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According to court papers uncovered by First Coast News at the federal courthouse, Wingate was walking down the road in December when a JSO Police Officer stopped him and asked to talk.
When he told the officer he was running late for an appointment, the officer cited him for walking on the wrong side of the road.
According to court papers the officer then hit Wingate in the face and engaged his Taser. That's when Wingate called 9-1-1.
The victim was a black man so what do you expect?
...Although the botched raid of my home and killing of our dogs, Payton and Chase, have received considerable attention in the media, it is important to underscore that this bill is about much more than an isolated, high-profile mistake. It is about a growing and troubling trend where law enforcement agencies are using SWAT teams to perform ordinary police work. Prince George’s County police acknowledges deploying SWAT teams between 400 and 700 a year— that’s twice a day—and other counties in the state have said that they also deploy their special tactical units hundreds of times a year....
...The bill he proposed was modest. It required every police agency in Maryland with a SWAT team to issue a quarterly report—later amended to twice yearly—on how many times the team was deployed, for what purpose, and whether any shots were fired during the raid. It was a simple transparency bill....
...it was the only bill of its kind in the country. And it was opposed by every police organization in the state. One Maryland lawmaker attempted to amend the bill to prohibit the use of SWAT teams in cases involving known misdemeanors, a seemingly reasonable restriction. That measure was rejected after more lobbying from police groups.
...the following spring, the Maryland Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention released the first batch of statistics. They were predictably unsettling. For the last half of 2009, SWAT teams were deployed 804 times in the state of Maryland, or about 4.5 times a day. In Prince George’s County alone, which has about 850,000 residents, a SWAT team was deployed about once a day. According to an analysis by the Baltimore Sun, 94 percent of the state’s SWAT deployments were to serve search or arrest warrants, leaving just 6 percent that were raids involving barricades, bank robberies, hostage takings, and other emergency situations. Half of Prince George’s County’s SWAT deployments were for what were called “misdemeanors and nonserious felonies.” More than one hundred times over a six-month period, Prince George’s County sent police barreling into private homes for nonserious, nonviolent crimes. Calvo pointed out that the first set of figures confirm what he and others concerned about these tactics have suspected: SWAT teams are being deployed too often as the default way to serve search warrants, not as a last resort.....
Then the victim gets a ¢a$h settlement never to be bothered again (He'll move far away out of the county) then Johnny BadgeHeavy will have to take some kind of remedial training No way he'll make Sergeant w/that crappy rap on His sheet.
You're right, this fubar cop won't make sergent.
He'll make chief ..... and they will ship his worthless a$$ to some real police department where he will promptly infect his new command with quotas and bizarre policies.
Hmmm .... sounds a lot like a recent city in Alabama ......
However, the prosecutor should be fired and the cop should be arrested.
There are so many ways to title this article:
In matter of conscience, the law of [the] majority has no place.