Category Archives: Police Officer

The Two Races in America

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There are two races in America. The race I’m running is the 100m. It’s tiring (I didn’t bother training properly), it’s intense but if I keep hauling my bones along eventually I’ll get to the end. Even if I don’t, someone can probably help or carry me over the line. I’ll need to make a big effort, at the end I’ll be short of breath and exhausted, but I will have run the race.

But next to me there’s another race going on. From high above the stadium, in the TV blimp or police helicopter, both races look pretty much the same in a bird’s eye view. But come down closer until you can see the faces of the runners and feel the texture of the track: These two races are different.

The race next to me is the 110m hurdles. It is slightly longer. It is harder fought. It involves more skill and nerve to negotiate. If you hit the first hurdle and stumble, it hurts but you may stay on your feet. But hitting the second, third, fourth hurdle, at some point you may well be taken down and not be able to get up at all. By then you will be hurting and winded. You can’t breathe. By then the race is lost anyway. A few adept runners may be able to excel and get safely over all the hurdles, may be able to run that extra 10m to get to the finish line. But helping or carrying someone to the end of this race, hauling them over the hurdles, is a whole different proposition.

In one race the starter pistol starts the race. In the other it takes aim.

Back at the end of my race, the 100m, the runners (who all finished) are standing around. Most are silent as a few loudly run their mouths:
“Why is everyone talking about how hard the 110m hurdles is?”
“Our race was tough too!”
“We had to run hard!”
“We had to put effort in! Nobody did us any favors!”
“If they’re complaining so much why don’t they just come run this race? They’re just being lazy”
“If it will stop their complaining, let’s just reduce the number of hurdles from 10 to, say, 5!”

Or maybe everyone should be allowed to run the same race with the same rules and the same challenges.

#EricGarner #TamirRice #JohnCrawford #MichaelBrown #Ferguson #FergusonDecision #alivewhileblack #BlackLivesMatter #CrimingWhileWhite #ICantBreathe #NotOneMore #gunsense #p2 #uniteblue

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Triple Shooting – Wounded – Police Officer (Troy, OH)

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TROY — A man was killed and a Troy police officer wounded in a gun battle involving police, a sheriff’s deputy and a shooting suspect on Monroe Street Sunday morning.

Franklin Jones III, 30, was killed in a shootout with Troy police on West Franklin Street.

Troy Sgt. Jeff Kunkleman was shot in the leg during the exchange of gunfire. He was taken to Miami Valley Hospital and is recovering from the injury at home.

Jones allegedly shot Sammy Butler, 24, who was found in an alley between West Franklin and Monroe streets suffering from two gunshot wounds to his buttocks. The initial shooting stemmed from a domestic dispute according to police.

Tonya Conn-Baker was in the area and watched the shooting unfold around 2 a.m. She estimated hearing at least 30 rounds fired.

The grand jury met Friday to hear the results of an investigation by the state Bureau of Criminal Investigation into the death of Jones. He was killed after police were called to a report of shots fired in the area of West Franklin and Monroe streets early Dec. 29. The grand jury findings were disclosed Wednesday, Feb. 19.

TROY, Ohio (WDTN) – A Miami County grand jury cleared four Troy police officers involved in a shooting incident.

Troy police confirm to 2 NEWS that the officers were cleared in the shooting death of Franklin Jones, III.

Jones was shot in December 2013. Police were looking for him following an earlier shooting they believe he committed.

Officers confronted Jones on Monroe Street and shots were exchanged. One of four officers was hit. Jones was killed.

http://www.whio.com/news/news/man-killed-officer-shot-downtown-troy-shootout/ncXdz/

http://wdtn.com/2014/02/19/troy-officers-cleared-in-fatal-shootout/

http://www.whio.com/videos/online/franklin-jones-iii-30-was-killed-in-a-shootout/vCMGXh/

http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?mobile=280e316223

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/dailycall/obituary.aspx?pid=168853656

http://www.tributes.com/obituary/show/Franklin-D.-Jones-97469526

Double Shooting – Wounded – Police Officer (Palatka, FL)

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PALATKA, Fla. – A traffic stop turned deadly when a fleeing suspect was killed by a Florida Highway Patrol officer after the suspect allegedly shot him in the face.

FHP officer Lawrence Andrew Litzell stopped a maroon Mercury Grand Marquis close to downtown Palatka around 12:44 a.m., according to FHP public information officer Sgt. Dylan Bryan. Two men were inside the car, including 24-year-old Somourian Jamal Wingo, both men fled on foot and split up. Litzell followed one of the suspects in his patrol car for a brief period, then began to chase him on foot. “When one of the subjects then brandished a firearm, displayed a firearm, and shot the trooper, the trooper immediately returned fire, striking the suspect, and killing that suspect,” Bryan said.

Litzell was shot in the face and airlifted to UF Health in Gainesville.

Wingo was found dead near 2nd Street and Laurel Street. A .25 semi-automatic handgun was found at the scene near Wingo, according to Sgt. Bryan. The other suspect is still at large.

http://www.firstcoastnews.com/story/news/local/2014/01/18/4632145/

http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/Trooper-Injured-Suspect-Killed-in-N-Florida-Shooting-237949151.html

http://jacksonville.com/breaking-news/2013-12-28/story/trooper-shot-face-kills-chase-suspect-putnam-county

http://www.theledger.com/article/20131229/NEWS/131229191

http://www.gainesville.com/article/20131228/ARTICLES/131229686

http://www.wftv.com/news/news/local/fhp-trooper-shot-suspect-killed-during-traffic-sto/ncXKf/

http://www.examiner.com/article/fhp-trooper-shot-palatka-saturday-stable-condition

Triple Shooting – Wounded – Police Officer (Dallas, TX)

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MANSFIELD — The 16-year-old boy who died after a Christmas Day shootout with Grand Prairie police was driving a stolen car and using a stolen gun, officials said Thursday.

Mansfield Lake Ridge High School student Peyton Cole Barbour — described by friends as cheerful and beloved — kicked off the manhunt after fleeing when an officer tried to pull him over early Wednesday morning.

Grand Prairie police spokesman Mark Beseda said the officer tried to initiate the stop near North Grand Peninsula Drive and England Parkway because it was around 4:30 a.m. and the vehicle seemed suspicious.

“Whatever [Barbour] was doing caught the officer’s attention, and that’s when they pulled up to him and he just took off,” Beseda said.

Beseda said the officer making the stop wasn’t aware Barbour was driving a stolen 1997 Honda, though he said that may explain why the teenager fled.

The brief chase ended when Barbour abandoned the car in the middle of a field and shot at the officer, who fired back. Neither was wounded, and Barbour escaped into a wooded area.

About 2 p.m., Barbour started shooting at officers again while cornered near East Seeton Road. He injured two officers before authorities surrounded and shot him.

Barbour was taken to Parkland Memorial Hospital, where he died. The two officers are recovering from non-life-threatening injuries.

Police on Thursday were still trying to determine how Barbour obtained a Glock 9-mm pistol. The gun had been reported stolen in a home burglary.

Barbour fled on foot and shot at a pursuing officer, who returned fire. The teenager disappeared into the woods. Grand Prairie police set up a perimeter and searched the area for hours. About 2:00 p.m., officers found Barbour about a mile from the original traffic stop.

http://www.dallasnews.com/news/community-news/best-southwest/headlines/20131226-police-16-year-old-killed-in-shootout-with-officers-was-driving-stolen-car.ece

http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/Grand-Prairie-Police-Search-for-Man-Who-Shot-at-Officer-237232591.html

http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2013/12/26/deceased-teen-suspect-identified-in-christmas-day-shooting/

http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2014/08/26/police-officers-not-indicted-in-teens-fatal-shooting/

http://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/community/arlington/article3840816.html

http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2013/12/26/friends-shocked-by-16-year-old-mansfield-shooters-actions/

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/dfw/obituary.aspx?pid=168767848

Triple Shooting – Wounded – Police Officer (Dallas, TX)

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MANSFIELD — The 16-year-old boy who died after a Christmas Day shootout with Grand Prairie police was driving a stolen car and using a stolen gun, officials said Thursday.

Mansfield Lake Ridge High School student Peyton Cole Barbour — described by friends as cheerful and beloved — kicked off the manhunt after fleeing when an officer tried to pull him over early Wednesday morning.

Grand Prairie police spokesman Mark Beseda said the officer tried to initiate the stop near North Grand Peninsula Drive and England Parkway because it was around 4:30 a.m. and the vehicle seemed suspicious.

“Whatever [Barbour] was doing caught the officer’s attention, and that’s when they pulled up to him and he just took off,” Beseda said.

Beseda said the officer making the stop wasn’t aware Barbour was driving a stolen 1997 Honda, though he said that may explain why the teenager fled.

The brief chase ended when Barbour abandoned the car in the middle of a field and shot at the officer, who fired back. Neither was wounded, and Barbour escaped into a wooded area.

About 2 p.m., Barbour started shooting at officers again while cornered near East Seeton Road. He injured two officers before authorities surrounded and shot him.

Barbour was taken to Parkland Memorial Hospital, where he died. The two officers are recovering from non-life-threatening injuries.

Police on Thursday were still trying to determine how Barbour obtained a Glock 9-mm pistol. The gun had been reported stolen in a home burglary.

Barbour fled on foot and shot at a pursuing officer, who returned fire. The teenager disappeared into the woods. Grand Prairie police set up a perimeter and searched the area for hours. About 2:00 p.m., officers found Barbour about a mile from the original traffic stop.

http://www.dallasnews.com/news/community-news/best-southwest/headlines/20131226-police-16-year-old-killed-in-shootout-with-officers-was-driving-stolen-car.ece

http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/Grand-Prairie-Police-Search-for-Man-Who-Shot-at-Officer-237232591.html

http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2013/12/26/deceased-teen-suspect-identified-in-christmas-day-shooting/

http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2014/08/26/police-officers-not-indicted-in-teens-fatal-shooting/

http://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/community/arlington/article3840816.html

http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2013/12/26/friends-shocked-by-16-year-old-mansfield-shooters-actions/

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/dfw/obituary.aspx?pid=168767848

Double Shooting – Killed – Police Officer – Kevin Gale Stauffer, Jr. (Tupelo, MS)

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(Tupelo, MS) A Tupelo police officer has died and a second is in critical condition after a shooting Monday afternoon.

The officers were responding to a robbery at BancorpSouth’s Gloster Creek Village branch when they were shot.

The bank robbery call came in at about 3:15 p.m.

The two officers responded and confronted the suspects on south Gloster Street.

The FBI has expanded the search for the alleged bank robber who shot and killed a Tupelo, Miss., police officer two days before Christmas.

A nationwide dragnet is now in place for the suspected killer of officer Gale Stauffer, 38, who was gunned down Monday in a confrontation with bank robbers as the suspects made their getaway. Another officer, Joseph Maher, 26, was critically wounded in the incident.

UPDATE 5:36 pm from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Phoenix police identified the suspect as Mario Edward Garnett, 40, who is from the Midwest and served four years in the U.S. Army.

Law enforcement authorities believe the bank robber who shot two police officers in Tupelo, Miss. last week, killing one, is the same man later killed in another attempted bank robbery in Phoenix, Ariz., Saturday.

“We believe that this suspect is the same individual who is responsible for the attempted bank robbery in Atlanta, the robbery of the BancorpSouth in Tupelo, the shooting of Officer Joseph Maher, and the murder of Officer Gale Stauffer,” the Jackson, Miss., FBI bureau said in a statement late Saturday.

During the suspect’s getaway in Mississippi Monday, he was confronted at a railroad crossing by Officers Stauffer and Maher. Both were shot at close range. Stauffer, an Iraq War veteran of the Louisiana Army National Guard who had served with the Tupelo Police Department for eight years, died. Maher remains in serious condition.

http://wreg.com/2013/12/23/two-tupelo-police-officers-shot/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/27/gale-stauffer-cop-killer_n_4508057.html

http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Justice/2013/1229/Man-who-shot-Tupelo-police-officers-said-to-be-bank-robber-killed-in-Arizona

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/29/gale-stauffer-murder_n_4515017.html

http://wreg.com/2013/12/27/funeral-held-for-tupelo-police-officer/

http://www.ajc.com/news/news/fbi-alleged-miss-cop-killer-linked-to-atlanta-bank/ncW7Y/

http://www2.localmemphis.com/mostpopular/story/Police-Kill-Suspect-Wanted-In-Tupelo-Officers/Rqd0hg6xEkCl0kG5s8b9KQ.cspx

http://www.msnewsnow.com/story/24291875/tupelo-officers-shot

https://usgunviolence.wordpress.com/2013/12/28/killed-mario-edward-garnett-phoenix-az/

http://djournal.com/news/tupelo-officer-shot/

http://djournal.com/news/hero-laid-rest-job-well-done-sgt-gale-stauffer/

http://www.odmp.org/officer/21898-sergeant-kevin-gale-stauffer-jr

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/chickasawjournal/obituary.aspx?pid=168742039

Double Shooting – Wounded – Police Officer (Tupelo, MS)

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(Tupelo, MS) A Tupelo police officer has died and a second is in critical condition after a shooting Monday afternoon.

The officers were responding to a robbery at BancorpSouth’s Gloster Creek Village branch when they were shot.

The bank robbery call came in at about 3:15 p.m.

The two officers responded and confronted the suspects on south Gloster Street.

The FBI has expanded the search for the alleged bank robber who shot and killed a Tupelo, Miss., police officer two days before Christmas.

A nationwide dragnet is now in place for the suspected killer of officer Gale Stauffer, 38, who was gunned down Monday in a confrontation with bank robbers as the suspects made their getaway. Another officer, Joseph Maher, 26, was critically wounded in the incident.

UPDATE 5:36 pm from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Phoenix police identified the suspect as Mario Edward Garnett, 40, who is from the Midwest and served four years in the U.S. Army.

Law enforcement authorities believe the bank robber who shot two police officers in Tupelo, Miss. last week, killing one, is the same man later killed in another attempted bank robbery in Phoenix, Ariz., Saturday.

“We believe that this suspect is the same individual who is responsible for the attempted bank robbery in Atlanta, the robbery of the BancorpSouth in Tupelo, the shooting of Officer Joseph Maher, and the murder of Officer Gale Stauffer,” the Jackson, Miss., FBI bureau said in a statement late Saturday.

During the suspect’s getaway in Mississippi Monday, he was confronted at a railroad crossing by Officers Stauffer and Maher. Both were shot at close range. Stauffer, an Iraq War veteran of the Louisiana Army National Guard who had served with the Tupelo Police Department for eight years, died. Maher remains in serious condition.

http://wreg.com/2013/12/23/two-tupelo-police-officers-shot/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/27/gale-stauffer-cop-killer_n_4508057.html

http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Justice/2013/1229/Man-who-shot-Tupelo-police-officers-said-to-be-bank-robber-killed-in-Arizona

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/29/gale-stauffer-murder_n_4515017.html

http://wreg.com/2013/12/27/funeral-held-for-tupelo-police-officer/

http://www.ajc.com/news/news/fbi-alleged-miss-cop-killer-linked-to-atlanta-bank/ncW7Y/

http://www2.localmemphis.com/mostpopular/story/Police-Kill-Suspect-Wanted-In-Tupelo-Officers/Rqd0hg6xEkCl0kG5s8b9KQ.cspx

https://usgunviolence.wordpress.com/2013/12/28/killed-mario-edward-garnett-phoenix-az/

http://www.msnewsnow.com/story/24291875/tupelo-officers-shot

http://djournal.com/news/tupelo-officer-shot/

http://djournal.com/news/hero-laid-rest-job-well-done-sgt-gale-stauffer/

http://www.odmp.org/officer/21898-sergeant-kevin-gale-stauffer-jr

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/chickasawjournal/obituary.aspx?pid=168742039