Lauderhill cops were justified in shooting man 20 times, grand jury says
There are 2 comments on the South Florida Sun-Sentinel story from Jul 25, 2013, titled Lauderhill cops were justified in shooting man 20 times, grand jury says. In it, South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that:
Two years after four Lauderhill police officers fatally gunned down a knife-wielding 21-year-old schizophrenic man at his front door, a Broward County grand jury has cleared them of any wrongdoing.
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#1 Aug 22, 2013
No they were not justified, in my opinion!!
#2 Sep 13, 2013
I say, "Watch out Mr. Officers... The crazy man is going to fire his knife at you!!"
"Oh NO! He's 15 feet away! I've got an idea..." said the first coward cop. "Everyone fill him with lead!"
The 4 cops together, unloaded 41 bullets in six seconds, hitting Cedric Telasco 20 times.(Dead on the scene) I might add that a 50% strike ratio is nothing for the LHPD to brag about. Especially at a distance of 15 feet.
Classic case of police authority out of control. Stupidity was Revealed when the officers failed to step back and walk away from the man. How about calling someone who is more versed in this type of matter or situation? Perhaps a psychiatrist to talk the man down?
To top things off, Police Chief Andrew Smalling was quoted: "Nobody wants to take a life; that's our last resort." Ummm... NO, IT WASN'T!
Again, Police Chief Andrew Smalling:
"The officers gave the young man multiple opportunities to cease and desist. He was armed, and really, he gave the officers no choice."
The man had a kitchen knife. He may have just as well been wielding a pointy pencil. It's unbelievable how the chief covers for these 4 over zealous cops. It is then deemed an "OK KILLING" by the grand jury who concluded that the appearance of danger justified the use of deadly force, thereby clearing all 4 cops of any wrongdoing.
What the hell is this world coming to? Is there NO common sense in use anymore?? Maybe it's just not that common these days in the LHPD.
Here is a fresh, short link to the Sun Sentinel article, as of Sept 14, 2013 http://bit.ly/1aIOYrb
And the long link:
Lauderhill officers justified in shooting man 20 times, grand jury says - Sun Sentinel
I did not know this man nor do I usually comment on things like this; But this is SO outrageous that I had to get it off my chest! My condolences to the family and friends of Cedric Telasco. May he rest in peace AND justice be served to the family in you pending litigation.
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