Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Are cops ever held accountable?

Posted By on Wed, Jun 10, 2009 at 4:46 PM

The death of a Rock Hill teenager and the decision not to charge police in the matter shows a troubling trend.

If you are in a blue uniform, you can get away with murder.

When police officers signed up for this job, they knew they would be taking a risk. If you're too scared to do your job without reaching for your gun first, Harris Tetter may be hiring.

CMPD has done it's share of "killing." An officer was suspended for a few days after his improper use of a taser killed a teenager at a north Charlotte Food Lion in March, 2008.

In June, 2008, a CMPD officer shot a man in the back after he ran from the officer. The police said the man had a gun, but witnesses dispute that claim. The officer was never charged. Neither was the officer who shot a 16 year old in the back in east Charlotte in November, 2007.

Across the nation, trigger happy police men also get off with little or no consequences--even when they shoot one of their own.

A sergeant and two plainclothes officers in an unmarked police car saw the pursuit and made a U-turn to follow the men, Kelly said. One of the officers, identified Friday morning as Dunton, jumped out of the car and fired six times, hitting Edwards three times.

"The officer jumps out of the car. He decides to tell the officer that got killed something. The black guy that was in his car decides to take off running and then I hear four shots," said Cardona.

Kelly said Edwards, who was not wearing a bullet-resistant vest, did not fire his weapon. He died at the Harlem Hospital Center about an hour after the shooting.

Maybe police departments ought to start signing up criminals to patrol to the streets. How is that any different than what's going on now?

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