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N.Y. state trooper killed after Florida man intentionally hit him along highway: police
NY Daily News ^ | May 29, 2014 | Sasha Goldstein

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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This is the third or fourth incident I've that read about over last few days where a motor vehicle has been the weapon of choice to deliberately kill or attempt to kill someone. Clearly, we need more motor vehicle control laws. I suggest the following:

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.

1 posted on 05/30/2014 4:38:29 AM PDT by Labyrinthos
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To: Labyrinthos

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...


2 posted on 05/30/2014 4:40:43 AM PDT by Shady (We will not comply. We are Free, We Are AMERICANS!)
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To: Labyrinthos

This has been going on for a long time.


3 posted on 05/30/2014 4:41:00 AM PDT by Carry me back
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To: Labyrinthos

A 3 gallon gas tank would limit range.


4 posted on 05/30/2014 4:43:24 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: Shady

Pretty sad example of how dangerous this job is for even the most routine encounter. Prayers for him and his family.


5 posted on 05/30/2014 4:43:29 AM PDT by Labyrinthos
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To: Shady

Sorry to hear this. May justice be served.


6 posted on 05/30/2014 4:47:13 AM PDT by McGruff (What if I told you your leaders were lying to you?)
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To: Shady

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.


7 posted on 05/30/2014 4:48:32 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: Labyrinthos

Prayers to his family and his coworkers. Law enforcement is a calling for saints.


8 posted on 05/30/2014 4:50:57 AM PDT by ExCTCitizen (I'm ExCTCitizen and I approve this reply. If it does offend Libs, I'm NOT sorry...)
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To: Labyrinthos

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.


9 posted on 05/30/2014 4:53:20 AM PDT by Orangedog (An optimist is someone who tells you to 'cheer up' when things are going his way)
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To: Shady
the guy on the bike was kicked off the force for being drunk on duty in his duty car and was prolly drunk when he wrecked the bike... haven't heard what the tox-report says yet

that said, prayers up for the murdered Trooper

10 posted on 05/30/2014 4:54:10 AM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: Orangedog

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. That’s 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.

http://policedriving.com/troopers-probe-moth-effect-in-crashes/


11 posted on 05/30/2014 4:57:07 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: ilovesarah2012

Almond Upton, 60, told police he intentionally hit the trooper.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/n-y-state-trooper-killed-fla-man-intentionally-hit-police-article-1.1810747


12 posted on 05/30/2014 5:01:16 AM PDT by McGruff (What if I told you your leaders were lying to you?)
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To: Labyrinthos

We should also learn from the dramatic drop in crime caused by high capacity magazine bans and limit fuel tanks to five gallon.


13 posted on 05/30/2014 5:01:34 AM PDT by CrazyIvan (I lost my phased plasma rifle in a tragic hovercraft accident.)
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To: Shady

Prayers and condolences.

When will LEOs approach a vehicle on the passenger side?


14 posted on 05/30/2014 5:02:03 AM PDT by Rannug ("all enemies, foreign and domestic")
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To: Orangedog

You missed the caption under the perp’s picture where it has “Almond Upton, 60, told police he intentionally hit the trooper”.


15 posted on 05/30/2014 5:02:35 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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To: McGruff
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.

16 posted on 05/30/2014 5:07:20 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: PapaBear3625

You missed the caption under the perp’s picture where it has “Almond Upton, 60, told police he intentionally hit the trooper”.
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You’re still relying on what a cop said another person said ,, I don’t buy it unless it was recorded ,, cops lie.


17 posted on 05/30/2014 5:10:04 AM PDT by Neidermeyer
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To: All

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.


18 posted on 05/30/2014 5:13:18 AM PDT by newnhdad (Our new motto: USA, it was fun while it lasted.)
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To: Rannug
When will LEOs approach a vehicle on the passenger side?

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.

19 posted on 05/30/2014 5:13:40 AM PDT by Labyrinthos
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To: Rannug
When will LEOs approach a vehicle on the passenger side?

They do that around here if there's heavy traffic or the driver doesn't pull well off the road. They also park the car at a slight angle to offer a bit of protection.

On the other hand I also wonder whatever happened to slowing down or pulling over for emergency vehicles.
20 posted on 05/30/2014 5:13:52 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: Labyrinthos

And make those evil automatics illegal!


21 posted on 05/30/2014 5:19:32 AM PDT by Darth Reardon (Is it any wonder I'm not the president?)
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To: Labyrinthos
"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."

"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.

22 posted on 05/30/2014 5:20:43 AM PDT by Sooth2222 ("Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of congress. But I repeat myself." M.Twain)
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To: Labyrinthos

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!


23 posted on 05/30/2014 5:21:53 AM PDT by Hugin
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To: Labyrinthos

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.


24 posted on 05/30/2014 5:25:53 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: cripplecreek

Shady, domestic dispute calls was #1 cause on the job deaths when I was a dispatcher years ago. Not sure about today though.


25 posted on 05/30/2014 5:26:02 AM PDT by sevinufnine (A moderately bad man knows he is not very good. A thoroughly bad man thinks he's alright. C.S. Lewis)
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To: McGruff

“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.”

http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2014/05/suspect_in_death_of_state_trooper_it_had_to_be_a_time_warp.html

I think Almond is a nut.


26 posted on 05/30/2014 5:27:21 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: Orangedog

“All it says is that he was traveling across some states to see some family. 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.” >>> 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.


27 posted on 05/30/2014 5:29:59 AM PDT by sevinufnine (A moderately bad man knows he is not very good. A thoroughly bad man thinks he's alright. C.S. Lewis)
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To: ilovesarah2012

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.


28 posted on 05/30/2014 5:33:38 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: Labyrinthos

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


29 posted on 05/30/2014 5:38:03 AM PDT by Revelation 911
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To: cripplecreek

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.

Regards,


30 posted on 05/30/2014 5:38:44 AM PDT by VermiciousKnid (Sic narro nos totus!)
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To: Orangedog
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.
From the story:For what reason wouldn't a confession be considered credible evidence by you?
31 posted on 05/30/2014 5:45:03 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Orangedog

But wait.
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.


32 posted on 05/30/2014 5:59:01 AM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: oh8eleven

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.


33 posted on 05/30/2014 5:59:30 AM PDT by DaveA37
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To: ilovesarah2012
Spokesman David Procopio said that the department is investigating whether the “moth effect” is to blame.

"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.

34 posted on 05/30/2014 6:09:43 AM PDT by IYAS9YAS (Has anyone seen my tagline? It was here yesterday. I seem to have misplaced it.)
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To: RegulatorCountry

I just heard about this recently. If true, not good.


35 posted on 05/30/2014 6:10:28 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: oh8eleven

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.


36 posted on 05/30/2014 6:11:31 AM PDT by Orangedog (An optimist is someone who tells you to 'cheer up' when things are going his way)
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To: Rannug
When will LEOs approach a vehicle on the passenger side?

They do in Great Britain. What? No...wait.

37 posted on 05/30/2014 6:17:44 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (Only Liberals can look at an amendment that says "shall not be infringed" and see blank parchment.)
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To: MrEdd

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.


38 posted on 05/30/2014 6:20:28 AM PDT by Orangedog (An optimist is someone who tells you to 'cheer up' when things are going his way)
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To: Labyrinthos

” Clearly, we need more motor vehicle control laws.”

And, of course, no civilian should be allowed to own a black car.


39 posted on 05/30/2014 6:25:16 AM PDT by moovova
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To: Labyrinthos
A terrible tragedy. Bottom line - It's not guns, cars, knives we should ban. We must focus on the common thread in ALL of these tragedies without exception.. MENTAL ILLNESS
40 posted on 05/30/2014 6:31:44 AM PDT by 1Old Pro
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To: Labyrinthos

Condolences to the Trooper’s family, friends and coworkers...RIP.

Full measure of the law against the cold blooded perp...


41 posted on 05/30/2014 6:33:45 AM PDT by SZonian (Throwing our allegiances to political parties in the long run gave away our liberty.)
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To: Shady

My condolences...


42 posted on 05/30/2014 6:34:13 AM PDT by SZonian (Throwing our allegiances to political parties in the long run gave away our liberty.)
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To: RegulatorCountry

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.


43 posted on 05/30/2014 6:36:32 AM PDT by hoosierham (Freedom isn't free)
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To: ilovesarah2012
“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.”

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?

44 posted on 05/30/2014 6:43:51 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: Sooth2222

“....It sounds like he’s nuts.”

Fitting that he was named after a nut.....an almond.


45 posted on 05/30/2014 6:59:26 AM PDT by july4thfreedomfoundation (I don't want to feel "safe." I want to feel FREE!)
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To: Labyrinthos

Being a tax collector for the welfare state is a dangerous job.


46 posted on 05/30/2014 8:24:57 AM PDT by zeugma (I have never seen anyone cross the street to avoid a black man in a suit.)
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To: Orangedog
So I’ll keep an open mind ...
Impossible for a cop-hater.
47 posted on 05/30/2014 8:49:06 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: oh8eleven
Impossible for a cop-hater

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.

48 posted on 05/30/2014 9:54:48 AM PDT by Orangedog (An optimist is someone who tells you to 'cheer up' when things are going his way)
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To: newnhdad
. . . 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.

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.

49 posted on 05/30/2014 10:02:52 AM PDT by Oatka (This is America. Assimilate or evaporate.)
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To: Sherman Logan
It's the caption under the mugshot…
"Almond Upton, 60, told police he intentionally hit the trooper. Upton, who was captured without any clothes on, has been charged with first-degree murder."
50 posted on 05/30/2014 10:16:27 AM PDT by moehoward
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