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originally posted by: TrueBrit
a reply to: SlapMonkey
I fail to understand your point of view for one simple reason. If a person has committed no crime, the law and its agents should not be able to compel them to do a damned thing, least of all on their own property.
The police dispatchers may be the ones at fault, but you cannot tell me there is anything in the least bit constitutional about a police agent being able to walk onto a mans property, order him to put down his weapon and then shoot him when he fails to do so speedily. Sounds more like a heap of crap to me.
This may be one of those subjects where I have unpleasant points of view, or ones you disagree with, but in my view only a police agency which operates a hell of a lot closer to perfectly, than the one referenced in the OP, ought to have the power to issue a bloody parking ticket, leave alone deploy lethal force.
originally posted by: TzarChasm
Is this officer being charged for murder?
originally posted by: Shamrock6
a reply to: LadyGreenEyes
Except nobody went to any door. The victim was outside in his garage and driveway when contact was made.
Why do people just make up a different story and then run with it? I don't understand that. At all. Either you didn't read the article and just guessed what happened or you did read the article but decided to substitute your own story. Conversation and debate works better when people stick to actual facts and information, not whatever they come up with on the fly.
A preliminary review of the 911 call indicates the three officers who responded had gone to the wrong home and showed up at Powell's house, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said.
Powell had grabbed the gun for protection, not knowing who might be outside in the dark of night, Martin said. A nearby home had been burglarized just two weeks before the shooting, he added.
The officers "gave verbal commands for Powell to drop his handgun which he did not comply with," GBI agent Scott Dutton said in a statement.
But his wife, who was standing outside in the garage area, near her husband, never heard the officers say a word, Martin said.
"First thing she heard was two shots, her husband fell, she ran back into the house, locked the door and called 911," he said. "She saw her husband fall, and was terrified."
Powell had just left the house, opened the garage door and walked just outside the garage when he was shot, Martin said.
It wasn't known Friday whether the officers were wearing body cameras or whether any other video captured part of what transpired. Smith referred questions about the case to the GBI.