“At the time, McGinty’s office conceded that in hindsight it is possible that the incident could have been handled differently by the Richland County Sheriff’s Office but said his office was charged with investigating the firing of weapons, not tactical decisions by police.”
Just for the record I am not in any way thinking this killing could not be justified, but to keep suggesting the mother and father are the culprits for reasoning depicting they said he had a gun was false! This is wrong! – then to drag the investigation on for “8 months” would suggest to the community there was something to hide?, and there was! – It was the fact one Deputy involved has a history of not handling situations the best. Hopefully with this attention, if anything we the community can feel safe that an incident of this magnitude will not be handled the same way. The young man was held up in a room, across the street where initial incident happened and surely did not need to be escalated as it was. Sure cops jobs are tough, many times like Tamir could have been handled differently! The public clearly is divided, why is the question that needs answered if we are to ever have peace?
“It is significant that the Fourth Amendment does not require a law enforcement officer to be right when conducting a seizure,” Crawford said. In other words, Rice didn’t have to actually possess a firearm for the shooting to be justified.
If you think about this, everyone should be scared who may have a disability, etc. This to the average person would think all one has to do it make a call one has a gun, you fit the description, and your dead! Why do these cops put themselves in harms way when nobody is in danger is what should be considered “reasonable”, this is where differing perspectives rile a community! BOTH cases were similar on what’s CONsidered reasonable? Sorry, some of us came from the day “Serve & Protect” – even if it means protecting these people clearly not acting in the best demeanor for what ever reason? Here we have a child, not the brightest bulb in the package? Then we have another young man known to be off his meds, does that mean we open season on ignorance or a temporary lapse of reason, NO! So respectfully some of us disagree with Mr McGinty and what he thinks as reasonable as we have seen here our Prosecutor wasn’t reasonable when he decided to commit suicide for what ever reason? The point is not to keep kicking a dead horse, but to point out reasonable behavior or thought process by those in office, scary if you think about that too that we rely on one perspective instead of many? A JURY FOR INSTANCE?????
“Like Rice reaching down toward his waistband, when Garber allegedly made a sudden movement with his hands under his shirt and deputies heard a loud bang, deputies were “within the bounds of law to shoot first,” Cuyahoga County Prosecuting Attorney James Gutierrez previously said.”
Interesting where this came from being since this was handled by a secret Grand Jury where it was found fact that “deputies” heard a loud bang when all we have as fact is rumors that only Frazier heard this bang while the rest reacted to his reaction, hmmm?
“Though prosecutors determined the loud bang officers heard was actually Frazier firing his weapon, Frazier maintained in his recorded interview the sound “came from Garber, it came from his direction. There’s no disputing that.”
Frazier said he fired in reaction to that sound and at the same time saw Garber lift his shirt and “protruded” what he believed to be a firearm. “He brought his entire hand out eventually,” Frazier said.
Nicholson and Knee told deputies they never saw Garber’s hands come from beneath his shirt, even after the shooting.
“The suspect slumped over, and we still could not see what the suspect was holding beneath his shirt,” Nicholson told BCI agents. “It was still under his shirt.”
Hence why the community is left with speculation and mistrust in the Sheriff’s Department or an objective view outside of law enforcement protecting the brotherhood. Many in this community don’t TRUST serve and protect, something that needs restored. The good news I believe we haven’t heard continued abuse is the community and social media sharing who to be alert in watching out for if ever confronted. We want to restore the public faith we must first and foremost focus on those who are still working who have committed crimes in the past, the Wall of Shame is a good measure in restoring this faith as we watch and hold those accountable if they ever lie cheat or abuse anyone again in our community!
I want to once again Thank Kaitlin for her story that we may NEVER FORGET these people, but can forgive IF they have learned a valuable lesson on life, liberty, and justice for all????
RIP BRIAN GARBER, may your uncalled for death be used as a tool to unite and not a continued divide of “US vs THEM” – Once citizen killed when they needed help is too much.