UPDATED @ 9:07 PM SUNDAY Look At The Kids Picture - Then Think If You Were On Street At 3 AMRickey Stokes
Posted by: RStokes
Date: Nov 24 2019 4:24 AM
ALABAMA: If you were a law enforcement officer and encountered the young man pictured below, do you think this young man would be a danger to you?
A kid. Only 18. A large law enforcement officer with one slap could knock him into next week and never break a sweat or use any effort.
BUT...BUT...that kid, if we agree with the fact he indeed shot and killed the Sheriff of Lowndes County Alabama on Saturday night was a threat to a law enforcement officer.
Look again at the picture. Imagine yourself as a tall law enforcement officer. Big John, tall and able to handle himself. Yet he was surprised by a kid and if the facts are correct, that kid ended the Sheriff's life, Saturday night, at about 8 PM, in a crowded parking lot of a store in Lowndes County Alabama.
Remember, 8 PM.
Sheriff Big John Williams was the 5th Law Enforcement Officer line of duty death this year in Alabama.
OTHER ALABAMA LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS KILLED IN LINE OF DUTY
Three Alabama police officers died in the first half of 2019, and five others were injured in shootings, in what authorities say is a rise in gun violence involving law enforcement.
In addition to the deaths of Carter, Tuder and Buechner, at least five other officers have been injured by gunfire. In the Birmingham shooting that killed Carter, Officer Luke Allums was critically wounded and hospitalized for nine days. He has since returned to work.
Two Auburn officers - Webb Sistrunk and Evan Elliott – were injured in the May incident that killed Buechner. Another Auburn officer – Justin Sanders - was shot and wounded in February. Officers Sanders, Sistrunk and Elliott continue to recover but have not returned to work at this time, according to Auburn police.
Birmingham police Officer Cullen Stafford was shot between five to seven times in a downtown shootout last week. He remains hospitalized.
There have been at least 10 other officer-involved shootings statewide that have left three suspects dead and seven injured in the first six months of the year. Those incidents have taken place in Gardendale, Madison, Fort Payne, Birmingham, Brent, Huntsville, and Gadsden, according to Gun Violence Archive.
ALABAMA ATTORNEY GENERAL STEVE MARSHALL
“Sheriff Williams is the fifth line-of-duty death of an Alabama law enforcement officer to gun fire this year and the sixth to lose his life overall in our state over the last 11 months.
Serving the public in the role of a peace officer is a difficult calling, fraught with peril, yet thankfully many Alabama men and women choose to answer the call, often time putting their lives in danger to protect us. It simply cannot be said enough that we owe these heroes our gratitude and our support.
It took Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall 8 months to realize violent crime is up in Alabama. He wanted to put all efforts into electronic bingo and did not even realize violent crime was terrible and rising in Alabama.
THIS IS MY POINT
The kid below, to see him, most law enforcement officers would not be concerned about him. Look at him.
But look at what he did, if the evidence supports the law enforcement investigation.
NOTE: I refer to Officer Smith as 26 years of age. At the time of the shooting Officer Smith was only 22 years of age. Imagine yourself on the streets of Montgomery Alabama at 3 AM, stop someone suspicious who runs from you, and the officer percieved his life was in danger. The District Attorney in Montgomery Alabama is playing the race card and sacrificing the life of a Montgomery Police Officer. But that District Attorney would not be on the streets of trying to protect citizens while they sleep.
But in Montgomery Alabama, at 3 AM or after, a lone 26 year old Montgomery Police Officer stops a 58 year old man because he looks suspicious. Then the man runs after a frisk. They are in a neighborhood where a rash of burglaries have been happening.
And that officer makes a decision in seconds, that he fears for his life, and pulls the trigger and the man dies.
And the 22 year old who was working his shift at night, alone and by himself, stops to check a man who is suspicious
During the trial, prosecutors described Smith, now 26 but at the time of the incident was 22, as a “bully with a badge” and suggested the crime scene contradicted Smith’s version that Gunn was attacking him with the metal pole.
NOTE: The District Attorney called Officer Smith "a bully with a badge". The District Attorney said look at the real Officer Smith because Officer Smith got mad with the line of questioning from the District Attorney. Had someone "got into the District Attorney's face", guess who the District Attorney would run get behind wanting him or her to protect, and take but bullet for him? A police officer!
While prosecutors have questioned Smith’s legal right to stop Gunn, the officer said he stopped Gunn in an area where there had been a rash of break-ins.
“He was walking on the sidewalk and his actions threw up a red flag, he saw me and started walking quickly,” Smith said.
District Attorney Daryl Bailey told jurors in closing arguments that a crime scene photo shows Gunn dead on the ground with a baseball hat still clenched in one hand, the Montgomery Advertiser reported.
“How in the world do you think he’s picking up this paint roller and doing all this swinging and all this threatening, and still holding his baseball hat in his hand?” Bailey asked.
Prosecutor Scott Green asked about Smith’s conflicting statements during cross examination.
"Are you going to remember something different later? This afternoon? When does this jury get to rely on what you’re saying to be true?" Green said.
Smith said he was being as truthful as possible.
Defense lawyers maintained that Smith fired in self-defense because Gunn was grabbing a painter’s pole from a porch, but prosecutors said Gunn was never a threat to the officer.
The defense described Smith as a dutiful, third-generation officer who had been told to keep a close watch on patrol because of a rash of burglaries, and that Gunn, who had cocaine in his system, fought with Smith.
The Dale County jury convicted the Montgomery Police Officer of Manslaughter. Sorry jurors, your verdict will get more law enforcement officers killed.
Because Sheriff Big John Williams did not get a second chance and he was dealing with a kid who most seasoned officers would not even have paid him much attention. And he was dealing with the kid for loud music. That was it.
FOLLOWING THE CONVICTION BY 12 DALE COUNTY CITIZENS
Smith was immediately taken into custody. Montgomery County District Attorney Daryl Bailey said his office will seek the maximum penalty for the manslaughter charge, 20 years, and will not acquiesce to bond in the case.
"He needs to be in the county jail until he goes to prison, just like everybody else," Bailey said.
"He’s kind of arrogant, if you haven’t noticed. Did you see him get pissed off on the stand? That’s the true Officer Smith on the stand there. ... His true colors started coming out. He’s been prepped. He’s got a suit, and a haircut. He can’t come in here acting like a jackass. But in the end, he couldn’t help it."
MONTGOMERY POLICE OFFICER SMITH WAS PROSECUTED FOR ONE REASON...
The shooting of the unarmed black man by a white police officer caused protests in Alabama’s capital city.
And Saturday night, just the opposite...except the black man was armed, I suppose. But the danger was not perceived.
Folks the war zone is not about race. Yes you have some bad cops, you have some bad everyone.
Cocaine can make someone do a lot...
The system failed officer Smith and the 12 people in Dale County failed law enforcement officers. Odd the night after your verdict a law enforcement officer is dead after being shot by a kid from Montgomery Alabama.
The decision that has to be made by law enforcement officers has to be made in seconds...and that decision means the difference between the officers life or death. And you can not read the mind of the person you are dealing with.
And the prosecutor is playing race at the officer's expense.
Look at the kid's picture...