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2 officers out of jobs in wake of repeated Tasering of woman
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | Monday, July 12, 2010 | Rhonda Cook

Posted on 07/12/2010 10:31:16 PM PDT by Oztrich Boy

Janice Wells called the Richland Police Department when she feared a prowler was outside her clapboard house in the rural west Georgia town.

The third-grade teacher had phoned for help. But within minutes of an officer coming to her backdoor, she was screaming in pain and begging not to be shocked again with a Taser. With each scream and cry, the officer threatened her with more shocks.

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"I did what I had to do to take control of the situation," Smith told the AJC about his decision to repeatedly discharge his Taser.

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How sad. Because this woman made a mistake, two officers lost their jobs.
1 posted on 07/12/2010 10:31:19 PM PDT by Oztrich Boy
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To: Oztrich Boy

What mistake? The mistake of expecting professional conduct
from a couple of police officers?


2 posted on 07/12/2010 10:43:21 PM PDT by rahbert (Our enemy has yet to reveal himself...)
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To: Oztrich Boy

Sounds to me that these two needed to lose their jobs. Have you even read the story?


3 posted on 07/12/2010 10:44:05 PM PDT by The Magical Mischief Tour
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To: Oztrich Boy

Why didn’t the cop pick the woman up and put her in the car? Didn’t the sheriff say that the taser is not meant to be used as a punitive measure? These cops are working for someone else now..don’t cry for them.

Is there not a limit to how many times a person should be tased????????????????????????????????????????????


4 posted on 07/12/2010 10:45:25 PM PDT by Ecliptic
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To: rahbert; The Magical Mischief Tour

“Janice Wells called the Richland Police Department ... for help”


5 posted on 07/12/2010 10:46:58 PM PDT by Oztrich Boy (a 16 year old Australian girl already did it. And she did it right. - WWJD)
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To: Oztrich Boy
As Robinson pulled out of the driveway, Murphy asked Wells for her friend's name.
She refused to give it.

I realize that officers are concerned because of problems with domestic violence. A poor investigation or none at all has bitten more than officer in the butt when the woman was severely beaten or killed later. However, in this case, he should have recorded as much as he could, including her refusal to identify her "friend" and let it go.

6 posted on 07/12/2010 10:47:44 PM PDT by Enterprise (As a disaster unfolds, a putz putts.)
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To: Oztrich Boy

What is your point?


7 posted on 07/12/2010 10:48:49 PM PDT by Kirkwood
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To: Oztrich Boy

There are only ever two kinds of cops: Totally corrupt. And not yet totally corrupt. Fired? They need sued to beyond bankruptcy. They need to be unemployable. 75% of all cops need fired. The other 25% probably should he as well. This happened because she exercised her rights to not speak and the ego centric cop didn’t like it. Period. Bootlickers. Ping me. We’ll dance.


8 posted on 07/12/2010 10:49:02 PM PDT by RachelFaith (2010 is going to be a 100 seat Tsunami - Unless the GOP Senate ruins it all...)
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To: Oztrich Boy

Perhaps your first comment needed a /sarcasm tag?


9 posted on 07/12/2010 10:49:15 PM PDT by Valpal1 ("All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.")
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To: Oztrich Boy

What bullies. They won’t be missed.


10 posted on 07/12/2010 10:51:02 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: Oztrich Boy
Good bye...the only man who had his head on straight was the sheriff.
11 posted on 07/12/2010 10:51:31 PM PDT by Crim (The Obama Doctrine : A doctrine based on complete ignorance,applied with extreme incompetence..)
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To: Valpal1

Sarcasm tags are the training wheels of the internet. Experienced posters shouldn’t need them.


12 posted on 07/12/2010 10:52:27 PM PDT by Oztrich Boy (a 16 year old Australian girl already did it. And she did it right. - WWJD)
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To: Oztrich Boy

Not sad at all... These police shouldn’t be allowed to breath any more air, much less work for the taxpayer...


13 posted on 07/12/2010 10:54:33 PM PDT by babygene (Figures don't lie, but liars can figure...)
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To: Oztrich Boy
Then came the sound of the electric buzz of the Taser and Wells screaming “Oh God! Oh God!”

“Get in the car! Get in the car! Get in the car! You gonna get it again,” Smith screamed.

Wells cried.

In seconds the sound of the Taser can be heard again.

“Don’t do it. Don’t do it. I ain’t gonna do nothing,” Wells pleaded.

Oh yes, it's very reasonable to expect someone (much less a woman in her 50s) to get up and immediately place herself in the back of a police car within about 2 seconds of being Tased. Sounds a bit like that other thread with the CCW vet getting whacked in LV after getting conflicting orders from the three "peace" officers. Reminds of that old South Park episode. You just have to yell something like "he's coming right for us", "put the gun down" or some other order that's impossible to comply with, then you may fire at will.

14 posted on 07/12/2010 10:56:37 PM PDT by thecabal (Destroy Progressivism)
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To: Oztrich Boy

Was was her mistake, asserting her right to remain silent?


15 posted on 07/12/2010 10:57:39 PM PDT by thecabal (Destroy Progressivism)
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To: Oztrich Boy

What was her mistake, asserting her right to remain silent?


16 posted on 07/12/2010 10:57:47 PM PDT by thecabal (Destroy Progressivism)
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To: RachelFaith

ANd what’s so bad is another Sheriff’s Dept. has already hired one of these scumbags...


17 posted on 07/12/2010 10:57:52 PM PDT by snuffy smiff (imagine if the GOP grew a brain-and threw all RINOs OUT! But that would also require a spine *sigh*)
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To: Oztrich Boy

LOL, you’d think so, especially on FR yet the first half dozen posts seemed challenged.


18 posted on 07/12/2010 10:58:02 PM PDT by Valpal1 ("All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.")
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To: Oztrich Boy

Heh, plenty of people here that will defend this kind of police action (although that number does seem to be fading), so it’s hard to tell who’s serious and who’s not.


19 posted on 07/12/2010 10:59:26 PM PDT by thecabal (Destroy Progressivism)
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To: snuffy smiff

Hopefully as a janitor.


20 posted on 07/12/2010 10:59:37 PM PDT by Oztrich Boy (a 16 year old Australian girl already did it. And she did it right. - WWJD)
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To: Oztrich Boy
Smith, who quit eight days after the incident, remains unrepentant.

"I did what I had to do to take control of the situation," Smith told the AJC about his decision to repeatedly discharge his Taser.

Yet his former boss, Lumpkin Police Chief Steven Ogle, was shocked when he saw the video.

"I couldn’t believe it,” Ogle said. “You don’t use it [a Taser] for punitive reasons, to prod someone. It was evident it was an improper use of force. He was an excellent officer other than that incident."

Smith resigned just as Ogle started the process to fire him, the chief said. Smith now works for the Chattahoochee County Sheriff's office.

This guy should never ever be in any law enforcement job again, and based on what is written here, should be in jail, for assault!

21 posted on 07/12/2010 11:00:05 PM PDT by rawhide
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To: RachelFaith
There are only ever two kinds of cops: Totally corrupt. And not yet totally corrupt.

I disagree wholeheartily with your assessment of cops. These are the bad apples we read about.

22 posted on 07/12/2010 11:01:47 PM PDT by rawhide
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To: RachelFaith

If police believed the woman needed to be detained as a material witness, oughtn’t that require a warrant from a court short of an emergency where the witness would be at risk?


23 posted on 07/12/2010 11:01:56 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: Oztrich Boy

I still don’t see your point. Is it that the police should never be called on for any reason? Or are there some things that you can call the police for and others that you shouldn’t? I’m guessing you are clueless and just wanted to make a vapid remark.


24 posted on 07/12/2010 11:02:27 PM PDT by Kirkwood
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To: Oztrich Boy
For those of you who didn't make it all the way through the article, here is the money shot:

Smith resigned just as Ogle started the process to fire him, the chief said. Smith now works for the Chattahoochee County Sheriff's office.
25 posted on 07/12/2010 11:02:44 PM PDT by fr_freak
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To: Enterprise

I think they were more concerned about the uppity disobedience of a lessor human being. These guys all need to study the constitution and study community policing. The war on terror training has them thinking they are soldiers are we are captives and insurgents.


26 posted on 07/12/2010 11:07:24 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: Oztrich Boy

GOOD!I have seen cops do this all my life and whoever is teaching them needs to stop.It’s the WRONG approach and it ends up with innocent people dying/harmed for NOTHING.


27 posted on 07/12/2010 11:08:16 PM PDT by taxtruth (Something really stinks In The Federal Government/Mafia and I think it's BO!)
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To: Oztrich Boy
The woman made a mistake? Get a grip. She was scared of a possible prowler and called the police to check it out. A friend heard and came over to be there til the police arrived. He explained his being there and police let him go home.

Instead of asking for the woman's info and about the prowler, the cop started ASSUMING domestic violence and inappropriately questioned her.

What it escalated to is totally bizarre and horrible. Then the 2d cop jumped in and started tazering before he even knew what happened.

So--these brave public servants became the aggressors.

No doubt about it--if this story is true, I would sue their butts. The one who quit and now works for another force will be bullying again--guaranteed.

vaudine

28 posted on 07/12/2010 11:09:02 PM PDT by vaudine
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To: Oztrich Boy

The cops sound like idiots and so does the woman. Why call the police for help and then refuse to cooperate with them? Morons!


29 posted on 07/12/2010 11:09:30 PM PDT by TigersEye (Greenhouse Theory is false. Totally debunked. "GH gases" is a non-sequitur.)
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To: RachelFaith
"75% of all cops need fired. The other 25% probably should he as well."

I'll respond to you when you can actually put a coherent sentence together.

30 posted on 07/12/2010 11:14:23 PM PDT by thefactor (yes, as a matter of fact, i DID only read the excerpt)
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To: Oztrich Boy

You forget that on this topic that comment was standard bootlicker fare.


31 posted on 07/12/2010 11:15:38 PM PDT by Politicalmom (A racist is a conservative who is winning an argument with a liberal.-FReeper Freespirited)
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To: TigersEye
Why call the police for help and then refuse to cooperate with them?

Why should she help them in the false arrest of her friend? They've gone halfcocked and assumed a domsestic violence situatiuon. Because he's an idiot, the cop didn't get her friend's name. If she gives the name, before cooler heads have a chance to prevail, the cop is likely to go and try to "collar the perp". That is highly likely to go pearshaped.

32 posted on 07/12/2010 11:18:17 PM PDT by Oztrich Boy (a 16 year old Australian girl already did it. And she did it right. - WWJD)
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To: TigersEye

If a friend of mine came to help me when I was scared of a prowler, and then the cops started talking “domestic violence” without ANY cause, I’d probably resist getting my kind friend involved further, as well.


33 posted on 07/12/2010 11:18:25 PM PDT by Politicalmom (A racist is a conservative who is winning an argument with a liberal.-FReeper Freespirited)
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To: thefactor

You post is a responce. And you obviously know my point. And you have nothing to refute it, thus your inane quip about not responding.

May your chains rest lightly upon your wrists.


34 posted on 07/12/2010 11:18:40 PM PDT by RachelFaith (2010 is going to be a 100 seat Tsunami - Unless the GOP Senate ruins it all...)
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To: Enterprise
John Robinson was at Wells' house when Murphy pulled up. Robinson told the AJC his friend of 26 years had called him to be with her until the police arrived. Robinson lives 10 miles from Wells and her husband was in McRae, almost 90 miles away.

According to Robinson, Wells and the police reports, the officer only asked Robinson how long he had known Wells, the status of their relationship and where he lived. Murphy asked nothing more, not even Robinson's name.

Why didn't he ask him his name??

35 posted on 07/12/2010 11:21:12 PM PDT by oldteen
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To: Oztrich Boy

They just asked who he was. The next step is to say “no, I have no problem with him. He was here to help me.” That is about as far as it would go as they couldn’t arrest or hold him if it was obvious that everyone’s testimony would contradict them later.


36 posted on 07/12/2010 11:21:26 PM PDT by TigersEye (Greenhouse Theory is false. Totally debunked. "GH gases" is a non-sequitur.)
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To: Politicalmom

See post #36.


37 posted on 07/12/2010 11:22:32 PM PDT by TigersEye (Greenhouse Theory is false. Totally debunked. "GH gases" is a non-sequitur.)
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To: Oztrich Boy

Lesson 1. Do not ever call cops for help. They no longer serve or protect. Well. You. They sure as he’ll serve themselves and protect their corrupt system and each other. But I don’t think that was the original intent of the slogan.

Lesson 2. If you are ever involved with the police. Behave in a docile and subserviant status. Never look them in the eye. Never question them. And never exercise any of your God given rights or even discuss said rights. You will only anger them and they will then become violent, perhaps even kill you.

I am serious. This is not a parody. I wish it were. Avoid cops under all situations. If you ever ever need any outside assistance and believe cops will become involved, call an ambulence. Claim chest pains. Difficulty breathing. Anything. Ride it to the hospital. Stay the night. Pay the bill. And understand you may have saved your own life.

Last lesson. If at all possible never speak to a cop. Ever. Remain silent. Do not tell them what you are doing. Just do it. Say absolutely nothing. Make them do whatever they do with absolutely no input from you. Nothing you can say will ever help you. Ever.


38 posted on 07/12/2010 11:28:50 PM PDT by RachelFaith (2010 is going to be a 100 seat Tsunami - Unless the GOP Senate ruins it all...)
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To: TigersEye
Why call the police for help and then refuse to cooperate with them?

She called the police because there was a threat from someone. She stopped cooperating as soon as she realized that responding officers aren't interested in anything she says - and in fact they already "figured out" what the crime ought to be and who did it. And then they basically arrested her for resisting arrest :-(

39 posted on 07/12/2010 11:28:58 PM PDT by Greysard
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To: vaudine

Years ago my husband had a psychotic break because his meds were off and I called the cops to help me get him to the hospital.

He ended up in jail and we ended up getting investigated by Children and Families. And he ended up with severe problems from their careless treatment. I would have loved to have sued them.

I will never call the cops again unless I absolutely have to. I had to hire an attorney to protect myself against the idiots that thought they were protecting me.


40 posted on 07/12/2010 11:32:06 PM PDT by I still care (I believe in the universality of freedom -George Bush, asked if he regrets going to war.)
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To: Greysard

see post #36.


41 posted on 07/12/2010 11:32:17 PM PDT by TigersEye (Greenhouse Theory is false. Totally debunked. "GH gases" is a non-sequitur.)
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To: Ecliptic
Is there not a limit to how many times a person should be tased?

It must be more than 19 times.

Two members of a small town police force in this area tased a young man 19 times who jumped or fell from an overpass as he was thrashing about on the ground of the shoulder of the road below.

The stated reason for the tasering was that they did not want him to reach the roadway and be hit by a vehicle before medical personel arrived.

After an investigation by the Missouri Highway Patrol they were cleared of any wrong doing.

42 posted on 07/12/2010 11:33:00 PM PDT by TYVets
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To: SaraJohnson; oldteen
"Why didn't he ask him his name??"

I'll take a swing at this one. In the initial interviews, it is possible that the investigating officer did not immediately suspect domestic violence. After Robinson left, there might have been something that made the officer think this was related to domestic violence. However by that time, Robinson had left. So, the officer, realizing he might have screwed up, and would have a hard time justifying in his report why he let someone go who might be a suspect, decided to ask the woman who he was. (IOW, he knew that the Sgt. or other supervisor who would review the report would ask him a basic question: Why wasn't the name of the male in the report?) So he thought he could cover his mistake by asking the woman who the man was. When she refused, he took it to another level, and compounded a mistake with a worse mistake.

43 posted on 07/12/2010 11:34:01 PM PDT by Enterprise (As a disaster unfolds, a putz putts.)
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To: vaudine

You are 100% right. With the only addition that this cop is likely to kill someone one of these abuses.


44 posted on 07/12/2010 11:34:12 PM PDT by RachelFaith (2010 is going to be a 100 seat Tsunami - Unless the GOP Senate ruins it all...)
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To: Greysard

BINGO. You got it.


45 posted on 07/12/2010 11:42:42 PM PDT by RachelFaith (2010 is going to be a 100 seat Tsunami - Unless the GOP Senate ruins it all...)
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To: Oztrich Boy
“Janice Wells called the Richland Police Department ... for help”

There sure are a lot of these stories where women and old people call for help and then get assaulted by a group of cops. What is rare is when the cops have any punishment.

46 posted on 07/12/2010 11:43:13 PM PDT by UnwashedPeasant (Don't nuke me, bro)
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To: RachelFaith
Eh, if you gave me some actual statistics with your ridiculous 75% number then maybe I'd respond. For instance, the NYPD has 35,000 uniformed members.

Show me that 75% of them are corrupt and I'll entertain your original post as something other than pure emotional drivel. This is FreeRepublic. We like facts.

47 posted on 07/12/2010 11:46:37 PM PDT by thefactor (yes, as a matter of fact, i DID only read the excerpt)
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To: RachelFaith
"75% of all cops need fired. The other 25% probably should he as well."

You are too generous. 25% should be shot. Most of the rest should be in jail. There are a few good ones, but they do not last long.

48 posted on 07/12/2010 11:56:13 PM PDT by UnwashedPeasant (Don't nuke me, bro)
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To: Oztrich Boy
“Janice Wells called the Richland Police Department ... for help”

Well, that was a mistake.

49 posted on 07/12/2010 11:56:31 PM PDT by Fido969 ("The hardest thing in the world to understand is income tax." - Albert Einstein)
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To: thefactor

Numbers? Spoken like a true statist. You work for the government. Don’t you? Or worse. Are you a cop? You seem far too intense for a subserviant bootlicker. Sniff. Sniff. Cop.

Well John law. Here is the stat. Cops have no constitutional authority. You get your very limited police powers from me. And my belief is we have too many of you. And if we made you get real jobs and off the government tit we’d save money and have better surity of our liberties.

County sherrifs, are the only lawful persons needed for enforcement. One. Per county. Ellected and accountable. He can deputize as needed but I am for ending the liberal welfare of a standing domestic army of government unionized cops.

Again. Seriously. No good cops. You are not one. You are a selfish, statist, holier than thou, smarter than us, not one of us, above the law, cover for your buddy, protect the system, know what’s good for us, facsist.

All cops are corrupt or they soon leave the business. No boy scouts any more. Government thugs. You are Obama.


50 posted on 07/12/2010 11:59:56 PM PDT by RachelFaith (2010 is going to be a 100 seat Tsunami - Unless the GOP Senate ruins it all...)
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