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Deputy hits suspect
Orlando Sentinel | 12/5/01 | Willoughby Mariano

Posted on 12/05/2001 12:29:12 PM PST by subterfuge

Deputy hits suspect By Willoughby Mariano Sentinel Staff Writer December 5, 2001 KISSIMMEE -- An Osceola County deputy crashed into an unarmed man fleeing on a bicycle Tuesday morning, angering residents in a high-crime Kissimmee neighborhood known for its tense relations with police.

Witnesses told police that Deputy Wiley Black drove over a sidewalk, across a basketball court and through front lawns at a city housing project to catch Terrell Capers, 23, of 129 Hibiscus Lane.

Deputies handcuffed and arrested Capers, who was bleeding from his head, and sent him to Orlando Regional Medical Center. He was to be released into police custody later on Tuesday.

Kissimmee police wanted Capers on a felony warrant for domestic violence and burglary to an occupied home with an aggravated-battery count.

About 100 angry, shouting residents gathered around Black's patrol car on Spring Pines Court, and dozens of police officers and deputies rushed to the scene. Some residents took photographs with their own cameras, saying they were distrustful of police and wanted to get evidence themselves. Black should not have sped through the front lawns of a residential neighborhood to catch a man on a bike, and he had no reason to hit Capers, residents said. He was already cornered, they said, and all Black had to do to stop Capers was to step out of his car.

"You mean to tell me that just because of a warrant, you have to run over someone?" asked Rebecca Faulk, 34, a resident of McLaren Circle. "We are all human."

Officers typically do not use vehicles to stop suspects fleeing on foot, and there is no department policy on whether deputies can use such a procedure, said Jerry Geier, a bureau chief with the Osceola County Sheriff's Office. He added that Black was likely not trying to block Capers' way. "He was probably trying to get a better position," Geier said of Black. Black's personnel record shows similar incidents.

In 1991, the department issued Black a one-day suspension for pursuing a vehicle under risky conditions and failing to notify dispatchers immediately about it.

In 1996, officials reprimanded Black for pursuing a motor vehicle described as suspicious, according to sheriff's documents. That same year, Black was also reprimanded after two children found his lost .45-caliber Glock pistol. Tuesday's chase began shortly after 9:30 a.m. when deputies spotted Capers as he was standing outside Kissimmee Homes in McLaren Circle, a densely populated neighborhood. Capers took off on foot when he spotted deputies Tuesday. Deputy Mike Setvin ran after him.

Black, who had arrived in a separate vehicle, got into his car to chase Capers. The deputy hit the suspect shortly after police say Capers stole a nearby bicycle to elude police.

Capers' girlfriend, Anjanetta Franklin, 22, said her boyfriend was leaving to get milk for their 7-month-old baby at the time of the chase, and she doesn't understand why police would give chase in their vehicles. She rushed up to Capers as he bled in the parking lot. "I was scared," Franklin said. "We have a baby together." Capers' mother, Carol Hardin, 39, said she wants officials to give her answers. "I am upset," Hardin said. "I want to know why my son was run over."

In January 1998, Capers got nearly five years in state prison for violation of probation in a home burglary. He was released in April 2000, according to Department of Corrections records. There was no indication that Capers was committing a crime when police gave chase, said Kissimmee police Capt. Russ Barnes. Geier said deputies knew during the pursuit that there was a warrant out for Capers' arrest.

Typically, Barnes said, police do not use cars against suspects unless an officer or a resident is in immediate danger. The chase occurred inside Kissimmee police jurisdiction, where deputies typically do not patrol. Geier said the department will consider conducting an investigation based on the findings of the Kissimmee police. Susan Jacobson contributed to this report. Willoughby Mariano can be reached at 407-931-5944 or

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This kind of thing has been going on a lot in Orlando lately.

I'd like to see how these people would feel after this loser burglarized their homes. They'd probably whine about that too.

1 posted on 12/05/2001 12:29:12 PM PST by subterfuge
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To: subterfuge
Maybe it was the FIRESTONE tires that caused the cruiser to go awry...
2 posted on 12/05/2001 12:32:31 PM PST by donozark
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To: subterfuge
But he was just a good boy never did anything wrong.
3 posted on 12/05/2001 12:33:04 PM PST by riverrunner
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But Capers was definitely involved in the caper.
4 posted on 12/05/2001 12:41:28 PM PST by GunsareOK
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7 posted on 12/05/2001 12:47:14 PM PST by 2ndMostConservativeBrdMember
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I don't see what all the fuss is about. Cops drive across lawns all the time, especially in prosperous white neighborhoods. I mean, it's not like there'd be kids playing there, or on a basketball court, ferchrissakes!

Buncha whiners!

8 posted on 12/05/2001 12:48:44 PM PST by Grut
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To: subterfuge
"We are all human." That's one way of looking at the world of crime.
9 posted on 12/05/2001 12:51:13 PM PST by RWG
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Maybe the citizens are right.

He should have shot him right off the bat.

10 posted on 12/05/2001 12:52:48 PM PST by RedBloodedAmerican
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To: subterfuge
so, where will black go after getting capers in this kissimmee neighborhood?

"i am going to disney world, of course"

11 posted on 12/05/2001 12:57:13 PM PST by mlocher
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To: subterfuge
Deputy doesn't seem to be in the ten but he caught a fleeing criminal by using reasonable force. He wasn' just chasing someone for the fun of it.
12 posted on 12/05/2001 12:59:20 PM PST by FreePaul
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To: mlocher
This almost sounds like "The Copper Clapper Caper".
13 posted on 12/05/2001 1:03:33 PM PST by Cagey
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Capers as he was standing outside Kissimmee Homes in McLaren Circle

McLaren Circle is the crack cocaine mecca of Kissimmee. If its illegal, its @ Mclaren Circle.

14 posted on 12/05/2001 1:11:08 PM PST by JoeSixPack1
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It is cops like this one that cause such perceived citizen/police problems. This cop was not the sharpest tool in the shed. He was and is a personnel problem that should have been dismissed long ago. Mamma should have gone with her son to the police station the instant she knew there was a warrant out for his arrest and peacefully presented him. Sounds like a dumb bunch all around. The funny part is that the government provides both parties with their paychecks.
15 posted on 12/05/2001 1:14:15 PM PST by blackdog
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That's right...Any Cop has the right to cross your lawn, hit anyone in the back of the head and put anyone else in harm's way just because they are cops...just get out of the way of the cops and what would you have?????? Not America, for sure....being "accused" of certain crimes doesn't make him guilty...

Have a trial, if he is guilty put him away for a long time......I'm a middle aged white male and I've been stopped by rookie cops, and hot head experienced cops...they all apoligized for being wrong...but that doesn't take away what it felt like with there 9mm pointing at me....

there have to be limits with cops..

16 posted on 12/05/2001 1:34:20 PM PST by Uglywhiteguy
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there have to be limits with cops..

Well, dragging the scumbag to the police station behind the car would be a bit extreme, or cutting his arms and legs off with a chain saw, or pouring gasoline over him and burning him to death...but, failing that, if some felon steals my bike to run from the cops, I hope they run him down like a dog. Screw the bike- it would be worth it to me to see a criminal get hit.

17 posted on 12/05/2001 1:43:02 PM PST by fourdeuce82d
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To: fourdeuce82d
When you get asked to give of your time to any community organization, please stay away from any policy steering function. Until you get in your car and run down Teddy Kennedy or Gary Condit, I would stick with toys for tots, adopt a highway, or planting trees in the local parks. Your ideas on application of law kind of scare me.
18 posted on 12/05/2001 1:56:47 PM PST by blackdog
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Roger that, dog! What's wrong with some of the folks around here? A cop driving on sidewalks and across lawns, and running down a suspect with the squad car? You think that's good policing? This guy sounds certifiable to me. He could have killed heaven knows how many people acting like that. Whatever the guy did, this is no way to apprehend a criminal.
19 posted on 12/05/2001 2:16:14 PM PST by ArcLight
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To: subterfuge
Not to profile, but just something to think about:
Capers, 23 years old
His mother, 39 years old

Do the math. And he has a record? Surprise, surprise. as for the method used to apprehend him, I don't know. I would like to know if these people in the neighborhood want him off the street or if they are just upset with how the cops got him.
20 posted on 12/05/2001 2:26:34 PM PST by thefactor
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