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GBI investigating SWAT team shooting of Iraq war vet in Appling County standoff
jacksonville.com ^ | 21 Feb 2012 | Terry Dickson

Posted on 02/21/2012 8:54:11 PM PST by smokingfrog

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I don't like the sound of this one.
1 posted on 02/21/2012 8:54:23 PM PST by smokingfrog
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To: smokingfrog

Damn.


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3 posted on 02/21/2012 9:16:51 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: smokingfrog

“Dixon had served several tours in Iraq and had friends among the Appling County deputies, Sweat said.
“It’s a regrettable situation,’’ Sweat said.
Dixon’s older sister, Serran Aaron, said her brother suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder and was 100 percent disabled.”

Wow, these cops really went out on a limb for their buddy. It seems like cops these days are really trigger happy and trained accordingly. So his “friends” at the Sherrifs department gunned a sick man down like a dog. I recall a story where a mentally retarded teenager was shot down after being badly burned in a vehicle accident. He was jumping around “acting erratically and growling” instead of following deputy dog’s commands. So they shot him down. He refused to lay down on hot asphalt with first degree burns all over his body.


4 posted on 02/21/2012 9:22:16 PM PST by DariusBane (People are like sheep and have two speeds: grazing and stampede)
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To: smokingfrog
I don't like the sound of this one.

Me neither; but, and I really hate to say it, it seems like the police are being trained to kill anyone who does not OBEY.
Yes, he had a weapon; he was in fear for his life. (Combat-zone mentality.)
No, the was not an immediate threat; he was not threatening anyone else or behaving in an actually violent manner.
...and yet they (the police) say the need/opportunity to kill him.

5 posted on 02/21/2012 9:48:53 PM PST by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: DariusBane
It seems like cops these days are really trigger happy and trained accordingly.

I just said much the same thing.

I recall a story where a mentally retarded teenager was shot down after being badly burned in a vehicle accident. [...] He refused to lay down on hot asphalt with first degree burns all over his body.

That doesn't sound retarded at all to me.
What does sound retarded is: vehicle-accident survivor* —> shoot-him!

* Esp considering a vehicle accident could easily be a cause for traumatic brain injury, in which case that "acting erratically" is actually a symptom.

6 posted on 02/21/2012 9:55:04 PM PST by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: smokingfrog

Judge jury and executioner.

Not saying it is smart to hold a gun after cops say to put it down - but - shooting the guy for disobeying? Where was the imminent threat?

When did “not rapidly following police orders outside your own house” turn into reason to use deadly force?


7 posted on 02/21/2012 9:56:36 PM PST by Eldon Tyrell (question,.)
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To: Eldon Tyrell

So, I guess if I’m sitting on MY front porch (private property) with my rifle across my lap and a cop drives up, rolls down the window and tells me to put down the gun, he has the right to kill me if I don’t “OBEY” the POWER.


8 posted on 02/21/2012 10:02:34 PM PST by Terry Mross (Difference between a conservative / liberal-obvious. Difference between a rep and a dem? None)
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Air guns with tranquillizer darts should be part of any SWAT team's arsenal.
9 posted on 02/21/2012 10:07:07 PM PST by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: Eldon Tyrell

As an old cop and former mil I can tell you how I would have handled the situation.

I would have just walked up and said lets talk.

I have seen officers that could turn a jay walking into a riot and then I have seen officers that could turn a riot into just a jay walking.

In the end its whether you honor the code: To SERVE AND PROTECT


10 posted on 02/21/2012 10:07:49 PM PST by Steve Newton (And the Wolves will learn what we have shown before-We love our sheep we dogs of war. Vaughn)
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To: Steve Newton

Thanks Steve!


11 posted on 02/21/2012 10:18:49 PM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: smokingfrog
Not again...

Prayers for his family.

12 posted on 02/22/2012 12:19:49 AM PST by starlifter (Pullum sapit)
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To: smokingfrog
There has never been a situation that could not be made worse by the presence of the police.
13 posted on 02/22/2012 1:09:33 AM PST by Dick Bachert (Obozo deserves another term: IN LEAVENWORTH. 25 to life sounds about right!)
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Yes, he had a weapon...No, the was not an immediate threat

Only if he was asleep.

14 posted on 02/22/2012 1:29:04 AM PST by papertyger
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To: smokingfrog

No, I did not watch the video, but just wondering if this might have been a case of suicide by LEO.

Thank you for your service Marine. RIP

Prayers up.


15 posted on 02/22/2012 4:25:16 AM PST by Rannug ("God has given it to me, let him who touches it beware.")
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To: Brad from Tennessee

How about slipping the suspect a Mickey Finn at his favorite bar?


16 posted on 02/22/2012 4:28:58 AM PST by BilLies ( It's Black History Month..Don't forget the 330,000 White Northerners who died 1861-5 to Free Slaves)
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To: Steve Newton

You sound to have a very good head on your shoulders, I would of done to same to a brother in arms, however to serve and protect doesn’t seem to hold much sway anymore. It seems to be the “Us and them” mentality.


17 posted on 02/22/2012 4:48:53 AM PST by Bulwyf
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“Air guns with tranquillizer darts should be part of any SWAT team’s arsenal. “

No they shouldn’t. If they are given a new “tool” they’ll find a way to abuse it.


18 posted on 02/22/2012 5:40:15 AM PST by dljordan ("Tyranny, like Hell, is not easily conquered.")
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To: OneWingedShark

You are correct. Brain injury is very often leads to violent and irrational behavior. This behavior of a stunned, injured motorist can lead to a field execution by a cowardly cop who has no desire to sort things out. Much easier to just start shooting. Safer for the cop who just wants to preserve his own skin and his gubment cheese fueled lifestyle.


19 posted on 02/22/2012 6:12:36 AM PST by DariusBane (People are like sheep and have two speeds: grazing and stampede)
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To: Eldon Tyrell

These cops knew this guy. Story says he was “friends” with some of the deputies. We can infer that this man and his disability were well known. Yet cops seem to specialize in making a bad situation worst.


20 posted on 02/22/2012 6:18:18 AM PST by DariusBane (People are like sheep and have two speeds: grazing and stampede)
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