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Police Chief Negligently Shoots Womans Leg Trying to Kill Her Dog then Ignores Her to Make a Phone Call

Police chief shoots woman negligentlly trying to kill dog and ignores injury

These incidents are becoming all too frequent and are often unwarranted and unnecessary. At least this time police had, what I would consider to be, a legitimate reason to be there. They had received a call that stated a man was pointing a large gun at another person in a threatening manner.

When the police arrived, the dog approached Chief Roundtree in what he says was a “threatening manner”. When he missed the dog, the bullet hit the sidewalk and ricocheted into Tarmara Whitt’s leg. She says the dog was closer to her than the officer and that’s why the bullet struck her in the leg when it missed the dog. She says her dog is very passive and wasn’t acting aggressive.

I can’t help but wonder if there was ever a man pointing a gun at someone on the porch in a threatening manner and why.
Although he’s on administrative leave at the moment, Assistant Chief Roundtree is due to be sworn in as scheduled.

Police Chief Shoots at Dog, Bullet Ricocheted Into Woman’s Leg

WINSTON-SALEM, NC — Tamara Whitt said that she couldn’t understand why incoming Police Chief Barry Rountree would take the chance of firing his weapon while she was standing so close to the “very passive” dog. As the boxer came toward Rountree to investigate, he shot a round at the dog, which ricocheted off the pavement and into Whitt’s leg. The bullet remains lodged in her leg as it was too dangerous to remove.

The story gets even more infuriating when we learn of how the chief acted after shooting the woman. She says he walked away without even asking if she was OK. “He did not come to me. He backed away,” says Tamara Whitt after being released from the hospital. “He just backed up and I saw the cell phone come out … he walked across the street over there by that car over there and he was on his phone.”

“I just hope that the SBI does a good investigation and really sees if he really deserve to be our police [chief] because I honestly thought that was a rookie mistake.”

http://myfox8.com/2013/06/26/crews-on-the-scene-of-officer-involved-shooting-in-winston-salem/

 

Black Woman Gets 20 Years for Firing Shot at Wall; White Man Gets 0 Years for Shooting Man in the Back 3 Times, Killing Him

black woman goes to jail for warning shot white man shoots man in back three times and goes free

Black Woman Gets 20 Years for Firing Shot at Wall; White Man Gets 0 Years for Shooting Man in the Back 3 Times, Killing Him

Justice isn’t blind in America. It’s very, very aware of social status, race, gender, etc. If you are a woman and you fire a warning shot at your enraged, abusive ex, apparently that is worth 20 years. If you are a man and you shoot a man in the back three times when you find him having consensual sex with your wife, you go free.

June 11, 2013  |

A Man In Florida Shoots a Man In the Back 3 Times When He Finds Him Having Sex With His Wife

On March 10 of this year, around midnight, Ralph Wald, 70, of Brandon Florida, got out of bed  to get a drink and found Walter Conley, 32, having sex his wife, Johanna Lynn Flores, 41, in the living room. He immediately went back into his bedroom, grabbed his gun and shot Conley three times. Conley died. Wald claims that he thought Conley was a stranger who had broken in and was raping his wife –  despite the fact that Conley lived next door, had been his wife’s roommate and lover, and had his wife’s name tattooed onto his neck and arm.

During a 911 call, when the dispatcher asked Wald if the man he shot was dead, Wald  responded, “I hope so!”

Wald never used the word rape in later reports to police, opting instead for “fornicate.” And while the fact that the two were lovers doesn’t imply consent, Flores has never accused Conley of rape — nor do prosecutors buy that that’s what Wald actually thought was happening. They say that Wald, who suffers from erectile dysfunction, killed Conley in a jealous rage. Flores  admits that she and Conley had sex regularly before and after her marriage to Wald.

While testifying, Wald  explained that his erectile dysfunction and his wife’s reluctance to have sex with him made them compatible: “In fact, she would joke a lot with me … that we were a perfect couple… She didn’t want to do it, and I couldn’t do it.”

On May 30, after deliberating for two hours, a jury found Wald not guilty. After the verdict was announced, Wald continued to show  no remorse: “If the same thing happened again, I would do the same thing.”

 

Black Woman in Florida Fires Warning Shot at the Wall When Enraged Abusive Ex Threatened Her and Gets 20 years in Prison

On Aug. 1, 2010, Marissa Alexander, a 31-year-old mother of three, with a Master’s degree and no criminal record, was working for a payroll software company in Jacksonville. She was estranged from her abusive husband, Rico Gray, and had a restraining order against him. Thinking he was not at home, she went to their former house to get some belongings. The two got into an argument. Alexander says that Gray threatened her and she feared for her life. Gray corroborates Alexander’s story: “I was in a rage. I called her a whore and bitch and . . . I told her… if I can’t have you, nobody going to have you,”  he said, in a deposition.

When Alexander retreated into the bathroom, Gray tried to break the door. She ran into the garage, but couldn’t leave because it was locked.  She came back, he said, with a registered gun, which she legally owned, and yelled at him to leave.  Gray recalls, “I told her… I ain’t going nowhere, and so I started walking toward her…I was cursing and all that… and she shot in the air.”

Even Gray understands why Alexander fired the warning shot: “If my kids wouldn’t have been there, I probably would have put my hand on her.

Probably hit her. I got five baby mommas and I put my hands on every last one of them, except for one …. I honestly think she just didn’t want me to put my hands on her anymore so she did what she feel like she have to do to make sure she wouldn’t get hurt, you know. You know, she did what she had to do.” And Gray admits Alexander was acting in self-defense, intending to scare and stop but not harm him: “The gun was never actually pointed at me… The fact is, you know . . . she never been violent toward me. I was always the one starting it.” Ultimately nobody was hurt. Nobody died. On May 12, 2012, it took a jury 12 minutes to find Alexander guilty of aggravated assault. She was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Cleveland Punishes 12 Officers in Deadly Chase Involving 62 Police Vehicles and 115 Officers & 2 Unarmed Suspects

DUI CONVICTION DOESN'T REQUIRE IMPAIRMENT

Cleveland Punishes 12 Officers in Deadly Chase Involving 62 Police Vehicles and 115 Officers & 2 Unarmed Suspects

Cleveland’s police chief said one supervisor was fired, two were demoted and nine were suspended for their roles in a November chase in which officers fired 137 shots and killed a fleeing driver and his passenger.
CLEVELAND — Cleveland police fired a sergeant and meted out demotions and suspensions Tuesday for a car chase last year that involved five dozen cruisers, 137 rounds of ammunition fired by 13 officers, and the death of two people who, it turned out, were probably unarmed.A captain and lieutenant were demoted, and nine sergeants got suspensions ranging from one day to 30 days. They and the fired sergeant will appeal their punishment, according to Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 8, which represents police supervisors.

Dozens of cruisers became involved in the chase without permission from superiors and with little direction, according to a state report released earlier in the year. The episode damaged the department’s relationship with residents and must be repaired, Chief Michael McGrath said at a news conference Tuesday.

“That means we have to work a little harder on our end,” he said.

In March, the U.S. Justice Department said it was opening a wide-ranging civil rights investigation into the use of force by Cleveland police, looking beyond the chase to analyze several years of excessive force claims and police policies, training and procedures.

But the upheaval from the Nov. 29 chase alone is likely to spread through the ranks. More than 100 patrol-level officers involved in some way face disciplinary hearings beginning in July.

And 13 officers who fired their weapons as the chase ended in a blocked-off school parking lot in East Cleveland face a county grand jury investigating possible criminal wrongdoing.

The chase began around 10:30 p.m. when an officer thought he heard a gunshot from a car speeding by the police and courts complex in downtown Cleveland. A parking lot attendant thought it might have been a car backfire, a theory endorsed by the driver’s family.

The officer jumped into his patrol car, made a U-turn and radioed for help.

The chase went through crowded residential neighborhoods, then reversed course, headed east onto busy Interstate 90 and through parts of Cleveland, and eventually into East Cleveland.

Then the gunfire erupted, 137 rounds. Driver Timothy Russell, 43, was shot 23 times and passenger Malissa Williams, 30, was shot 24 times.

Cleveland Police Chief Michael McGrath answers questions during a news conference Tuesday in Cleveland.AP Photo: Tony Dejak. McGrath said one supervisor was fired, two were demoted and nine were suspended for their roles in a November chase in which officers fired 137 shots and killed a fleeing driver and his passenger.

The union has said the shootings were justified because the driver tried to ram an officer. No weapon or shell casings were found in the fleeing car.

Of the 276 officers on duty that evening, 104 were involved in some way in the chase. Sixty police cars were involved.

Police don’t know why Russell didn’t stop. Russell had a criminal record including convictions for receiving stolen property and robbery. Williams had convictions for drug-related charges and attempted abduction.

Mayor Frank Jackson, trying to defuse complaints that the deaths were racially motivated executions by police, promised to punish officers who operated “outside the box” of police procedures.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said in February the chase resulted from leadership failures. “Command failed, communications failed, the system failed,” DeWine said.

A state report noted the driver was legally drunk when he became involved in the chase, and both people in the car tested positive for cocaine. DeWine said they likely had been smoking crack.

Many of the officers who became involved told investigators they were frightened and feared for their lives, the state report said.

The sergeant dismissed Tuesday, Michael Donegan, briefly participated in the chase last November but pulled off, parked his patrol car and failed to supervise his officers, police officials said.

Donegan could not immediately be reached for comment. A message seeking comment was left at a home phone listing.

Charges against the demoted officers and the suspended sergeants included failing to supervise officers under their command or being unaware that officers were involved in the cross-city pursuit.

Lt. Brian Betley, president of FOP Lodge 8, called the disciplinary actions heavy-handed and the dismissal extreme. Betley said dismissal usually is reserved for drug use or drinking on the job or criminal wrongdoing.

One suspended sergeant could face harsher punishment. The chief sent the case to the city safety director, who has broader disciplinary powers. The sergeant will get a new hearing, Betley said.

Paul Cristallo, an attorney for Russell’s family, said after the disciplinary actions were announced that it was naive to think Russell stopping his car would have guaranteed a good outcome.

“I just think that’s unrealistic. I think that’s unreasonable. They were fleeing for their lives,” Cristallo said. He declined to comment directly on the disciplinary actions.

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