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Not a Mass. incident, but it made national news. The police chief fires this officer for shooting someone, who he already thought was carrying concealed, made the bad choice to wresle with his service revolver. Why did the chief can him? Because he violated the departments use of force policy. And here comes the $5 mil. civil suit.

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Updated: 9:45 p.m. ET April 15, 2004LOUISVILLE, Ky. - A white Louisville police officer indicted on a murder charge in the fatal shooting of a black teenager was fired Thursday.

Police Chief Robert White said McKenzie Mattingly, 31, violated the department's use of force policy when he shot Michael Newby in January.

"Specifically, I felt that Michael Newby was not an immediate threat to the officer's life or his physical well-being. Nor was any other person in the area clearly in immediate danger because of Newby's actions," White said.

Mattingly was indicted March 5 by a grand jury on charges of murder and wanton endangerment.

Mattingly, who is white, told investigators he believed Newby, 19, was carrying a concealed weapon as the two struggled over the officer's service handgun. Police described the incident as an undercover drug buy gone awry.

The officer, who had been on paid administrative leave since the Jan. 3 shooting outside a western Louisville liquor store, has pleaded not guilty and is free on bond.

Newby was the seventh black man killed by police in the past five years in Louisville. His death prompted a series of protests.

"We felt that this was the right decision," said the Rev. Louis Coleman, a protest organizer.

Steve Schroering, Mattingly's attorney in the criminal case, said he was disappointed with White's decision.

"In light of the true facts of the case, the decision is pitiful. But in light of the political environment, it was predictable," Schroering said. He declined to comment further.

"I think there are very solid indications that (Mattingly) feared for his life," said a supporter, Lukas Dwelly.

A spokesman for the Fraternal Order of Police called Mattingly's firing premature, and said the union would file an appeal after the criminal case has ended.

Newby's mother filed a federal lawsuit last month claiming her son's civil rights were violated. She is seeking $5 million in damages.
 

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Guy wrestles (i.e. concerted effort over time) for my service weapon, I believe the reasonable inference is that my life is in imminent jeopardy...........................
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I'd rather be tried by twelve than carried by six!
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Guy wrestles (i.e. concerted effort over time) for my service weapon, I believe the reasonable inference is that my life is in imminent jeopardy...........................
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I'd rather be tried by twelve than carried by six!
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ABSOLUTELY !!!!!!!!!!!!
 

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You're right... It's just a damn shame the way people look at things when they have never worn our shoes...
 

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Typical bullshit... Poor bastard is going to get thrown to the wolves to appease the minority community. Gee I wonder if the good Rev Coleman would give two shits if it was a white guy that got shot.... :321:
 

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A perfect person to reflect on for something like this is Rodney King!!

The shitbird is in the slammer!
 

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"We felt that this was the right decision," said the Rev. Louis Coleman, a protest organizer.
Of course they feel it was the right decision. But I assure you, if the tables were turned and that white officer was killed with his own gun, Rev. Coleman's "community" would be justifiying the killing. I think the statement from the shitbird's family would go something like this...

"My poor boy, he was provoked by that damn white officer. He was just a nice young boy, sure he has been in a little trouble, but he was a good boy...He only committed those 10 robberies and those untold number of other crimes. He was trying to turn his life around, he was 18, tryin' to finish the 6th grade and he was workin' part time as a "street pharmacist" tryin' to support his 8 kids. Now that damn cop had to go and get killed and ruin my son's life...the poor boy"

BS...Rev. Coleman, STFU...
 
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