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Veteran shot by cop: It's hard to walk

Discussion in 'Legal' started by PinnedAndRecessed, Mar 10, 2006.

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  1. PinnedAndRecessed

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    http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/03/10/airman.shot.ap/index.html

    Cops like this give LEOs a bad name.

    BTW, let's avoid emotionally charged names, please.
     
  2. 1911 guy

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    I'm glad he's recovering.

    I hope the Airman's recovery continues to go well and is complete. I have just one question. Why is shooting an unarmed man who is on the ground termed "manslaughter" instead of "murder"?
     
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    1. That airman needs to chooose better friends. But I hope he recovers fully and quickly.

    2. I hope the cop pays for his deeds, if he is indeed guilty.
     
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    Most likely because it wasn't a premeditated act, done with malice. It was an overreaction to the situation. The deputy had just been racing through the streets at high-speed, with his adrenaline pulsing through his veins. He reacted to what he mistook to be a threat. While he was wrong, it's doubtful that while chasing the car he thought about shooting them in cold blood.
     
  5. 1911 guy

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    Good to know.

    Thanks for the clarification. I'm sure it makes sense to the legal types, but shooting someone because you over reacted seems to cover a lot of ground. I've been in a few adrenaline inducing situations, but if you can't keep your head clear enough to use lethal force judiciously if at all, don't carry a gun. I'm willing to bet that if a CCW'er had a BG on the ground then shot him, the charge would be murder.

    I really don't have anything against cops in general, but I do dislike the bad apples that get press and make me give a suspicious eye to the honest guy who is trying to make a living doing a sometimes hard and dangerous job. This guy just made life a little harder for every other cop in San Bernardino.
     
  6. Ed 2001 SS

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    IIRC,

    Homicide w/o intent, w/o culpability = no charges

    Homicide w/o intent, w/ culpability = involuntary manslaughter

    Homicide with "reasonable intent" (Eg. shooting the man in bed with your wife) = voluntary manslaughter

    Homicide + Premeditation = second degree murder

    Homicide + Premeditation + Malice aforethought = first degree murder
     
  7. wingman

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    This is a speculation but I think the officer was frightened and had his finger on trigger, first round accident, next two were muscle jerks. Far fetched perhaps but I've have seen some weird things done out of fear.
    Frankly I can see no other reason for what he did.
     
  8. Furncliff

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    How long had this leo been on the job?
     
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    I saw the video, and the range of the officer from the airmen seemed to be only a few feet. I hope that the stress of the situation is why the officer missed anything vital. Either that, or the airman needs to thank his lucky stars the officer is a bad shot.
     
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