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Videotape to be admitted in trial of man accused of shooting tr...

There are 3 comments on the Kansas City Star story from Oct 22, 2007, titled Videotape to be admitted in trial of man accused of shooting tr.... In it, Kansas City Star reports that:

A man accused of shooting a Missouri Highway Patrol trooper asked a judge Friday to toss out evidence that included a videotaped statement.

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#1 Apr 1, 2008
Highway Patrol Officer Brandon Brashear was shot and almost died, May 28, 2005. The trial starts this week. We have been informed that per the Judge in the case, no uniformed officers will be allowed in the court room. The reason given was that the uniformed officers "intimidate" the defendant, Mr. Tommy Rollins.
Rollins was not intimidated when he shot Officer Brashear over and over again. Rollins was not intimidated when he left Officer Brashear bleeding to death in a ditch at the side of the road.
This ruling prohibits Officer Brashear from having the support of his fellow Officers, friends, life savers, and his uniformed family from being in the court room. Those officers who happen to be off of work can be there for support. But those that have to work will be excluded.
This uniform is a thing of honor, not a gang color, not an item of disrespect, it is respected and Rollins had no respect for it or the life of a Police Officer when he attempted to murder Officer Brashear.
We see this no different than if the family members of a rape victim or the family of a murder victim was not allowed to enter the court room because of their attire.
We all support Officer Brashear but will not be allowed to be there due to the fact that we are Police Officers and we wear this uniform.
Rollins family will be allowed to enter the court room. The public needs to know that Officers are not being allowed to show there suppport due to the uniform that they wear.

Kansas City, KS

#2 Apr 4, 2008
So no UNIFORMED officers are allowed in the court room? So is it the uniform that is stopping you from 'supporting' a fellow officer? If you are a supporter, go anyway, WITHOUT wearing your uniform that is " a thing of honor, not a gang color, not an item of disrespect" as you stated. People will know you are there to support him on the side that you sit.

“Only here for 75 or so years.”

Since: Feb 08

Grover Beach CA.

#3 May 8, 2008
Criminals will always have more rights than victims.

That is truly a shame.

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