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To: Alberta's Child
There is no way to justify a police shooting of a person who assaulted an undercover officer who tried to sell drugs to him.

Anj undercover officer tried to purchase drugs from Dorismond, mistakenly believing that Dorismond was the bouncer who was selling drugs at that club.

Dorismond's response was to shove him against a wall.

A second undercover, trying to defuse the situation, told Dorismond to lighten up and forget about it, and Dorismond then punched the second officer in the mouth.

Dorismond's fellow bouncer then began beating the first officer and Dorismond joined in.

The second officer, recovering from the blow, unsheathed his weapon, identified himself and told Dorismond and friend to put their hands up.

Dorismond tried to grab the weapon and it discharged in the struggle, killing Dorismond.

The grand jury was satisfied with this testimony and declined to indict the officer.

If Dorismond had not assaulted two people, he'd be alive.

47 posted on 12/04/2006 1:40:27 PM PST by wideawake ("The nation which forgets its defenders will itself be forgotten." - Calvin Coolidge)
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To: wideawake
The City of New York paid the Dorismond family $2.25 million to settle a civil lawsuit over that case, too.

There is something inherently wrong when you have police officers "commit a crime" as part of their undercover operation, then turn around and deal with a unarmed civilian as a criminal when he reacts in this kind of manner (i.e., arrest the people involved when they react as any normal person might react when confronted with criminal activity).

51 posted on 12/04/2006 1:50:33 PM PST by Alberta's Child (Can money pay for all the days I lived awake but half asleep?)
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