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Thu Jun 18, 2020, 05:53 PM

Georgia police are circling the wagons: Training Director says shooting "justified"

These guys are going to do everything they can to get these officers acquitted. Things are going to get BAD in Atlanta.

We cannot let these killers get off.

https://www.fox5atlanta.com/news/georgia-police-training-director-believes-brooks-shooting-was-tragic-yet-justified




FORSYTH, Ga. - The man who runs the training academy for nearly all Georgia law enforcement officers says the shooting of Rayshard Brooks was tragic, yet justified.


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DECISION 3: Officer Rolfe shoots Brooks even though he knew the weapon fired back was a non-deadly taser.

Wigginton points to case law and statutes in Georgia that allows an officer to use deadly force “to prevent death or great bodily injury to himself or to prevent the commission of a forcible felony.”

He said the taser is an “incapacitating weapon” that could have left Rolfe vulnerable to “great bodily injury” if he fell and hit his head on the ground or the curb.

But couldn’t the same thing happen if someone threw a baseball, a water balloon or any object at an officer who was giving chase?

“It does give the police some leeway in the decision-making,” he replied.

Still, Wigginton believed Rolfe followed proper training when he fired his weapon.

“It was a justified shooting,” he said.

Wigginton said if you don’t like the training, the first step is to change the law.

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Reply Georgia police are circling the wagons: Training Director says shooting "justified" (Original post)
PTWB Jun 2020 OP
Phoenix61 Jun 2020 #1
PTWB Jun 2020 #3
Phoenix61 Jun 2020 #8
PTWB Jun 2020 #13
Buckeyeblue Jun 2020 #2
Iggo Jun 2020 #4
dawg day Jun 2020 #5
Phoenix61 Jun 2020 #9
The Magistrate Jun 2020 #6
crickets Jun 2020 #10
sop Jun 2020 #7
SallyHemmings Jun 2020 #11
maxsolomon Jun 2020 #12
FreeState Jun 2020 #14

Response to PTWB (Original post)

Thu Jun 18, 2020, 05:58 PM

1. The taser had already been fired twice so

was rendered useless. The police would have known that.

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Response to Phoenix61 (Reply #1)

Thu Jun 18, 2020, 06:03 PM

3. The cops lawyer says he thought it was a gun shooting at him so he returned fire

Maybe they’ll go with that defense, or maybe they’ll say he didn’t know it had been fired twice, or maybe they’ll say there wasn’t enough time between the taser being fired and the shots being fired for him to process that information.

In any case the cops are going to fight tooth and nail to get this guy off. They’re going to parade hundreds of “expert witnesses” in front of the jury explaining why it was justified. Just watch.

We cannot allow them get away with this.

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Response to PTWB (Reply #3)

Thu Jun 18, 2020, 06:42 PM

8. My understanding is the taser was fired

at the victim prior to him grabbing it and running.

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Response to Phoenix61 (Reply #8)

Thu Jun 18, 2020, 06:55 PM

13. The taser belonged to the cop who didn't shoot

It is unclear if the cop 'knew' it had been fired during the initial tussle or, more importantly, if they can prove he knew.

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Response to PTWB (Original post)

Thu Jun 18, 2020, 06:02 PM

2. The police will continue to double down and double down

I think the biggest difference this time is that corporate America responded to them with disgust. Once the corporations take a stand, we can start to see progress.

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Response to PTWB (Original post)

Thu Jun 18, 2020, 06:13 PM

4. Let's try changing the cops first. Better trainers. Better training. Better cops.

Overhaul time!

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Response to PTWB (Original post)

Thu Jun 18, 2020, 06:21 PM

5. Well, we can see why these cops were so bad--

If this is the one who trained them.

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Response to dawg day (Reply #5)

Thu Jun 18, 2020, 06:43 PM

9. This! It looks like they have a monopoly on

the trading for the entire state. Wouldn’t that be an interesting investigative reporting assignment.

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Response to PTWB (Original post)

Thu Jun 18, 2020, 06:33 PM

6. Actually, Sir, The First Step Is To Fire This Idiot Trainer

And be aware of any officers he has trained, as they may be in dire need of rehabilitation.

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Response to The Magistrate (Reply #6)

Thu Jun 18, 2020, 06:47 PM

10. +1

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Response to PTWB (Original post)

Thu Jun 18, 2020, 06:36 PM

7. Cops look for any excuse to kill black men who resist during every encounter.

Go just below their thin veneer of "professional training copspeak," and most police officers seem to believe the legal system unfairly prevents them from executing resisting black men at will. Apparently, circumventing these pesky legal obstacles by fabricating the flimsiest justifications to excuse the killing of blacks is their God-given right as LEOs.

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Response to PTWB (Original post)

Thu Jun 18, 2020, 06:47 PM

11. The second step is to change the cops

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Response to PTWB (Original post)

Thu Jun 18, 2020, 06:51 PM

12. This is a standard defense.

Expect to see it used in the trial, and don't be shocked when it works. It takes 1 juror to nullify.

Brooks fired a weapon in the direction of the Police. Doesn't matter to them if they knew it was a twice-fired taser. They're going to panic and shoot back; they always have.

They shoot you if you wave a knife at them from 20' away.

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Response to PTWB (Original post)

Thu Jun 18, 2020, 07:00 PM

14. Why are they talking about an ongoing investigation?

The there needs to stop, that is highly unethical in itself.

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