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  • Thursday, June 30, 2005

    District Attorney claims police officer justified in shooting 15 year old boy

    According to this article, from KEZI, a district attorney has claimed that a police officer was justified in shooting dead an unarmed 15 year old boy who had stolen a car, no doubt that district attorney is a so called "pro lifer" as well:

    Jason Porter, a Thurston High School sophomore, was struck in the jaw as he sat behind the wheel of a pickup that was reported stolen. The shooter, a Springfield police officer with less than two years on the force, told investigators he thought Porter had a gun. "Assuming we don't get anything new, it's a justified shooting in our minds," Harcleroad said. Porter's parents, Charles and Kelly Porter, criticized Harcleroad's decision. "My son was shot and killed because he made a gesture with his hand," Charles Porter said Monday. "I think it was an unjustified shooting and everybody I talk to thinks it is, too." Said Kelly Porter: "I cannot believe an officer would shoot a little 15-year-old. I think the officer was just a little too trigger happy."
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    5 Comments:

    At 6/30/2005 03:53:00 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Unfortunate but consider, it was dark, late, the cop probably couldn't see very well, the victim was driving a stolen vehicle, the victim had tried to evade arrest, the victim should have opened his door and kept hands visible.

    Lesson from the story is (a) don't drive around in stolen property and (b) If the cops try to pull you over, stop and follow the common procedures for such things.
    The victim already had a juvenile record so he should have known all these things from previous experience.

     
    At 7/01/2005 02:36:00 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Maybe shooting would be too good for these animals.

     
    At 7/01/2005 03:27:00 am, Blogger DJEB said...

    There are many such events every year. Some, not all, police pfficers are all to quick to shoot. The question is what was the gesture? Was it like this one that cased an illegal beating? The incident is very suspicious. How does a gesture make a police officer think that the suspect "fired one round" or that "[h]e thought he was going to be shot in the face"? The use of deadly force carries a heavy burden of proof.

    For the second poster, thank you for the utter non sequitur.

     
    At 7/01/2005 02:54:00 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    It's always so easy to second guess the cops in situations like this, people make careers out of it.

     
    At 7/01/2005 11:05:00 pm, Blogger DJEB said...

    No second guessing. Merely a statement of the responsibilities that go along with the job. The use of deadly force carries a heavy burden of proof.

     

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