Anderson City unjustly fires two officers who are hero's


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carolinaofficer1
October 17, 2006, 11:57 PM
Ok I know that there has been some stuff already posted about this story, but has anyone thought about the officers and what happened to them after the shooting? Did anyone know that the female officer had handled a call on the Monday of the same week where she had a gun pulled on her when she approached a suspicious vehicle that had been called in less then a block away from the second incident, and that the man in that case committed suicide after a two and half hour stand off with police? Officer Ashley witnessed the suicide also. I bet that there is very few of you that know that both officer where fired from the department eventually. Chief McConnell fired one of the officer while they got medical attention for injury's (Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) that was suffered due to this shooting. The other officer was fired later but also due to the same type injury's. The first officer sought treatment for problems that they where having and was placed on workers comp. The officer was told that if they did not return to work within 12 weeks that they would be terminated. So the officer applied for there state police retirement and was granted it after a year of being out of work and losing there home to foreclosure. The other officer continued to work but was suffering from the same type of injury as the other officer but kept working because they saw what had happened to the other officer. But they to where in the end forced to go out on workers comp and then terminated after 12 weeks. This officer is having to fight for there retirement as the other officer also had to do, They to are about to lose there home, Because of being out of work and the Doctors saying that they are unable to return to any type of work. The first officer that went out was fired one day and received there retirement the very next day. But the police department still says that the first officer was fired and is not a retired officer of Anderson city. One day keeps this officer from being able to hold there head high, to receive other benefits Such as being able to carry there weapon, receive scholarships so that they may restart school and maybe pursue another career. These officers where given a metal for bravery but it was done in a ceremony that was kept from the public and the press. Now I am no Brain surgeon but this all seems a little underhanded if you ask me. These two officers where cleared of any wrong doing where given a medal and then fired for doing there job and getting hurt. Now from everything that I have read about PTSD there is no way that someone can know that they will get this after a traumatic incident. There is not really any way to fake this injury, but yet it can rob a person of the life that they once lead, as it has to these two officers. Both have lost there career, one has already lost there home and another may soon be fallowing in that same path. Both have lost all there friends, there marriages have suffered, there children have suffered. These two officers have suffered many indignity's at the hands of this Police Department. These officer should be honored as HERO'S yet the department says they are not. Did you know that there where a lot of cases closed as a result of the investigation into the shooting the boys home was searches and there was a lot of stolen items found, as well as a journal that contained plans that this teen was going to rob the store and take the gun's that he got to his high school and shoot other kids that had bullied him? This teen was seeing a shrink that had tried to get him committed to a mental hospital three times in that same year (the previous 4 months). So these officers stopped all that but they are treated as if they did something wrong. Is there any dignity left for these officers? Not unless everyone that thinks that this Department did a disservice to these officers, AND everyone that does talks to there local if they live in the area and State if they live out of the area officials. Hell Call the City of Anderson, 864-231-2272 Talk to the Chief of Police, Talk to the Mayor and the City Manager 864-231-2200. These officer need the support of every law abiding citizen because if it could happen to these officers who are seasoned professionals with combined 20 years experience, THEN IT COULD HAPPEN TO YOU TOO...


Investigators Identify Teen Shot During Burglary Attempt
Two Anderson Officers On Administrative Leave Following Shooting

POSTED: 10:06 pm EDT April 8, 2004
UPDATED: 10:21 pm EDT April 8, 2004

ANDERSON -- Detectives have identified a teen who was shot to death behind a Clemson Boulevard sporting goods store Wednesday night.

The Anderson County Coroner's Office said that Christopher Nash, 16, died of a single gunshot wound to the chest just after 11 p.m. Wednesday.

Officials said officers responded to a burglar alarm at Grady's Great Outdoors store. When they arrived, they found Nash behind the building. Nash pulled out a gun and two officers opened fire.

Three guns -- one found next to Nash, the others belonging to the officers -- are being examined by the State Law Enforcement Division in Columbia. Officials have not said if Nash fired at the officers, nor how many shots were fired.

The officers, who have not been identified, are on administrative leave while the incident is under investigation.
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Chief releases names of officers involved in shooting
By Charmaine Smith
Independent-Mail
April 9, 2004

Chief releases names of officers involved in shootingAs required by departmental policy, both officers have been placed on paid leave until the State Law Enforcement Division completes its investigation.

Initially, Anderson Police Chief Derrill McConnell refused to release the officers’ names. But under the direction of Anderson Mayor Richard Shirley and after consulting with SLED, the police chief released the officers’ names as required by state open records laws.

Chief McConnell said both officers are patrol officers and have worked with the department for at least two years.

However, other details, such as how many shots were fired and whether the boy fired any shots, have not been released. The question of where the handgun, found next to the boy’s body, came from has not been answered.

At 11:17 p.m., Ms. Mullis and Mr. Ashley responded to a silent burglar alarm call at Grady’s Great Outdoors sporting goods store on Clemson Boulevard. According to a police report, the officers found the business’s back door had been pried open and 16-year-old Christopher Brandon Nash behind the business armed with a handgun.

The report states that the "subject pointed his weapon at officers. Shots were fired and the subject was hit."

Mayor Shirley said he would let SLED answer additional questions about the case. He said he believes if any more details are released by himself or Chief McConnell, it might seem as if they are trying to sway the outcome of the state’s investigation.

SLED spokeswoman Kathryn Richardson has not released any details about the case.

Whether or not shots were fired at the officers, Mayor Shirley said the boy’s death is a terrible tragedy. But he defends the actions of the police officers if a gun was aimed at them.

"To me it does not matter one nickel’s worth if a bullet came out of his gun," Mayor Shirley said.Little information about the 16-year-old was available Friday. His family did not want to talk about the incident Friday.

The 16-year-old, who went by Brandon, was one of two children. He had a brother, Michael Nash. Christopher would have celebrated his 17th birthday on May 6.

The McDougald Funeral Home on North Main Street is handling funeral arrangements. The family is receiving friends at the funeral home today from 6 to 8 p.m. His funeral will be held at the funeral home at 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

Charmaine Smith can be reached at (864) 260-1269 or by e-mail at smithca@IndependentMail.com.

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swampgator
October 18, 2006, 12:30 AM
Just a thought: next time use paragraphs. Makes it easier on the reader.

As for the firings: not sure how worker's compensation laws are written in that state. I would suggest consultation with an attorney familiar with employment law.

DRMMR02
October 18, 2006, 12:41 AM
I would think 12 weeks would be enough time to cope with seeing someone die, at least if your chosen profession has a very real chance of that happening. I mean no disrespect to those 2 officers, but maybe policing is not the right job for them.

I witnessed a murder when I was 10 in a park, and I don't think it affected me any. Although I do have an intense desire to become a police officer myself...

On the other hand, I am not a police officer yet and every situation is different, so I could be totally wrong.

In reagards to them actually getting fired, it seems like there could have been a little more understanding on the side of the department. "Get your act together or get out" might not be the best approach.

Pilgrim
October 18, 2006, 01:02 AM
No one can truly be prepared to take a life. It is only made worse when the officer's department handles the post shooting events badly.

Department's that hold 'secret' ceremonies away from the public to decorate officers for bravery are shirking their duty to their officers and the community. Secret ceremonies imply that the officers being decorated did something wrong.

A sergeant in my department was treated shabbily after he took out a gang banger who came to town to execute gang rivals. The sergeant was treated poorly by the press and by the shooting investigation handled by another department. It was a couple of months before the sergeant was cleared by the city, the district attorney, the FBI, the press, and last but not least, the NAACP.

The sergeant was 'decorated' for bravery, but not in a ceremony. His medal was tossed to him by a captain who said, "Here, you earned this."

The sergeant suffered from PTSD, but no one in management recognized it. He was fired after he was caught shoplifting. The psychiatrist who handled his case after the shoplifting said it was a classic response to PTSD and post shooting guilt.

Hollywood makes cop gunfighters look like heroes, when often the opposite in real life occurs; the cop and his family are treated like lepers.

Pilgrim

hso
October 18, 2006, 08:55 AM
No offence guys, but this is about employee/employer relations in law enforcement and belongs over in APS.

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