Trooper’s heroic actions subduing armed criminal caught on camera now drawing outrage from the Left (op-ed)

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ATLANTA, GA – Once again, outrage is being expressed by the left because a police officer used physical force to subdue an armed criminal fleeing through public streets endangering both the officer and the public.

This time, it is a Georgia State Patrol trooper who is being investigated after he was “caught” on video “stomping” on a suspect while attempting to place him into custody following a vehicle and foot pursuit.

The Georgia Department of Public Safety (DPS) said on October 3, an unidentified trooper with the Georgia State Patrol conducted a traffic stop because Jamarco Kintavious Lucas, of Decatur, was driving on Atlanta’s Downtown Connector, in a 2019 Dodge Challenger without a seatbelt.

Lucas, a criminal wanted by nearby Rockdale County on a battery charge, fled the traffic stop in his vehicle, endangering motorists driving on the busy roadway.

Lucas was on probation for another assault at the time of the stop.

Eventually, Lucas fled the vehicle on foot with the courageous trooper in pursuit. Video showed the trooper attempting non-lethal tactics to stop the man, who was armed with a handgun. The trooper deployed his Taser as he chased the wanted, armed man through the public area.

The Taser struck Lucas, causing him to fall to the sidewalk. This is the point that the trooper observed the handgun fall from the suspect’s waistband, according to authorities. 

Rather than surrendering to the officer and complying with his orders, Lucas attempts to get up from the sidewalk. Knowing the man was wanted and armed, the trooper uses his foot to try and keep the man on the ground.

The gun rested on the ground between the trooper and Lucas at the time, and Lucas could have grabbed for the gun if he had succeeded in regaining his footing.

After a brief struggle, the brave trooper was able to take Lucas into custody. No one was injured during the incident, including Lucas, the trooper, nor the public.

Despite the trooper chasing, struggling with, and apprehending the dangerous and armed suspect, who was already wanted for assaulting another person, critics have expressed outrage over the video of the incident released on Twitter. Critics claim the officer used too much force to apprehend the armed threat to the public because he used his foot to strike the suspect.

Georgia State Patrol officials confirmed that the videos posted on Twitter showing the trooper “stomping” the suspect were part of its review into the unnamed trooper’s use of force. All such instances are documented and reviewed per Department of Public Safety policy.

GSP stated that the trooper deployed his Taser twice during the foot pursuit, gave the suspect verbal commands to comply, and was aware of the gun in the man’s waistband.

Because the trooper was unaware if Lucas was still armed, GSP said the trooper applied what’s called a “foot strike.”

The use of a foot to help control a dangerous and potentially deadly encounter has been so much a part of policing, and such an effective method of capturing the bad guy without getting an officer or a member of the public killed, that they gave it the name “foot strike.”

The Georgia Department of Public Safety’s Use of Force Policy states that officers are allowed to use physical strength to control a suspect. A foot strike is listed as one of the defense tactics officers are trained to use in many law enforcement training guides.

Despite this fact, critics have said the trooper used “too much force.” Think about that for a moment.

The trooper was chasing an armed criminal wanted for a previous violent assault. The foot pursuit was in a populated area with potential citizen victims around the scene. Despite all of these obvious dangers, the trooper still deployed less-than-lethal tactics to capture this dangerous criminal, at his own peril.

Local activist Scotty Smart told the news media that if  “you have someone on the ground already, there’s no need to stomp on them.”

Really. A person on the ground cannot grab a gun and kill you? Would Smart have stood there asking the man to comply politely while a gun lay between them? I doubt it.

Yet, Smart said:

“I think that’s a clear case of excessive force. We have someone on the ground already. There’s no need to stomp on him. You could easily apprehend the suspect by simply placing handcuffs on him. Stomping on him two or three times looks like an emotional reaction.”

Has Smart ever attempted to “simply” put handcuffs on a violent resister? No, he has not. If he had, he would know there is nothing simple about apprehending a resisting suspect, especially an armed and wanted criminal. trying to escape.

In a world existing only in the minds of the Left, police can send arrest notices in the mail with flowers and candy. But in the dangerous, hard world that exists in reality, thank God there are heroes like this trooper willing to risk their own lives to capture the criminals who are praying on the innocent.

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Hero: Officer blocks road to stop wrong-way suspected DUI driver who had already lost license

September 12, 2021

 

WAUCONDA, IL – A Wauconda Police officer literally put himself in harm’s way earlier in September in an effort to stop a wrong-way driver who was also reportedly drunk behind the wheel, fearing the suspect may seriously hurt or kill other drivers on the road.

Dashcam video showed the moments when the driver collided with the officer’s strategically staged squad car, giving the officer an opportunity to stop the wrong-way driver.

The incident happened on September 5th at approximately 1:30 a.m., after Officer Jon Finze responded to the call on Route 176 and attempted to get the wrong-way driver to stop his vehicle.

Officer Finze activated his lights and sirens in an effort to get the driver, identified as 46-year-old Anthony Smith, to pull over – however, those attempts were unsuccessful.

Reports allege that Smith had been driving down the wrong way of the street for roughly five miles before Officer Finze caught up with him.

When that failed, Officer Finze opted for another approach – where he drove ahead of the suspect and placed his vehicle in a manner that slightly protruded past the median into the pathway of the wrong-way driver.

Just as expected, within seconds, the driver clipped the front of the patrol vehicle. Video shows Officer Finze then running over to the vehicle, which reports note that Smith did attempt to flee the scene after the accident.

Despite being inside of the patrol vehicle during the collision, Officer Finze only suffered minor injuries from the impact. His K9, Badger, that was inside of the patrol vehicle was also evaluated after the incident.

Apparently, Smith wasn’t supposed to be behind the wheel at all during the early morning collision, as his license was revoked from several past DUI convictions. At the time of his September 5th arrest, officials say his blood alcohol level was over 0.16 – twice the legal limit.

Police Chief David Wermes, expressing frustrations over the suspect, stated the following regarding the incident:

“This is his fourth DUI, and my first thought was, ‘why was this person on the road to begin with?’”

Chief Wermes stressed that stiffer penalties need to be considered when it comes to multiple DUI offenders so as to avoid potential incidents, as the collision could’ve turned out far worse for the officer or another motorist had Smith gone unnoticed.

Smith is facing numerous charges related to the incident, including DUI, and is being held in custody at the Lake County Jail on $75,000 bail. His next scheduled court appearance is on September 10th. 

 

 

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