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Atlanta, GA OIS AB DW officer's taser.

Discussion in 'Law Enforcement Articles' started by RodneyFarva, Jun 14, 2020.

  1. CCCSD

    CCCSD MassCops Member

    Good shoot. Officer sees suspect pointing a weapon at him, sees a shot from it AT him, uses deadly force to stop the threat. What’s the problem? It even falls within the state guidelines as a taser is a deadly weapon per THEM.
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  2. RodneyFarva

    RodneyFarva Get off my lawn!

    One of the cops have been charged with murder..
  3. Hush

    Hush Moderator Staff Member

    That entire department needs to self quarantine for 14 days. To be safe. I'm sure the city can police itself for the next 2 weeks.

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  4. RodneyFarva

    RodneyFarva Get off my lawn!

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  5. CCCSD

    CCCSD MassCops Member

    Good. Everyone book out sick. You’ve got a DA that will file charges if you sneeze towards a black person. Fuck ATL. Big Boy Rules.
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  6. FTH

    FTH MassCops Member

    DA described the incident details and those did not sound good ...
    Officers spent 40+ minutes talking to Brooks and he was calm cooperative
    They didn’t warn Brooks he is being arrested for DUI
    Taser was already fired twice and it was not charged anymore
    After shooting Brooks officer kicked him and another officer stood on his body (???)
    Failed to render timely medical help

    What a mess!
  7. patrol22

    patrol22 MassCops Member

    You know there are two sides to every story right?

    1. Who cares if they spoke calmly for 41 minutes, things can change in a second.

    2. Who cares, what difference would that have made

    3. We know this now but did the Officer know in that moment?

    4. 2 minutes when your head is spinning isn’t a long time.

    This case is going nowhere.
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  8. CCCSD

    CCCSD MassCops Member

    GBZi hasn’t even finished their investigation. But everyone else has and knows he’s guilty? Yeah...turn in your badge and Man Card.
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  9. visible25

    visible25 MassCops Member

    Interestingly enough, this is the same DA who charged the Atlanta officers with excessive force/ Assault DW for using their tasers on the 2 protestors in their car

    Assault DW in Georgia must be with a deadly weapon, so therefore if the weapon used in that incident was a deadly weapon the taser is viewed as a deadly weapon...

    If that’s the case, then would not this situation permit the deadly force ? Interesting
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  10. Sooty

    Sooty Administrator

    Apparently it's only deadly when police use it.
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  11. RodneyFarva

    RodneyFarva Get off my lawn!

    Rolfe’s attorneys released the following statement:

    “I’ve been prosecuting or defending Georgians in the criminal justice system for 25 years. But never in my career have I seen a District Attorney act so unethically without regard for his professional obligations in pursuit of reelection. Twice in the past few weeks Paul Howard has put his own ambitions ahead of the good of his constituents as he seeks to capitalize on a series of national tragedies.

    “Under Georgia’s Rule of Professional Conduct 3.8, Paul Howard is prohibited from making “extrajudicial comments that have a substantial likelihood of heightening public condemnation of the accused.” In fact, he is only permitted to inform the “public of the nature and extent” of his actions “that serve a legitimate law enforcement purpose.” He has violated that rule today and also made blatant false statements.

    “He has also acted rashly, before the official investigation has been completed by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI). Had Paul Howard waited for the GBI to complete its investigation he would have learned that while Rayshard Brooks’ death was tragic, Officer Garrett Rolfe’s actions were justified under Georgia law and that there is no legal basis to charge him with 11 felonies.

    “On June 12, 2020, Officer Brosnan responded to a call that a person was passed out in a car at a Wendy’s. Suspecting that the driver, Rayshard Brooks, was drunk, Officer Brosnan requested the assistance of an officer with specialized training in conducting DUI investigations: Officer Rolfe. The DUI investigation that followed was routine, and at the end of it, Officer Rolfe determined that he had probable cause arrest Mr. Brooks. No one is disputing that probable cause existed for Mr. Brooks’ arrest. And there is no argument that Officer Rolfe was anything other than courteous to Mr. Brooks over the course of their encounter. There is also no dispute that, up until the moment of his arrest, Mr. Brooks, too, was polite and cooperative.

    “Suddenly, something changed. Mr. Brooks began to struggle with, and attack, both Officer Brosnan and Officer Rolfe. Under Georgia law, Mr. Brooks’ forceful resistance to arrest, and his attack on the officers, constituted felony obstruction. All Georgia citizens, including police officers, are entitled to use force to defend themselves from forcible felonies.

    “Over the course of the encounter, Officers Brosnan and Rolfe attempted to use the least amount of force necessary to end the encounter and ensure their safety, while Mr. Brooks continued to escalate, until he at last he punched Officer Rolfe in the face, a second felony. Then, Mr. Brooks took Officer Brosnan’s TASER, a third felony. A TASER is an offensive weapon under Georgia law and has been declared to be a deadly weapon by Paul Howard; in fact, one of his investigators swore that a TASER is a deadly weapon before the Honorable Belinda Edwards on June 2, 2020.

    “One video shows Mr. Brooks pointing the TASER at Officer Brosnan’s head, and Officer Brosnan’s lawyer stated that Mr. Brooks shot Officer Brosnan with the TASER, a fourth felony. At that point, Officer Rolfe deployed his TASER, but it had no effect. Mr. Brooks began running through the parking lot armed with Officer Brosnan’s TASER. But he wanted to deter pursuit. So instead of continuing to run, he paused, reached back, pointed, and fired what we now know was Officer Brosnan’s TASER at Officer Rolfe; this was an additional aggravated assault, a fifth felony. Officer Rolfe heard a sound like a gunshot and saw a flash in front of him, and so he did what any officer in that situation would do: he dropped his TASER, pulled his gun, and fired it at Mr. Brooks. Mr. Brooks fell to the ground, Officer Rolfe gathered himself, and then he immediately called for EMS and began life-saving measures.

    “That Officer Rolfe was justified is clear under Georgia law. A police officer may use deadly force to apprehend a suspected felon when the officer reasonably believes that the suspect possesses a deadly weapon or any object, device, or instrument which, when used offensively against a person, is likely to or actually does result in serious bodily injury; when the officer reasonably believes that the suspect poses an immediate threat of physical violence to the officer or others; or when there is probable cause to believe that the suspect has committed a crime involving the infliction or threatened infliction of serious physical harm. When Mr. Brooks chose to attack two officers, to disarm one of them, and to point and fire a deadly weapon at Officer Rolfe, he took their lives, and his own, into his hands. He took the risk that their justified response might be a deadly one.

    “Nobody is here to applaud the death of Mr. Brooks. He was a father, he was a member of his community, and his death was a tragedy. But not every tragedy is a crime. Time and again in this country, we have used tragic deaths to push for new and harsher prosecutions and for less empathy for the accused. But following every sad event with yet another prosecution isn’t an end to this cycle— it is simply another aspect of its continuation.

    “Although we can all understand the grief of Mr. Brooks’ family, Officer Rolfe’s actions were justified by the law. But Paul Howard’s choice to charge him is justified only by his hopes to improve his performance against Fani Willis in the upcoming runoff election.”
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  12. RodneyFarva

    RodneyFarva Get off my lawn!

  13. RodneyFarva

    RodneyFarva Get off my lawn!

    FYI one of the Officers is from Massachusetts. So if you know him or he is even on the board let him know we got his back!

    GREENSBORO – This Georgia city is 75 miles east of Atlanta and seems farther from its tangled court system. But when Doug Collins mentioned Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard at a campaign stop Tuesday, there was an audible hiss in the room.
    The Republican candidate for a U.S. Senate seat has ratcheted up the pressure on Howard to recuse himself from the investigation into the death of Rayshard Brooks, who was killed outside an Atlanta Wendy’s after a struggle with two Atlanta police officers.

    At TV appearances and on social media, the four-term congressman has urged Howard to step aside and allow an independent prosecutor to take up the case after the district attorney charged two Atlanta police officers with Brooks’ killing.

    And on Wednesday he sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr urging him to open an investigation into Howard’s “egregious abuse of power” and accused him being driven by political reasons. Howard faces an August runoff against a challenger to keep his seat for a seventh term.

    “I ask that you engage any and all Department of Justice resources you consider appropriate to ensure that these officers are treated fairly under the law, and are not subject to abrogation of their right to be treated fairly under the law simply because they are law enforcement officers,” he wrote.
    The public pressure offers Collins, the son of a Georgia State Patrol trooper, an avenue to demonstrate his support for law enforcement at a time when protests demanding racial justice and an end to police brutality are infuriating some conservatives.

    They also allow him to swipe at supporters of U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler, whom he’s challenging in the November special election. He’s repeatedly urged Gov. Brian Kemp and Attorney General Chris Carr – two of Loeffler’s top political allies – to join his call.
    Carr has pointed to state laws that show his office has the legal authority to appoint another prosecutor to a case only if a court disqualifies the DA or if the DA recuses himself or herself.

    Howard, who didn't immediately comment, has denied accusations that he was politically motivated to bring criminal charges against Garrett Rolfe, who fired the shots that killed Brooks, and Officer Devin Brosnan. Both have said they followed police protocol and did nothing wrong.

    The district attorney is also facing a criminal investigation at the request of Attorney General Chris Carr. Its focus is Howard’s use of a nonprofit to funnel city of Atlanta grant money to his personal bank account.

    In the letter, Collins said Howard should have presented the evidence first to a grand jury and criticized his public statements about the case.

    “Georgians must have confidence that both the process and the outcome of this case is devoid of any and all political influence,” he wrote. “Unfortunately, Georgians have rightfully lost that confidence in DA Howard.”

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  14. Hush

    Hush Moderator Staff Member

    My biggest fear is that one day they'll start hanging politicians from light posts. My second biggest fear is that we won't have enough light posts.

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