Report: Officer intentionally ran over by teen in stolen SUV consciously made decision not to use deadly force on the driver

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[Editor’s note: It’s important to note that some might be praising this officer for having “compassion” because the suspect was a child and he therefore chose not to shoot.

Yes, it’s great for officers to have compassion, and of course no officer WANTS to shoot and possibly kill a teenager, but second guessing or withholding justified force simply because an obviously violent suspect is under a certain age is dangerous and, frankly, absurd. 

This “kid” is now at large and who knows who else will get hurt? He knows he’s wanted for almost killing a police officer. W

hat length will he go to next to avoid prison? This is not to criticize the involved officer, but these are the things officers must consider when declining to use appropriate force in dealing with a dangerous criminal.]

COLLEGE PARK, GA – A College Park police officer who was injured during an incident on the morning of June 5th said that he made a conscious decision not to use deadly force when a teenager in a stolen SUV drove into him. 

In an interview with Channel 2 Action News, Officer Ivory Morris said that he ended up on the hood of the stolen SUV before he was thrown from the vehicle and run over.

These actions by the teenager were grounds for using deadly force, but the officer said that he could not bear the thought of taking a child from his mother.

His restraint in not using deadly force cost him a broken leg and a trip to the emergency room. College Park police said that Officer Morris’ life was in danger and he had every right to end the treat, but he did not.

Morris said he thought the teen was going to run him over a second time.

He said:

“I was looking in that kid’s eyes. I was like, ‘I don’t want to hurt this kid.’ I didn’t want to take nobody’s kid away from them.”

Morris was working a part-time job around 1:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 5th when he kept getting alerts from Flock cameras in the area about a stolen Nissan Rogue.

He said:

“I said, ‘If it comes back to College Park,’ I said, ‘We on it.'”

The silver SUV arrived at the Hilton Garden Inn on Sullivan Road. Morris said he got there soon after when the stolen car began to drive off and that is when he noticed a 15-year-old boy.

Morris said:

“He was walking away from the car.”

Morris said that is when he grabbed the teen. The stolen SUV returned and got close to the teenage boy and Morris. Police said that the teen jumped on the hood of the stolen SUV with Morris still holding him. That is when the teen screamed for the driver to go.

Morris said:

“When I was on top of that car, I had my other hand free to reach for the gun, but I said ‘I don’t want to. I don’t want to pull it.'”

Police stated that the 17-year-old driver jerked the wheel of the car, causing Morris and the 15-year-old boy to fall to the ground. Morris said that is when the driver intentionally ran over both of them and then sped off, fleeing the scene.

Authorities said that the 15-year-old boy suffered severe injuries. He is recovering from a shattered pelvis.

Morris’ supervisor said that the officer had every right to use his service weapon against the 17-year-old driver who intentionally hit him with the SUV. Reportedly, under Georgia law, law enforcement officers are allowed to use deadly force in circumstances that pose an imminent threat of death or great bodily harm.

Morris said:

“I was thinking, ‘These are somebody’s kids.'”

Morris has since been discharged from the hospital and is recovering at home. The 17-year-old driver who intentionally drove over Morris with the stolen SUV remains at large. He and two others who were in the car are now wanted on multiple charges, including aggravated assault.

Authorities said that they believe the teens were allegedly planning to steal cars from the hotel parking lot. They said they also believe the teens may be affiliated to a gang. Anyone with any information is asked to call the College Park Police Department at (404) 761-3131. 

People can also submit an anonymous tip at the College Park tip line (404) 768-8664 or call Crime Stoppers at (404) 577 TIPS (8477).

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Officer indicted for murder after shooting suspect who was trying to run him over with a car

May 10th, 2021

BRISTOL, VA – A Bristol police officer was indicted by a grand jury for murder Monday in the shooting death of a man who refused to exit his vehicle in the parking lot of a motel and drove towards an officer.

Bristol Officer Jonathan Brown was released on a $25,000 bond after turning himself in to the Virginia State Police on Tuesday following the indictment, according to Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Roanoke Don Caldwell.

Caldwell agreed to Brown’s released on bond:

“That’s the commonwealth’s recommendation. I do not consider him a flight risk or a danger to the community pending the trial.”

Brown was indicted Monday by a Bristol Circuit Court grand jury on charges of murder, using a firearm in the commission of a felony, and shooting into an occupied vehicle in the March 30 shooting death of Jonathan Kohler, 31, of Bristol, Tennessee.

The incident began when police received a 911 call just before 4:30 a.m. from a caller at a motel about shots being fired. Officers responded to the call and encountered Kohler in the driver’s seat of a 1994 Ford Mustang, according to a Virginia State Police news release.

The statement said Kohler refused officers’ repeated orders to exit the vehicle and suddenly drove the vehicle at Brown:

“As officers were verbally engaged with Kohler, he backed up and then drove forward in an attempt to exit the parking lot, at which point one of the officers fired at Kohler’s vehicle.

“He then put the Mustang into drive and sped towards one of the officers. The officer fired at the suspect vehicle as it came at him.”

Kohler, 31, was struck by gunfire and died at the scene. No officers were injured during the incident.

Caldwell, who was appointed by a judge to prosecute the case, refused to comment on the evidence in this case:

“I don’t believe in trying cases in the public eye. The evidence will be presented during trial, and a trier of fact, either a judge or jury, will make a decision.”

Officer Brown has been suspended without pay pending the outcome of the charges and an internal affairs investigation. This is routine procedure in a police-involved shooting.

A statement issued by Bristol City Manager and Attorney Randall Eads and Mayor Bill Hartley seemed to prejudge the officer’s guilt prior to the completion of the investigation:

“(The internal affairs) investigation was not conducted contemporaneously with the criminal investigation due to procedural issues that could have hampered the criminal investigation. The investigation is expected to be completed within 10 days.

“We do not condone, nor will we tolerate the unnecessary use of force by our police officers. There is a time and place for the use of force, and force must be used sparingly and within the bounds of the law.”

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Officer charged with manslaughter in shooting death of Bennie Edwards, who charged officers with a knife

March 19. 2021

 

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The Oklahoma District Attorney’s Office charged a city police officer involved with the shooting death of Bennie Edwards late last year with manslaughter on Thursday.

Bennie Edwards, a black man with mental illness, was armed with a knife and charged at officers before the shooting.

 

District Attorney David Prater filed the charges against Sgt. Clifford Holman.  In filing the charges, Prater said:

“There are always many things to consider when determining whether or not an officer’s use of deadly force is lawfully justified or not. Any loss of human life is tragic, and I take these decisions very seriously.”

The incident occurred on December 11, when officers were called to a report of a homeless man on the sidewalk in front of Extra Cash Gold and Loan on Hefner Road in the city. Police said the business owner had called police about 60-year-old Edwards hanging out in front of his business.

In an affidavit, investigating detective Bryn Carter said that the first officer to arrive, Sgt. Keith Duroy, requested backup from a unit carrying a taser. Duroy made contact with Edwards, who was armed with a knife and told the officer to leave.

Sgt. Holman arrived on the scene with a taser. Another officer also arrived but did not deploy a taser or fire shots during the incident.

Edwards continued holding the knife despite multiple orders from police to drop it. When he refused, Sgt. Holman deployed his taser, which had no effect. Edward ran toward Duroy with the knife after the failed taser attempt, and then turned and began running away from the officers.

Both DuRoy and Sgt. Holman fired rounds at Edwards. The affidavit filed by Carter read:

“(Holman) fired three shots unnecessarily at Mr. Edwards as he was running away, striking him in his upper middle back causing his death.”

Holman’s attorney released a statement saying his client acted accordingly, and that the law firm will vigorously defend the officer:

“(Holman) acted lawfully, and we are proud to represent him as we fight these charges in a court of law.”

The Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) also defended the actions of Sgt. Holman, saying he acted as he was trained. Police Union President John George said:

“In this situation, when faced with a disturbed individual armed with a deadly weapon, our officers used multiple methods of de-escalation and less-lethal options to try to avoid the use of deadly force.

“When those efforts were ineffective, the officers were put in peril when they were charged by the armed person. We maintain that Sgt. Holman upheld his duty and followed the law.”

 

 

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