Friend says Bryant should not have been killed

Connelly , with friends, and Rev. Abraham, right Newburgh A friend of Antonio Bryant, who was shot and killed by a police officer after he shot at two officers Monday night, said he should not have been killed. Full Story
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Concerned Citizen

Poughkeepsie, NY

#1 Nov 1, 2006
Ok plain and simple...

He was on PAROLE for already KILLING someone. He has already shown that he is willing to kill another person and obviously without remorse if he is walking around with a gun.

Why would you shoot at the police if you didn't do anything wrong? When you are trying to protect your own life, you tell me if you would shoot someone "below the knee"? They can still come back and shoot you!!!!

Lesson learned here: DO NOT SHOOT AT POLICE!

Do not break the law, do not run from the law (especially if you haven't done "anything wrong"), things like this could very well make life much better for the all of us.
Another concerned citizen

Wilton, CT

#2 Nov 1, 2006
Concerned Citizen wrote:
Ok plain and simple...
He was on PAROLE for already KILLING someone. He has already shown that he is willing to kill another person and obviously without remorse if he is walking around with a gun.
Why would you shoot at the police if you didn't do anything wrong? When you are trying to protect your own life, you tell me if you would shoot someone "below the knee"? They can still come back and shoot you!!!!
Lesson learned here: DO NOT SHOOT AT POLICE!
Do not break the law, do not run from the law (especially if you haven't done "anything wrong"), things like this could very well make life much better for the all of us.
I could not agree more!
Police have right to kill

Flushing, NY

#3 Nov 5, 2006
Our taxes pay for the Police (in whatever municipality) to protect and serve. When an officer pulls a vehicle over and gets shot at, I think they should have the right to shoot right back to kill. What do you think the guy who shot first was trying to do? This is what our society has turned into. The local trash always has an answer to defend their ignorant actions. Let's get to the basic questions like what was a parolee doing with a gun? Did he have a job? And why did he start shooting if he didn't have anything to hide?

I think we need better bullet proof vests. We should patrol the streets with drug sniffing dogs and have a blast putting this juvenille delinquents in federal lockup all over the country.
Dennis

Pompton Lakes, NJ

#4 Nov 7, 2006
Police have right to kill wrote:
Our taxes pay for the Police (in whatever municipality) to protect and serve. When an officer pulls a vehicle over and gets shot at, I think they should have the right to shoot right back to kill. What do you think the guy who shot first was trying to do? This is what our society has turned into. The local trash always has an answer to defend their ignorant actions. Let's get to the basic questions like what was a parolee doing with a gun? Did he have a job? And why did he start shooting if he didn't have anything to hide?
I think we need better bullet proof vests. We should patrol the streets with drug sniffing dogs and have a blast putting this juvenille delinquents in federal lockup all over the country.
Exactly, people who are saying that the police are trained and should have aimed for a leg or arm are just dumb plain and simple. If the man shooting has no value for human life then I would tell the cops to aim center mass everytime and then personally shake their hand for making this town that much safer.
Dennis

Pompton Lakes, NJ

#5 Nov 7, 2006
Oh and you can't call me racist because I myself am black so dont start that shit in here. have asked black police officers what they would do in the same circumstances and their reply was shoot to kill
newburghian

Woodstock, NY

#6 Nov 12, 2006
Dennis wrote:
Oh and you can't call me racist because I myself am black so dont start that shit in here. have asked black police officers what they would do in the same circumstances and their reply was shoot to kill
The problem here is cops are trained to shoot below the waist.The cop in question has a rambo type mentality and evidently you know nothing about newburgh cops because if you did you wouldnt make such dumb comments about things you have no clue on.Furthermore if the black cop was faced at shooting a white youth you can bet your bottom dollar that he would not shoot him in the back of head.So you need to get real and get your head out your ass before you make comments just for the sake of making them you are the worst kind of racist someone who is black and wants to be white peace out
Concerned Citizen

New York, NY

#7 Nov 12, 2006
newburghian wrote:
<quoted text>The problem here is cops are trained to shoot below the waist.The cop in question has a rambo type mentality and evidently you know nothing about newburgh cops because if you did you wouldnt make such dumb comments about things you have no clue on.Furthermore if the black cop was faced at shooting a white youth you can bet your bottom dollar that he would not shoot him in the back of head.So you need to get real and get your head out your ass before you make comments just for the sake of making them you are the worst kind of racist someone who is black and wants to be white peace out
Well, I work in the City of Newburgh and I do not believe that the police did anything less than what they needed to do. If you were up with the facts than you would know that the cop who shot the youth, fired 2 other shots prior to the lethal shot and missed. It was pure luck that the third shot went through his brain stem.
Dennis

Pompton Lakes, NJ

#8 Nov 12, 2006
newburghian wrote:
<quoted text>The problem here is cops are trained to shoot below the waist.The cop in question has a rambo type mentality and evidently you know nothing about newburgh cops because if you did you wouldnt make such dumb comments about things you have no clue on.Furthermore if the black cop was faced at shooting a white youth you can bet your bottom dollar that he would not shoot him in the back of head.So you need to get real and get your head out your ass before you make comments just for the sake of making them you are the worst kind of racist someone who is black and wants to be white peace out
My heads in my ass? If Bryant did not have a problem shooting at the two officers then why should the police officers value Bryants life over theirs? And no they are not trained to shoot below the waist if their lives are in danger. Te people who train police black and white trainers teach cops that if you encounter a person with a gun with the intent to do harm, which is all cases a gun is drawn and pointed direcrtly at police officers then they are to fire center mass for 2 reasons. 1) The officers are less likly to miss and hurt innocent (which he is not) bystanders. 2) Inlike the movies if you get shot in the chest or stomache you are NOT gonna be able to hold on to the gun and fire intently
newburghian

Woodstock, NY

#9 Nov 13, 2006
Dennis wrote:
<quoted text>
My heads in my ass? If Bryant did not have a problem shooting at the two officers then why should the police officers value Bryants life over theirs? And no they are not trained to shoot below the waist if their lives are in danger. Te people who train police black and white trainers teach cops that if you encounter a person with a gun with the intent to do harm, which is all cases a gun is drawn and pointed direcrtly at police officers then they are to fire center mass for 2 reasons. 1) The officers are less likly to miss and hurt innocent (which he is not) bystanders. 2) Inlike the movies if you get shot in the chest or stomache you are NOT gonna be able to hold on to the gun and fire intently
one question yesterday in port jervis a group of white youths jumped on a black police officer from nypd and beat him pretty bad where his life is in danger.If he shot and killed all seven of them do you think he would of been justified by the white community where this happened?
Dennis

Pompton Lakes, NJ

#10 Nov 13, 2006
He should have shot and probably would have being an officer not just because they were white. And i doubt it would be needed to shoot all of them seeing how if one died i doubt the others would continue. But if they were armed it would be justified if he shot all of them, but white communitee would still argue it. Same here he acted within his boundries where his life was in danger. but it was seen as racist because of their skin color. Theres ALWAYS gonna be people that say its because of race. but he was doing is job. Also he shot more then one shot its just pure luck he was shot in the head especially when he was moving. This is not the movies, i used guns before u change ur angle by a degree you could miss an object 20 ft away by 5 feet.
Nelly

United States

#11 Nov 16, 2006
They should have shot him in the leg. Kind of reminds me of my favorite rapper that died, 50 cent... Wait a second, he was shot 9 times and didn't die and was fully conscious. A cops job in that situation is to quickly difuse the danger to themselves and others. Shooting him in the leg would not difuse the situation, in fact it would make it worse because then you would have an angry convict filled with rage and pain. Just remember that could have easily been your young kid that animal could have been shooting at. Right to use deadly physical force, it is called that for a reason.
Nikki

Middletown, NY

#12 Nov 16, 2006
newburghian wrote:
<quoted text>one question yesterday in port jervis a group of white youths jumped on a black police officer from nypd and beat him pretty bad where his life is in danger.If he shot and killed all seven of them do you think he would of been justified by the white community where this happened?
Was anyone defending those kids in here? No. You can't look around for excuses by bringing up other crimes. the Point is that a cop was shot at. The cop shot back. Someone got hit, and it happened to be Bryant. What does that have to do with race?
newbrghen

AOL

#13 Feb 7, 2008
okay-this-young-man-served-his -time-for-what-he-done-does-th is-give-the-officer-THE-RIGHT- TO-KILL-HIM-NO-they-could-have -did-it-a-better-way.i-say-to- the-family-fight-till-you-can' t-know-more-IT-HAS-TO-STOP-NOW !-i-have-sons
mcccmar45

AOL

#14 Feb 8, 2008
like I say - the police should sue this family forcreating and raising such a miscreat - if take on the cops - you buy your OWN ticket - no sympathy for him here
imaginaryplayer

Oneonta, NY

#15 Feb 14, 2008
newburghian wrote:
<quoted text>The problem here is cops are trained to shoot below the waist.The cop in question has a rambo type mentality and evidently you know nothing about newburgh cops because if you did you wouldnt make such dumb comments about things you have no clue on.Furthermore if the black cop was faced at shooting a white youth you can bet your bottom dollar that he would not shoot him in the back of head.So you need to get real and get your head out your ass before you make comments just for the sake of making them you are the worst kind of racist someone who is black and wants to be white peace out
I happen to personally know the cop that was involved in that shooting, and he in no way has a rambo type mentality. You tell me if you can shoot below the waist at a moving target at night time dressed all in black. Don't make assumptions about someone's mentality that you don't know. Officer Lahar is a laid back person who uses violence as a last resort only in self DEFENSE. Cops are trained to shoot to kill. My father was a city of newburgh police officer. He was not trained to shoot to injur. If you are being shot at your life is in jeopardy and you are to respond with DEADLY force. No excuses for that guy, he was asking to be killed. He was no innocent church boy.
imaginaryplayer

Oneonta, NY

#16 Feb 14, 2008
Nelly wrote:
They should have shot him in the leg. Kind of reminds me of my favorite rapper that died, 50 cent... Wait a second, he was shot 9 times and didn't die and was fully conscious. A cops job in that situation is to quickly difuse the danger to themselves and others. Shooting him in the leg would not difuse the situation, in fact it would make it worse because then you would have an angry convict filled with rage and pain. Just remember that could have easily been your young kid that animal could have been shooting at. Right to use deadly physical force, it is called that for a reason.
you're a fool, if my kid was shooting at cops I would disown him. Bottom line is you don't know the police training. Since my father was a cop in the city of newburgh, he explained that when someone shoots at you, you're life is being threatened. You SHOOT TO KILL. not injur. it's takes one bullet to kill you, it's your life or theirs. You put yourself in that position and tell me that you would try to hit a moving target in the leg at night time dressed in all black while they are running and gunning at you. Grow up peter pan, you need to realize that that was standard self defensive procedure. And don't forget the guy was on the run from parole for a previous murder, so he shows no fear of taking a life.
imaginaryplayer

Oneonta, NY

#17 Feb 14, 2008
newbrghen wrote:
okay-this-young-man-served-his -time-for-what-he-done-does-th is-give-the-officer-THE-RIGHT- TO-KILL-HIM-NO-they-could-have -did-it-a-better-way.i-say-to- the-family-fight-till-you-can' t-know-more-IT-HAS-TO-STOP-NOW !-i-have-sons
since you have sons, I hope you raise them better than to murder someone, get out of prison, pick up a gun, then start shooting at police. Are you going to make excuses for this guy? What were his intentions? Not to do serious bodily harm or kill the officers? Here's another point, so pay attention... the people he was shooting at... they're someone's sons too. but it would have been okay if he killed a cop right? becuase cops are only there to bring the black man down. This is ridiculous. He wasn't an unarmed innocent citizen on his way home from church. You would have done the same thing if your life was on the line.
imaginaryplayer

Oneonta, NY

#18 Feb 14, 2008
newburghian wrote:
<quoted text>one question yesterday in port jervis a group of white youths jumped on a black police officer from nypd and beat him pretty bad where his life is in danger.If he shot and killed all seven of them do you think he would of been justified by the white community where this happened?
no because they weren't using deadly weapons. And they weren't convicted murderers. That's a bad scenario to contrast. Not even close to the same situation. That NYPD cop was off duty. These guys were in uniform and being shot at by a convicted murdered who had no business back out on the street.
d evils

Kingston, NY

#19 Feb 14, 2008
imaginaryplayer wrote:
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you're a fool, if my kid was shooting at cops I would disown him. Bottom line is you don't know the police training. Since my father was a cop in the city of newburgh, he explained that when someone shoots at you, you're life is being threatened. You SHOOT TO KILL. not injur. it's takes one bullet to kill you, it's your life or theirs. You put yourself in that position and tell me that you would try to hit a moving target in the leg at night time dressed in all black while they are running and gunning at you. Grow up peter pan, you need to realize that that was standard self defensive procedure. And don't forget the guy was on the run from parole for a previous murder, so he shows no fear of taking a life.
THE GUY DID NOT VIOLATE PAROLE . HE WAS NOT ON THE RUN BEFORE THAT INCIDENT. YES HE WAS ON PAROLE NOT ON THE RUN OR A VIOLATOR GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT
mcccmar45

AOL

#20 Feb 19, 2008
d evils wrote:
<quoted text>THE GUY DID NOT VIOLATE PAROLE . HE WAS NOT ON THE RUN BEFORE THAT INCIDENT. YES HE WAS ON PAROLE NOT ON THE RUN OR AAll VIOLATOR GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT
ALl of this over someone who SHOT at police - as Ive said before his family should be sued by the police department for creating and raising such a person and turning him loose on society . If you are violent towards anyone - especially the police - you buy your own ticket to whatever show happens to you - its called taking responsibility for your actions and it seems that this person NEVER was taught to do that

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