in cases like this. More to the point, making that statement should ALSO trigger an indictment of her trainer.

46 posted on 02/20/2014 7:26:29 AM PST by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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To: Progov
Good - I hope the cop is never the same. She would be one messed up sociopath of an officer if she was ever the same. The boy's family will never be the same either.

She also needs to go to jail for the murder, just like you or I would go to jail if we knocked on someone's door and shot and killed the person who answered it.
47 posted on 02/20/2014 7:26:55 AM PST by AD from SpringBay (http://jonah2eight.blogspot.com/)
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To: Gaffer

Give them enough time and they will produce one or more, drugs, and probably child porn on their computer.


48 posted on 02/20/2014 7:29:32 AM PST by sport
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To: Uncle Chip

Wait a minute, I’m just seeing there is something about this story that doesn’t make any sense. Aren’t the police supposed to SAY that they’re the police when they knock on the door? It says she didn’t answer when the kid asked: who’s there?

This is the first account I’ve read where there is any doubt he had a game controller and not a gun, but some people will come to the door armed if they don’t know who is there.

Hey, I’ve lived a pretty ordinary life and that’s happened to me twice, out in the country but not, you know, in the wilderness.

BTW, was this cop there alone, or were others with her?


49 posted on 02/20/2014 7:31:24 AM PST by jocon307
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To: sport

It’s one reason why I think the father should retain a first class law office specializing in police abuse cases - to keep that from happening.

We’re not talking about Chicago or LA or Detroit or any northern police department here. They are limited here in Georgia.


50 posted on 02/20/2014 7:31:58 AM PST by Gaffer (Comprehensive Immigration Reform is just another name for Comprehensive Capitulation)
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