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Old 09-25-2014, 05:58 AM
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This is ugly...
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Old 09-25-2014, 06:06 AM
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Saw that on the news this morning. Yep, he's screwed.

I'll wear my seatbelt in SC!
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Old 09-25-2014, 06:23 AM
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Blanket statements are usually never correct but every day I wake up to yet another unnecessary "LEO shoots unarmed person" story I have to think that ALL police need a reality check.

This case is a perfect opportunity to throw the book at this guy and send a message. To all LEO that read this, I mean no disrespect and appreciate your service, just starting to feel like it is inevitable that something like this hits to close to home some day.

Do we need to keep our DL pasted to our foreheads to avoid this?
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The officer was just making sure that he went home safe that day.
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Old 09-25-2014, 06:32 AM
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He was just trying to teach the man a lesson, "If you don't wear your seat belt there is a chance you could get shot."
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WOW...just wow!! Why was he not instructed to get back in his vehicle, instead of the officer just firing on him?
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Originally Posted by dlos View Post
Blanket statements are usually never correct but every day I wake up to yet another unnecessary "LEO shoots unarmed person" story I have to think that ALL police need a reality check.

This case is a perfect opportunity to throw the book at this guy and send a message. To all LEO that read this, I mean no disrespect and appreciate your service, just starting to feel like it is inevitable that something like this hits to close to home some day.

Do we need to keep our DL pasted to our foreheads to avoid this?
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Looks to me like there are a couple of folks directly behind the guy that got shot (in the line of fire) Glad more folks didnt get hit.
That guy should be thankful that cop was a bad shot and did more missing than hitting.
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Looks to me like there are a couple of folks directly behind the guy that got shot (in the line of fire) Glad more folks didnt get hit.
That guy should be thankful that cop was a bad shot and did more missing than hitting.
Not to mention shooting at a gas station where things can go boom!!! Another idiot cop that has no business being on the street and thankfully won't be anymore.
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Charges filed

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/201...r-charged.html
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Cop definitly made a mistake, but I can understand how it happened. The driver moves quickly back into the car, my feeling was that he was going for a gun or other weapon.

Bad situation for everyone involved.
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I wonder if he still wrote the ticket for the seat belt.....

Smdh...it's almost like you have to carry to protect yourself against cops these days
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The officer was just making sure that he went home safe that day.
He won't be too safe in prison, now will he?

"In the current case, South Carolina law enforcement has moved fast to put to say the facts are not disputed and to put the blame squarely on Groubert.

A warrant in the case released late Wednesday by SLED says that Groubert “did without justification unlawfully shoot Levar Jones ...”

“Audio and visual recordings, as well as written statements obtained indicate the shooting incident was without justification,” the warrant said."

Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/201...#storylink=cpy
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Cop definitly made a mistake, but I can understand how it happened. The driver moves quickly back into the car, my feeling was that he was going for a gun or other weapon.

Bad situation for everyone involved.
Agree. Had that guy been grabbing a gun we'd be patting that trooper on the back for taking out another bad guy.
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W/out the video i wonder where this would be?
This crap has got to stop. As a person who has had a officer point a gun to his face from about 3 feet away i can tell you it is not good to look down the barrel of a loaded weapon wondering if that maybe the last thing you ever see.

Police officers have probably the hardest job in the world with incredible stress. I question if after some period of time some are desensitized to the rule of law and their role.
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W/out the video i wonder where this would be?
This crap has got to stop. As a person who has had a officer point a gun to his face from about 3 feet away i can tell you it is not good to look down the barrel of a loaded weapon wondering if that maybe the last thing you ever see.

Police officers have probably the hardest job in the world with incredible stress. I question if after some period of time some are desensitized to the rule of law and their role.
Bank robbery?
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Cop definitly made a mistake, but I can understand how it happened. The driver moves quickly back into the car, my feeling was that he was going for a gun or other weapon.

Bad situation for everyone involved.
You just can't assume he is going for a weapon.
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Yeah I just saw this. Clearly the cop jumped the gun. Cop asks for the drivers license. You can clearly see the guy check his pocket for it but realizes it's in the truck so he goes in the truck to get it.

Following a cops instructions gets him shot. Just another example of why the general public does not trust or respect today's police officers. They are just too hot headed.

Don't take me wrong. There are lots of very good police officers. But it's these officers that give the entire profession a black eye. These days you never know what can happen to you if you get pulled over for a broken tail light, not using a blinker or in this case not wearing your seat belt.

As someone that has cops as friends and has never been arrested in my life. I am more afraid of cops than criminals. If you feel threatened by a criminal you can run away or pull your gun. If you feel threatened by a cop running away or pulling your weapon will get you killed. With a bad cop you have zero options to get out of the situation other than getting shot.
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