Introduction by Mary Carmel (TLB)
It is beyond obvious that we no longer have police officers, but heavily armed firing squads on our streets. It is unacceptable and it must stop! How many more stories are we going to print, before people take action? Organized action, in writing, not take to the streets and give the police another chance to “feel threatened.” This is no longer an excuse, and the state cannot be the victim… When their is no victim, there is no crime. That is the law and yet they run amok, executing people for no reason, or in this case a mere unpaid traffic violation. If this was a probation violation, they could have served him at home. There is no need to take jobs away from people! Our Government continues to kick people when they are down, and they do it intentionally, not giving them a chance to work and provide for their loved ones. As a result, they are destroying families, as we see here.
If police are “just doing their job” perhaps we should stop paying for their pensions, use our money more wisely. Private security establishments have been hired with better results. And why do we need a headquarters in Israel for our police training? Not only is the bill for that ridiculous, it is clear they are using foreign tactics that are not conducive to our US Constitution at home. I smell a rat! In fact, our law enforcement officers killed more civilians than all of the first world countries COMBINED this year. Yes, that is fact, read the stats HERE. Please get your communities together, your local legislators, and sheriffs to throw these contracts out of your towns. Enough is Enough!
By Cassandra Fairbanks on March 25, 2015
Smyrna, GA — Meet 24-year-old Nicholas Taft Thomas, father to a beautiful baby girl, who is barely 5-months-old. His name sadly became another hashtag on Tuesday, when police took his life shortly after 1:30 pm.
The incident began when three Smyrna police officers and four officers with the Cobb County Police Department arrived at the Goodyear store where Thomas worked to serve him with a warrant for a probation violation, reportedly for a traffic offense.
When the young father saw the officers at his place of employment, he attempted to flee and jumped into a white Maserati. Perhaps the new parent who was working hard to repay his traffic debt did not want his job jeopardized by the police causing a scene.
The police claim that, as usual, “they feared for their lives,” alleging Thomas was attempting to use the vehicle as a weapon to run down the officers. Witnesses came forward immediately to the press, challenging the official report and essentially calling it a bold faced lie.
“They were standing behind the car, opening fire. He wasn’t driving towards them,” Goodyear customer Brittany Eustache told Channel 2 at the scene.
“The car was not moving when they began to shoot at him. The car had been stopped, he hit curb he could go any further,” she said.
“So at no point was he making any aggressive moves?” the reporter asked her.
“None, none at all. They immediately opened fire on them,” Eustache said.
Supporting the witnesses allegation is the fact that there were no visible bullet holes in the windshield or front of the car, a likely place for a bullet to enter- had he been driving at the officers as they claim.
His mother arrived at the scene and tearfully described her son as a “lovable guy” who loved his family and would “do anything for anyone.”
“You think Trayvon Martin’s mother was on a rampage? I am taking this to the next level,” his mother boldly stated at the scene of her sons killing.
It is currently unclear how many officers fired their weapons or how many times Thomas was shot.
A spokesperson for the Smyrna Police Department told WSBtv that the shooting has already taken an “emotional toll” on the officers involved. Unfortunately, that toll will pale in comparison to the emotional toll it will take on the baby girl who has been left without a father thanks to these trigger happy police.
In 1985, the Supreme Court ruled on the case of Tennessee v. Garner, a 15 year old boy who was shot in the back of the head by a police officer as he attempted to flee after a robbery. The court ruled that cops could no longer legally kill someone only for attempting to escape. The officer must now have a reasonable belief that the suspect poses a dangerous threat to someone or had committed a violent felony.
In May of last year however, the US Supreme Court unanimously ruled in favor of three Arkansas police officers who fired 15 bullets at a fleeing motorist and his passenger, killing them both.
The Plumhoff v. Rickard decision ruled that officers did not use excessive force and were entitled to “qualified immunity” from any consequences for their actions. The judge stated that since Rickard could not flee without posing a threat to the officers, the officers were entitled to kill him and his passenger because “Rickard’s flight posed a grave public safety risk,” the “police acted reasonably in using deadly force to end that risk.”
Ever since this decision it has seemed as though the “car was being used as a weapon” excuse has skyrocketed and become the new “he was reaching for his waistband.”
A simple search on The Free Thought Project for the words “fleeing suspect” will give you a terrifying glimpse at how frequently situations like this continue to occur.
TLB recommends that your read other pertinent articles on this subject at: http://thefreethoughtproject.com/