What did this young man do to deserve such a reaction from the officer?
“He was approaching the police to help them. He was telling them you’ve got the wrong person. You’ve got the wrong person. He had his hands in the air when the officer turned and shot him point blank, and he fell. When he hit the ground, he still had his hands above his head,” said attorney Donna Grodner.
This isn’t even an issue of he said she said. The Sheriff supported the statement and continue on further to add the following:
“We have no reason at this time to believe that this 18-year-old did anything wrong and certainly, I want to make that clear. He was unarmed. I’m not saying he violated any laws what so ever,” said Sheriff Edwards.
So given the Sheriff is supporting the family, why would this be a SSCC? It’s a prime example of why I do this and why I want officers fired immediately upon misconduct.
The minutes from that August 2001 council meeting showed the chief and council members frustrated with all the complaints against the officer. It only got worse when it came to then-St. Gabriel Mayor George Grace.
That’s right folks, this officer had a history and now someone finally ended up dead because of this officer. Worst thing about this is I have no doubt that officer went home and slept like a baby.
The fact is officers don’t normally jump into the deep end off the bat. They slowly work their way up and administrators and public officials need to pay attention to the warning signs and have the balls to say, “Son you’re not going to work here.”
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Because really what you see when an officer has been fired numerous times is a cheap employee, don’t worry about why he was fired, he won’t want to do it again.