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Autopsy: Alcohol, Marijuana In Teen Hit By Brandon Officer

There are 24 comments on the The Jackson Channel story from Nov 19, 2008, titled Autopsy: Alcohol, Marijuana In Teen Hit By Brandon Officer. In it, The Jackson Channel reports that:

Autopsy results were in Wednesday night on a 19-year-old killed in an accident involving a Brandon police car.

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RANKIN COUNTY RESIDENT

Philadelphia, PA

#1 Nov 21, 2008
Does the fact,(maybe) that the boy killed by that Brandon police officer had alcohol and marijuana in his system mean it was somehow the boys fault? What difference does that make? None. It was the officer that killed the kid, nothing else. If I was the boys mother I would sue the Brandon police department, they are so crooked. I suppose it makes the officer feel better knowing that the boy was under the influence, shouldn't have been on the road anyways right?
Allen

Pearl, MS

#2 Nov 21, 2008
RANKIN COUNTY RESIDENT wrote:
Does the fact,(maybe) that the boy killed by that Brandon police officer had alcohol and marijuana in his system mean it was somehow the boys fault? What difference does that make? None. It was the officer that killed the kid, nothing else. If I was the boys mother I would sue the Brandon police department, they are so crooked. I suppose it makes the officer feel better knowing that the boy was under the influence, shouldn't have been on the road anyways right?
Anytime a teen dies on the highway it is sad but to excuse his behavior is asinine. If he had killed the police officer, or YOUR loved one, would that make a difference in your idiotic mind???
andy

Florence, MS

#3 Nov 21, 2008
when i read this story i was not shocked to read the teen had alchohol in his system,from day one they said beer and liquer was in the car, whats provoking is that his alchol content was .07 that is below the legal limit for an adult (.08).he was 19, im shure he had the body mass ect. of an adult,so i feel like his blood alchohol level should be deemed within a legal limit,it is a technicallity that his b.a.c. was illegal just because he was under age.(.02 below 21) it is hard to blame the officer or the teen as to who was more careless, but i feel it should be decided in a court,i do feel the officer holds some responsibility.i think the alcohol laws are completely out of control!!!!!
BigGuy

Erin, TN

#4 Jan 7, 2009
I have been keeping up with this story since it began. It seems that the police only recognized the witnesses they needed. What happened to the boys that were waiting on this teenager(at the Dairy Queen just a minute away from where the accident occured)who saw the officer speeding down the road with no lights/sirens? Were they forgotten about? If i were a Rankin/Brandon resident and knew this sort of conduct were happening i would SPEAK-UP! Also, aren't the coroner, police & DA all involved too closely in this.(These are the same people that would have dealt with this teens toxicology, autopsy & accident reports.) Sounds more than suspicious & illegal altogether, but from what i hear it's normal for Rankin Co.
BigGuy

Erin, TN

#5 Jan 7, 2009
I wonder, just how many tickets in Rankin Co. have been given in the past year to teenagers who were over the 0.02 level but under 0.08 level??? In all actuality, what would this be recognized as; a misdemeanor? I believe the charge would be illegal substance by a minor which is a misdemeanor. So how it is that the RSO can investigate & close this case within 1 week? How would this teens BAC level be classified any different just because he was involved in a wreck with an officer? Sounds like the Rankin & Brandon police knew exactly how they wanted this to end from the moment the wreck occurred. Maybe local residents will speak out against this injustice. Who knows, it could happen again!!!
BigGuy

Erin, TN

#6 Jan 8, 2009
Allen wrote:
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Anytime a teen dies on the highway it is sad but to excuse his behavior is asinine. If he had killed the police officer, or YOUR loved one, would that make a difference in your idiotic mind???
How would you know what the "teen's behavior" was that night? Looks to me like this teenager was trying to cross a road when he met an officer driving 72mph(or faster) in a 45 mph zone possibly without lights/sirens and was killed instantly. It's that simple! The boys BAC level was 0.07, which would be legal if he were 21, so how could this possibly change the scenario just because he was 19. What's asinine is that you are excusing the officers behavior without apparently knowing all the facts. Just because you read the papers mentioning "alcohol & marijuana" you, like so many, automatically blame the teen. Come on, are you really that stupid to think the police ARE NOT going to cover themselves. Happens everyday, maybe one day to someone you love!
Roy G

Pearl, MS

#7 Mar 12, 2009
I agree that they are always speeding and no one says a word. It is sad but the Brandon Police Dept. are not well liked. It is a conspiracy and it has always been this way. the entire rankin county system is crooked and the school system is as well. They are all in coop hoops with each other. they are always in the right even when it is obvious they are wrong!
BigGuy wrote:
I have been keeping up with this story since it began. It seems that the police only recognized the witnesses they needed. What happened to the boys that were waiting on this teenager(at the Dairy Queen just a minute away from where the accident occured)who saw the officer speeding down the road with no lights/sirens? Were they forgotten about? If i were a Rankin/Brandon resident and knew this sort of conduct were happening i would SPEAK-UP! Also, aren't the coroner, police & DA all involved too closely in this.(These are the same people that would have dealt with this teens toxicology, autopsy & accident reports.) Sounds more than suspicious & illegal altogether, but from what i hear it's normal for Rankin Co.
CTR

Brookhaven, MS

#8 Mar 13, 2009
Roy G wrote:
I agree that they are always speeding and no one says a word. It is sad but the Brandon Police Dept. are not well liked. It is a conspiracy and it has always been this way. the entire rankin county system is crooked and the school system is as well. They are all in coop hoops with each other. they are always in the right even when it is obvious they are wrong!
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Move if you dont like it.
rebel

Brandon, MS

#9 Mar 15, 2009
andy wrote:
when i read this story i was not shocked to read the teen had alchohol in his system,from day one they said beer and liquer was in the car, whats provoking is that his alchol content was .07 that is below the legal limit for an adult (.08).he was 19, im sure he had the body mass ect. of an adult,so i feel like his blood alchohol level should be deemed within a legal limit,it is a technicallity that his b.a.c. was illegal just because he was under age.(.02 below 21) it is hard to blame the officer or the teen as to who was more careless, but i feel it should be decided in a court,i do feel the officer holds some responsibility.i think the alcohol laws are completely out of control!!!!!
It was proven the boy pulled out in front of s patrol car with its blue lights on.
That right there shows you the alcohol had impaired him. Alcohol at small levels begans to effect your sight, motor skills and ability to make decisions. One is risk taking. You will take more risk than you normally would due to the euphoria the alcohol causes.The reason the 02. tolerance stands for underage drivers is most are just beginning to drink.They are also inexperianced drivers. These two together are a very dangerous combination.(NHTSA} The National Highway Safety Association has spent millions of dollars on years of research to prove this. Yes it sad when things like this happens, But just think how many lives have been saved due to the 02.underage limit.
rebel

Brandon, MS

#10 Mar 19, 2009
Man Im still amazed at the ignorance of most people even when they clearly have ways to research things for themselves.(GOOGLE) I wonder how many of them has been arrested for dui . Stupid is not a crime or they would all be in jail HAHAHAHA.
rebel

Brandon, MS

#11 Mar 19, 2009
Progressive Effects of Alcohol[5]
BAC (%) Behavior
0.010.029

* Average individual appears
normal
Impairment


* Subtle effects that can be
detected with special tests

0.030.059

* Mild euphoria
* Sense of well-being
* Relaxation
* Talkativeness
* Joyous
* Decreased inhibition

Impairment

* Alertness
* Judgment
* Coordination
* Concentration

0.060.10

* Blunted Feelings
* Disinhibition
* Extroversion
* Impaired Sexual Pleasure

Impairment

* Reflexes
* Reasoning
* Depth Perception
* Distance Acuity
* Peripheral Vision
* Glare Recovery

0.110.20

* Over-Expression
* Emotional Swings
* Anger or Sadness
* Boisterous

Impairment

* Reaction Time
* Gross Motor Control
* Staggering
* Slurred Speech

0.210.29

* Stupor
* Loss of Understanding
* Impaired Sensations

Impairment

* Severe Motor Impairment
* Loss of Consciousness
* Memory Blackout

0.300.39

* Severe Depression
* Unconsciousness
* Death Possible

Impairment


* Bladder Function
* Breathing
* Heart Rate

>0.40

* Unconsciousness
* Death

Impairment

* Breathing
* Heart Rate

Standard Drink Chart (US)[6]
See also: Alcohol equivalence
Alcohol Amount in ml Amount in fl. oz. Colloquial amount Alcohol % by vol. Alcohol in fl. oz.
80 proof liquor 44 ml 1.5 fl. oz. one shot 40 0.6 fl. oz.
beer 355 ml 12 fl. oz. one can 5 0.6 fl. oz.
table wine 148 ml 5 fl. oz. one glass 12 0.6 fl. oz.

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Since: Mar 09

Jack-town, MS

#12 Mar 25, 2009
CTR wrote:
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Move if you dont like it.
The Po-Po's are crooked everywhere you go. You'd be moving somewhere new every day. I can tell you about many situations to show my point, but that's probably be useless. I dislike 99% of cops and that's just the way it be.
BigGuy

Erin, TN

#13 Aug 28, 2009
rebel wrote:
Man Im still amazed at the ignorance of most people even when they clearly have ways to research things for themselves.(GOOGLE) I wonder how many of them has been arrested for dui . Stupid is not a crime or they would all be in jail HAHAHAHA.
What's stupid is your way of thinking as you obviously don't know the law. The 19yr olds BAC level was UNDER 0.08. This means he was not legally intoxicated per Ms law. His TOX reports indicate "NON-TOXIC levels of marijuana"; the toxicologist reported the drug screen revealed "NO SIGNIFICANT FINDINGS". But what about the cop? He was driving with a 16 year old boy in his car at the time of the wreck. This info is UNDISPUTED! Did the cops attempt to cover-up this info and more? Yes they did! They police were quick to point the blame on this teenager by giving out his TOX to the media within 1 week. They also condoned the officers actions but never told the entire corrupt story.
DDWB

Brookhaven, MS

#14 Aug 29, 2009
BigGuy wrote:
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What's stupid is your way of thinking as you obviously don't know the law. The 19yr olds BAC level was UNDER 0.08.
You obviously dont know the law numbnuts!
BigGuy

Erin, TN

#15 Aug 29, 2009
DDWB wrote:
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You obviously dont know the law numbnuts!
Here's what i do know! State of Mississippi-Legal level of intoxication while driving=0.08. The teenagers BAC level was UNDER this 0.08 amount. Because of the teenagers age, age 19, he was in offense of the Ms Zero Tolerance level but again, he WAS NOT legally intoxicated per Ms law. Would you care to argue with this law again?
Thank You

New Orleans, LA

#16 Aug 29, 2009
BigGuy wrote:
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Here's what i do know! State of Mississippi-Legal level of intoxication while driving=0.08. The teenagers BAC level was UNDER this 0.08 amount. Because of the teenagers age, age 19, he was in offense of the Ms Zero Tolerance level but again, he WAS NOT legally intoxicated per Ms law. Would you care to argue with this law again?
Wrong bud, per Mississippi Law if you are under 21 years of age the legal level of intoxication limit is .02. Statue 63-11-30, read it and weep. Under Mississippi Law he was illegally intoxicated.
BigGuy

Erin, TN

#17 Aug 30, 2009
Thank You wrote:
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Wrong bud, per Mississippi Law if you are under 21 years of age the legal level of intoxication limit is .02. Statue 63-11-30, read it and weep. Under Mississippi Law he was illegally intoxicated.
You are right! Ms Drunk Driving Law-Drivers Under 21:The section of Mississippi's DUI laws that apply to minors is called "Zero Tolerance for Minors." The provisions of this law apply only when a person under 21 drives with a BAC of .02 or more, but lower than .08. Upon conviction of a person under 21 for a 1st offense under the Zero Tolerance law, the offender's driver's license will be suspended for 90 days. The offender will also be fined for $250 and be required to attend & complete an alcohol safety education program.

If the teens BAC was diagnosed correctly(with no tampering of evidence as most of this investigation seems to be)he was in offense of this law. Maybe the next time this officer is driving around with a 16yr old boy in his cruiser, while on a so-called burglary call & driving at excessive speeds, he will stop to ask the next teenager he may come upon & possibly kill. I am sure this 19yr old would have much preferred to have his license suspended & pay a fine than be lying 6ft under right now.
Thank You

New Orleans, LA

#18 Aug 30, 2009
Man you are missing the whole point. Mississippi DOES NOT have a zero tolerance law for minors. Zero tolerance means what it says....ZERO TOLERANCE. That means if a minor took a sip of an alcoholic beverage he would be breaking the law.

What Mississippi does have is this. Again, in Mississippi, it is illegal to operate, or be in physical control of any vehicle, while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. The Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) limit for adults is currently .08. For persons under 21, the limit is .02. And, for anyone operating a Commercial Vehicle, the limit is .04.

You think you know what you are talking about but you dont. You get your BAC up to .07, even .05 and see how you function. DUI laws are too laid back. Its simple, dont drink and drive. Its simple, dont do illegal drugs (or legal drugs that impair your motor skills) and drive. ITS THAT SIMPLE. You keep saying let an officer do this and do that to your family member. Well let a drunk kill one of your family members and see how you feel. I hope it NEVER happens!
cityofBrandon

Erin, TN

#19 Sep 1, 2009
Let's get to the point! Brandon officer may or may not have had blue lights on, did not have his siren on, and was reported to be on a burglary call. But, it was "never" reported that this officer was traveling at high speeds, with a 16 year old boy in his police cruiser at the time of the wreck. Oh, and since when was it ever proven the officer had his blue lights on? NEVER! There are witnesses who say differently, several in fact. If the dash-cam video would not have "DISAPPEARED", which was immediately taken to the Brandon Police Dept after it was seized(wink, wink), the public could see for themselves what happened that night. By the police withholding crucial evidence of the officers actions that night, by the MINOR disappearing soon after the wreck without being taken to a hospital, and by the disappearance of the DVR download, seems to all point to a police cover-up. The RSO, which was investigating this wreck, was sure quick to announce the teens BAC level and then they immediately closed this investigation. Wonder why they did not mention their own officers actions? Why was this officer never investigated, or do we need to even ask? How is it that the dash-cam was seized & taken to the BPD? Is this dept supposed to investigate their own officer or touch the evidence?
Concerned

Erin, TN

#20 Sep 1, 2009
THANK YOU, you seem to be hung-up on the teens BAC and condoning the actions of the police officer. An officer who was driving to a burglary call "with a minor on board" while driving 27mph OVER the speed limit and possibly faster. IT'S THIS SIMPLE, police officers should not have MINORS in their police vehicle while on ANY emergency call. The police tried to hide this info and have, more than likely, tampered with other evidence in this investigation.

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