Originally Posted by triggerjob
I just watched the video, if i was on the jury i would have aquitted the man. This conviction is a tradgedy, whats worse is reading most of your comments. This is so clearly a jusrified shooting its amazing it even went to court.
If this guy was a lone deputy sheriff in the same situation he would have been given a medal. This conviction is very sad. My suspicion is he was convicted becuase of his looks.
Amen, I agree,
it's Been interesting to read this thread,
A citizen can make an arrest, just ask Barney jk,
Really, I just think his lawyer used the wrong defense. Stand your ground does not apply here. Self defense does....
He actually approached the situation thus not standing his ground, the video could have been carried in his pocket a smart phone, so maybe his hands were free to make a phone call. Obviously a concealed Firearm was not concealed any more, That in itself escalated the situation.
A deputy only has the rights of a private citizen in an confrontation "meet force with enough force to control the situation"
Since he was being attacked physically even out numbered.... A good defense strategy and legal team will be able to get an appeal on this case and overturn the verdict. Question is will he run out if resources for the legal expenses.
My biggest issue is the response time of the LEO's yes this may have been dispatched as a low priority case until shots are fired.
But poor budgets and lack of economy for LEO's is a primary reason for low manpower and high response times.
Straight up, no LEO is not going into that situation without back up, and a hand on weapon if not drawn out.
so, why do we prosecute the citizen for doing the same thing ?
Ya, turn the shoulder and the other cheek some time apply.... But that obnoxious drunk neighbor who you have sicked the Leo's on several times already has a chip placed square on his shoulder.
It's obvious a jury of his peers (this forum) would have been a hung jury ...
If some one has the ability to obtain court transcripts it would be an interesting read by me.
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