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The Fox 5 news broke in yesterday evening with a story about a police shooting. Turns out they pulled over a black 2001 Ford Taurus because of a discrepency with its plates (didnt match the car, or something). They ran the VIN on the Taurus and it came up stolen.

They put the man, un cuffed and evedently not searched good enough, into the back of the patrol car for questioning, leaving his chick in the Taurus with the other officer.

The man in the cop car got his gun out and shot the officer SEVERAL times. A few graze wounds, nothing life-threatening (elbow had to be opperated on, etc).

The other officer ran from the Taurus back to the cruiser and shot (though the Crown Vic's rear window) the man, killing him. Meanwhile, the chick still sitting in the stolen Taurus takes off, she was later cought and arrested.

They said the words "Ford Taurus" like six or seven times, lol. The other news channel just said "stolen car".

Fox Five interviewed the owner of the Taurus and his freind (a female), and they described the ordeal and the owner said he saw his stolen Taurus a few days afterwards but police were unable to catch it. The other news said it was carjacked from two unidentified women. LOL if you dont have the full story, fill in the blanks with guesses? LOL.
 

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Atlanta is one crazy city isnt it john...i guess thats why i miss it. BTW: is Ken Cook still doing the weather?
 

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That story just rings of bad officer safety. I am very glad to hear that the officer is ok, considering. There is NO reason that if you are detaining a person, whether in a patrol car of not, that you should not cuff them, that is just bad officer safety. Plates came back stolen or not on file equals FELONY CAR STOP period. Then to put a person the patrol car with even a "pat down", don't get me started
I must stop now for a feel an entire rant developing....
 

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Originally posted by Troper8@Jan 22 2004, 06:45 PM
That story just rings of bad officer safety. I am very glad to hear that the officer is ok, considering. There is NO reason that if you are detaining a person, whether in a patrol car of not, that you should not cuff them, that is just bad officer safety. Plates came back stolen or not on file equals FELONY CAR STOP period. Then to put a person the patrol car with even a "pat down", don't get me started
I must stop now for a feel an entire rant developing....
Ditto, Ditto and Ditto.

One good thing came of it..... Others will learn from it, quickly
 

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I think the officer may have been trying to uphold the "innocent until proven guilty" philosophy of the law. However since there are some bastards out there who take advantage of police like that, it is unfortunately necessary that anyone being detained should be cuffed. Or at least searched, I mean an officer even searched me when he had me in the back of the car filling out a report after witnessing a robbery. I didn't get offended cause what if I did have a gun or something? It's not worth taking the chance.

As for the dude that got shot. All I can say is, DARWIN'd. What a freaking idiot. Shooting AT an officer is going to get your a** kicked enough. Shooting and wounding or killing an officer is not only going to land your a** behind bars forever, but if you do get away, every cop in the city is going to be on you.

I think that for the sake of everyone it's a good thing criminals are idiots.

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Originally posted by Twilight@Jan 23 2004, 01:58 AM
I think the officer may have been trying to uphold the "innocent until proven guilty" philosophy of the law.
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Turns out they pulled over a black 2001 Ford Taurus because of a discrepency with its plates (didnt match the car, or something). They ran the VIN on the Taurus and it came up stolen.[/b]
If the plates were clear, then no need for a felony car stop. But there is a "sixth" sense that cops have, they can just feel when something isn't right or something is "hinky", maybe the cop didn't see it in the driver's eyes or body language, or hear it in his speech, but there were undoubtedly signs that something was "left of center".

Innocent until proven guilty...well if the car that this guy is driving around in has some questionable plates, then the VIN comes back stolen...that in the very least is possession of stolen property, but probably GTA (grand theft auto), possible carjacking,receiving stolen property, and that's just the vehicle. The whole shooting at a cop is another laundry list of charges (if the guy had survived, glad he didn't)
 

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Well I dont think they realized at first it was a stolen Taurus. I think they figured the guy bought the car and used the plates from his prevoius car to put on it until he got new ones (not exactly legal but its not GTA either).

THey said the officer did a breif pat down but obvously missed the gun.

What was the idiot (criminal) thinking, anyway? "Gee, if I shoot this cop, the other cop will just let me go and I'll be free again!"

Just like when he stole the Taurus and then drove it around for several weeks: "Huh, no one will notice, mabye the guy wont even report it!"

 

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Originally posted by Nick986@Jan 22 2004, 04:37 PM
Atlanta is one crazy city isnt it john...i guess thats why i miss it. BTW: is Ken Cook still doing the weather?
Heh heh I dont know man, I usually just watch CNN or (more trustworthy) FOX news channel but I was waiting for the Simpsons or something on another channel and happen to catch the begining of the story just as the news was coming on (it was their top story).
 
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