Some recent police-related shootings ...

Some recent police-related shootings in Broward, Palm Beach cou...

There are 16 comments on the South Florida Sun-Sentinel story from Nov 9, 2007, titled Some recent police-related shootings in Broward, Palm Beach cou.... In it, South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that:

June 9, 2008: Bernard M. Devine, 55, who authorities say was holding a gasoline container and a cigarette lighter and threatening suicide is fatally shot by Seminole Tribe police in his mobile home near ...

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Sandy Beach

North Port, FL

#1 Jan 12, 2009
And the problem being???
Markey

Deerfield Beach, FL

#2 Jan 12, 2009
Now that's perspective. Way to go, Sun-Sentinel. Keep this box score handy. Maybe you could even break it down into armed and unarmed suspects. Then maybe get some comparisons to similar population and crime areas. I suspect these two counties lead the country in police shooting deaths.
hair club for men

United States

#3 Jan 12, 2009
boy these florida cops are on a roll killing people. screw the police
They call me Mr Tibbs

United States

#4 Jan 18, 2009
Way to go PBSO and BSO!

The "gangsta" bad guy thugs are way out of control and if they are not killing each other over drug stuff then the SOs and PDs are doing a great job by capping the rest of them.

The punk gangsta kid rapper crap is getting old. You say you want respect? Then earn it like everyone else - going to school, doing your homework, and believing in yourself.

I've been there, and I was smart enough to get out. I now have a life, unlike the dogs that sit in a prison cell attacking each other.

I personally sleep well at night knowing that my PD is protecting me and my family.

PS:(Gang Bangers)- Life is ALOT BETTER and EASIER doing the right things. Just a little discipline on yourself will bring you years and years of joy!

LEO

Port Saint Lucie, FL

#5 Jan 18, 2009
And, half as many Florida cops died in 2008 compared with 2007. Maybe its because the bad guys are getting shot first?
minor threat

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#6 Jan 18, 2009
9mm or 40 cal seems to be the cure for the common gangsta.
LEO wrote:
And, half as many Florida cops died in 2008 compared with 2007. Maybe its because the bad guys are getting shot first?
Lousy Police protocol

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#8 Jan 28, 2009
It seems like too many Broward and Palm Beach, Florida police and law enforcement officers are animal hunters not skilled professionals.
browneyedflalady

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#10 Feb 4, 2009
They call me Mr Tibbs wrote:
Way to go PBSO and BSO!
The "gangsta" bad guy thugs are way out of control and if they are not killing each other over drug stuff then the SOs and PDs are doing a great job by capping the rest of them.
The punk gangsta kid rapper crap is getting old. You say you want respect? Then earn it like everyone else - going to school, doing your homework, and believing in yourself.
I've been there, and I was smart enough to get out. I now have a life, unlike the dogs that sit in a prison cell attacking each other.
I personally sleep well at night knowing that my PD is protecting me and my family.
PS:(Gang Bangers)- Life is ALOT BETTER and EASIER doing the right things. Just a little discipline on yourself will bring you years and years of joy!
congrats on finding out what a wonderful person you can be and getting out and making something of yourself maybe you should talk to the schools and offer to go in and talk to these little gangbangers and maybe save one or two more from total distruction have a wonderful life
Rodney K ng

Hialeah, FL

#11 Mar 20, 2009
"Can't we all just getalong??????????
The Grand Jury

Hollywood, FL

#12 Mar 21, 2009
Grand juries need to find these cops GUILTY!!! who kill unarmed suspects. If you a re juror show some accountiblity to the rights of the deceased's family.

Cops on the loose again no better than the people they hunt down to kill. No excuse for shooting unarmed people. But of course carrying gun makes them feel invincible and justified to murder others unnecessarily. What happened to the Taser Concept? That has failed so they just go for gunshots and bullets.
Cit

West Palm Beach, FL

#14 Apr 8, 2009
The Grand Jury wrote:
Grand juries need to find these cops GUILTY!!! who kill unarmed suspects. If you a re juror show some accountiblity to the rights of the deceased's family.
Cops on the loose again no better than the people they hunt down to kill. No excuse for shooting unarmed people. But of course carrying gun makes them feel invincible and justified to murder others unnecessarily. What happened to the Taser Concept? That has failed so they just go for gunshots and bullets.
You know not of what you speak, go back to pencil pushing
Cit

West Palm Beach, FL

#15 Apr 8, 2009
A second Palm Springs police officer, responding to an officer-in-distress call, heard the gunshots. Officials say he shot at Cruz after Cruz pointed his gun at him.
overtaxed

Orlando, FL

#16 Apr 8, 2009
hair club for men wrote:
boy these florida cops are on a roll killing people.**** the police
Get real !!!
All these dirt baggs deserved to die. They were thugs. Re-read the article again.
Each cop should be given a MEDAL and promoted !!!
education

Culloden, GA

#17 Apr 8, 2009
Lousy Police protocol wrote:
It seems like too many Broward and Palm Beach, Florida police and law enforcement officers are animal hunters not skilled professionals.
You got the animal part right, thats what they are how should they be treated (sunsentinel lost count missing a whole bunch of them)
You sh t bag

Culloden, GA

#18 Apr 8, 2009
The Grand Jury wrote:
Grand juries need to find these cops GUILTY!!! who kill unarmed suspects. If you a re juror show some accountiblity to the rights of the deceased's family.
Cops on the loose again no better than the people they hunt down to kill. No excuse for shooting unarmed people. But of course carrying gun makes them feel invincible and justified to murder others unnecessarily. What happened to the Taser Concept? That has failed so they just go for gunshots and bullets.
You are stupid a weapon also can be a vehicle, knife, bat anyitem that could cause great bodily harm. A lone officer is trained to cover an armed bad guy with a gun not a taser first tasers dont work 100% of the time. If a second ofc gets there in time to tase great if not ? More with less right ? Convict a cop for a justified shoting you idiot! I guess the cops should stop doing their jobs and just hangout all day take 3 hrs to get to these listed calls you'll deal with your neighbor who has a gas can and lighter or a gun right ? p*ssy
His Daughter

Kailua Kona, HI

#22 May 29, 2014
First of all, it does seem that he has some criminal history. The article fails to mention he was in a mental health crisis because his wife of thirty years was divorcing him, and the hearing was that day.

A second problem that the article fails to mention is that he had mowed the lawn that morning and was out of gas, which his wife told the police. This was confirmed when Hazmat came and found no evidence of gasoline.

Excessive force by police is a huge problem. It should not be tolerated. Mr. Devine, my father, was an unarmed victim of a indian poli department that is untouchable for law suit.

If you have a family member with mental halth problems avoid tradegy and get them treatment.

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