Skip to comments.N.Y. state trooper killed after Florida man intentionally hit him along highway: police
Posted on 05/30/2014 4:38:29 AM PDT by Labyrinthos
A Florida man was charged with murder Thursday after he intentionally struck and killed a New York state trooper who was standing outside his patrol car as he made a traffic stop along Interstate 81, police said...
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1. Required use of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System before every sale or transfer of a motor vehicle, including private sales and transfers.
2. A two week waiting period for the purchase of motor vehicles.
3. A two vehicle limit on the number of motor vehicles that a person can purchase each year.
4. Prohibit the possession of any motor vehicle with a capacity of greater than four cyclinders or 185 hp.
5. Require applicants for a drivers license to demonstrate "good cause" for the need for a motor vehicle.
I worked with Trooper Chris on several incidents, he was one of the good guys...this area is in mourning, the fourth law enforcement officer to die in less than two months...two Line of Duty Deaths and two killed in a tragic motorcycle accident...
This has been going on for a long time.
A 3 gallon gas tank would limit range.
Pretty sad example of how dangerous this job is for even the most routine encounter. Prayers for him and his family.
Sorry to hear this. May justice be served.
I suspect traffic accidents kill more cops than anything else but I don’t have any stats to back it up. My state legislature just yesterday voted to name a stretch of highway after a cop killed in a traffic accident.
A year or so back a cop was deliberately run down by a couple of parolees who had just robbed a bank.
Prayers to his family and his coworkers. Law enforcement is a calling for saints.
Okay, so I read the article and was expecting to see where this guy was rabidly frothing at the mouth about how he finally got to kill him a cop, but none of that is there. All it says is that he was traveling across some states to see some family. After seeing more than a couple of incidents where cops lie to either make someone they have arrested look bad or to excuse beating the hell out of someone, I’m putting the premise of this story into the bullshit category until there is some credible evidence to back up the claims of the police.
that said, prayers up for the murdered Trooper
I was wondering how they decided this was intentional.
Troopers Probe Moth Effect in Crashes
January 8, 2011 by admin
Massachusetts State Police are investigating whether new brighter emergency lights on cruisers are to blame for a recent spike in the number of troopers being struck by other vehicles.
Seven state troopers were hit while standing outside their cruisers last year, including Sgt. Doug Weddleton, who was killed in June by an allegedly drunken driver.
Spokesman David Procopio said that the department is investigating whether the moth effect is to blame. Thats the theory that drivers, particularly those who have been drinking, are drawn to brighter lights like moths.
He says the agency is looking into different cruiser marking and different flash patterns to see if that makes a difference. He says the study is several months from completion.
Almond Upton, 60, told police he intentionally hit the trooper.
We should also learn from the dramatic drop in crime caused by high capacity magazine bans and limit fuel tanks to five gallon.
Prayers and condolences.
When will LEOs approach a vehicle on the passenger side?
You missed the caption under the perp’s picture where it has “Almond Upton, 60, told police he intentionally hit the trooper”.
Possibly, but that's not what your link actually says.
Trooper Christopher Skinner, 42, died immediately after the vicious impact along Interstate 81. NEW YORK STATE POLICE Trooper Christopher Skinner, 42, died immediately after the vicious impact along Interstate 81. A Florida man was charged with murder Thursday after he intentionally struck and killed a New York state trooper who was standing outside his patrol car as he made a traffic stop along Interstate 81, police said.
IOW, the police say it was intentional. They don't even, in this article, even claim that the driver says it was intentional.
The guy fairly obviously has some mental issues.
Upton continued on for several yards before he ditched his white truck and ran into the woods, where cops found him about an hour later without any clothes on, WBNG-TV reported.
You missed the caption under the perps picture where it has Almond Upton, 60, told police he intentionally hit the trooper.
You’re still relying on what a cop said another person said ,, I don’t buy it unless it was recorded ,, cops lie.
Back in the mid 90’s, they routinely used speed traps in this area and there were a few uniformed nuts who would walk out on the highway (where cars were driving 70+) and point cars over to the side. All the people who stopped got tickets, I never stopped.
This is totally unecessary because New York has a "Captain Obvious" law that requires drivers to move over to the next lane if they can do so safely when passing a cop who is out of his vehicle. The State Troopers have even set up sting operations to entrap violators.
And make those evil automatics illegal!
"The man told cops he was driving from his home in Melrose, Fla. to visit his mother in Connecticut. Police said Upton, who has a DWI conviction from 2008 in Florida, appeared sober."
Sober? It sounds like he's nuts.
Or they could just mandate speed limiters that prevent a car from going more than 5mph. Sure it’s an inconvenience, but if it saves a single life we have to do it!
Just the other day I saw an ambulance have to stop and wait for a break in oncoming traffic. I saw the ambulance coming from behind and pulled over. Some idiot decided that was a good time to pass me so he could turn another hundred yards down the road. When he got to his turn, someone had pulled over right at the entrance to the road and the ambulance caught him and traffic from the other direction just kept coming.
Shady, domestic dispute calls was #1 cause on the job deaths when I was a dispatcher years ago. Not sure about today though.
“I was two miles from the Connecticut border, and all of a sudden I’m in New York, Binghamton, New York, and this cop got killed, I don’t know how it happened. It had to be a time warp. Honestly I’m not bull-——ing. I have proofs in Connecticut. The time warp was something had to happen.”
I think Almond is a nut.
“All it says is that he was traveling across some states to see some family. Im putting the premise of this story into the bullshit category until there is some credible evidence to back up the claims of the police.” >>> I see is you are a nasty cop-hater who also cannot read. If you had the ability to comprehend you’d have noticed the man CONFESSED to police he hit the trooper on purpose. Unsure how you missed that....creep.
The newer light bars atop police cruisers have a very intense blue with a strobing effect, often combined with actual strobes in white light. No doubt this is intended to increase visibility and safety, however it can be dazzling to the point of disorientation, particularly at night. Older people and people with borderline vision could very well be partially blinded. If rapidly flashing, brightly colored cartoons can set off seizures, I would wonder if those lights could so so as well.
so he clipped a couple cars in another lane beforehand - sounds like he lost control - “intentionally hit” seems like a BS tag. admittedly fleeing the scene doesn’t help his case
Now that we have those awful red light cameras everywhere (on Long Island), I’ve seen kind of the opposite —
During one of our snowstorms this year, the traffic was terrible, with cars lined up on both sides of the street. It was bumper-to-bumper. There were many, many car accidents all over the place. MORE THAN ONCE, I saw ambulances approaching intersections, lights and sirens going, and NO ONE would move because if they did, they’d trip those damned cameras and get hefty tickets. I could see the indecision on the faces of the drivers. They WANTED to move, but did not want to risk a ticket.
The ambulances had to wait it out like the rest of us.
Just because we see video of cops lying all the time, you are going to say they might lie to make an accident into a malicious homicide?
The next thing we know you will be demanding that this guy get a jury trial.
You are so not with the program.
My heart goes out to the Troopers family.
Similar deaths have occured here in Wisconsin on more than one occasion. My son (a Wisconsin State Trooper) was narrowly missed while assisting a motorist along the Interstate. He no longer goes to the drivers side window to speak with a driver. Actually, there are no “safe places” on roadways.
"Moth Effect"? More likely the driver was blinded by the newer, brighter LED lights on the trooper's car, and night vision was temporarily disrupted. I can see these new lights from miles away, compared to the older strobes. They are retina burners up close at night.
I just heard about this recently. If true, not good.
Okay, the mobile version of their website (which is a hot mess, btw) didn’t have that text in the body of the story so I had go look at it on a desktop. Given that, it just says that police said he confessed. So I’ll keep an open mind on whether or not he did confess until some other source can back up the statements of the police.
They do in Great Britain. What? No...wait.
I keep hopkng to get called for jury duty for some victimless crime where the bulk of the evidence is just the cop’s testimony. In that situation that would just be one person’s word against the word of another person. I’ll be damned if I would vote to convict someone on just the word of a cop.
” Clearly, we need more motor vehicle control laws.”
And, of course, no civilian should be allowed to own a black car.
Condolences to the Trooper’s family, friends and coworkers...RIP.
Full measure of the law against the cold blooded perp...
I personally find the new super-bright lights blinding and question the need.AnD for multiple police cars all having their light bars on when parked in a row is just too much.
We don't know that he's a nut. If a struggle between time travellers broke out, and they are moving people and things around through time to fight one another, what's to say this guy wasn't a casualty?
“....It sounds like he’s nuts.”
Fitting that he was named after a nut.....an almond.
Being a tax collector for the welfare state is a dangerous job.
Yeah, I know that anyone who doesn't bow, stoop and genuflect sufficiently to anything with a badge is a "cop hater." Honestly, they don't rate high enough with me for good, old fashioned hate. I tend to lump cops into the same catagory as I put my ex wife...I don't so much hate her, I just don't trust her and the only people who do haven't been around her enough to get screwed over.
In the mid '80s I was sent down to Venezuela and learned there were five levels of police, ranging from the guys with AR-16s down to the Brown Shirts. The BS stood by the sides of the highway (saw 'em myself) and waved you over. If you did, they gave you an "instant fine". We were told to look straight ahead and ignore them - most everybody did.