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'Police officer 'excused' after mistakenly using his gun instead of his Taser to shoot unarmed inmate in cell, DA says'
Posted by: btfc
Date: April 13, 2019 10:00PM
' A small-town Pennsylvania police officer will not face charges after shooting an unarmed man during a struggle because the officer honestly believed at the time he was using his Taser, not his service weapon, the Bucks County district attorney's office says in a statement.

District Attorney Matthew Weintraub said the March 3 shooting was "was neither justified, nor criminal, but was excused," according to the statement posted on the DA's office website.

"Weintraub said the law excuses the shooting officer's conduct from criminal prosecution because of his 'honest but mistaken' belief he was deploying his Taser at the time he discharged his service weapon," the statement said. '


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Re: 'Police officer 'excused' after mistakenly using his gun instead of his Taser to shoot unarmed inmate in cell, DA says'
Posted by: Rolando
Date: April 14, 2019 10:20AM
need "Annals of a Police State" in the header!



San Antonio, TX (in the old city)


"All that is required for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing."
-- Edmund Burke
“Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented."
-- Eli Weisel

"To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public." Theodore Roosevelt (1918)
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Re: 'Police officer 'excused' after mistakenly using his gun instead of his Taser to shoot unarmed inmate in cell, DA says'
Posted by: Sarcany
Date: April 14, 2019 10:39AM
SCOTUS gave cops a free pass on "mistakes."

A cop who says that he didn't understand or wasn't aware of either facts or the law when he acted can get away with anything.

Heien v. North Carolina. Ignorance of the law is entirely excusable. For the police. The wide interpretation of the majority opinion is this: Cops can't be held accountable for anything less than “deliberate, reckless, or grossly negligent conduct."

So, he and his buddy committed an assault on an unarmed man contained in a holding cell during a questionable search and shot the man when grabbing the wrong weapon. So long as he believed that it was okay to assault people in his custody with deadly weapons whenever he wanted, and so long as he made a reasonable mistake of fact when drawing the more deadly weapon, he couldn't be held accountable.

Yep: Annals of the police state.

...Kagan and Ginsberg concurred. Sotomayor was the only real dissent.







Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 04/14/2019 10:44AM by Sarcany.
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Re: 'Police officer 'excused' after mistakenly using his gun instead of his Taser to shoot unarmed inmate in cell, DA says'
Posted by: DeusxMac
Date: April 14, 2019 10:47AM
Oscar Grant, Fruitvale Station.
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Re: 'Police officer 'excused' after mistakenly using his gun instead of his Taser to shoot unarmed inmate in cell, DA says'
Posted by: max
Date: April 14, 2019 06:29PM
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Sarcany
So long as he believed that it was okay to assault people in his custody with deadly weapons whenever he wanted,...

Yep: Annals of the police state.

...Kagan and Ginsberg concurred. Sotomayor was the only real dissent.

Yep, it should be the Annals....




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"We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means, it is an end.
One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution;
one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship."
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Re: 'Police officer 'excused' after mistakenly using his gun instead of his Taser to shoot unarmed inmate in cell, DA says'
Posted by: rjmacs
Date: April 15, 2019 09:32AM
Oopsie poopsie.



rj
AKA
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Re: 'Police officer 'excused' after mistakenly using his gun instead of his Taser to shoot unarmed inmate in cell, DA says'
Posted by: wave rider
Date: April 17, 2019 11:36AM
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DeusxMac
Oscar Grant, Fruitvale Station.

^^^ This…



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