Officer says he was assaulted by suspect

Wednesday, April 20, 2011 11:53 AM
Last updated Thursday, April 21, 2011 12:38 AM
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A 28-year-old man has been charged with assaulting a police officer.

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Forace Raheem Brown, also known as "Crunk," was first seen Monday by an investigator making a hand-to-hand transaction with another man, later identified as 29-year-old Thomas Branson, along Luckey Street, the Richmond County Sheriff's Office said.

According to a police account of the incident: When the investigator approached, the two suspects complied by handing over their identification and putting their hands onto the vehicle.

While the investigator frisked Brown, the suspect reached into his waistband and pulled out a handgun, police said. Brown waved the gun for a few seconds before tossing it at the other suspect. Brown hit the investigator in the face before running toward Cherry Tree apartments.

Brown was caught and charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, obstruction of a law enforcement officer and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

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lifelongresident
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lifelongresident 04/20/11 - 12:20 pm
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cherry tree "apartment complex" ?!?!?!?!?!?! correction: IT IS A GOVERNMENT HOUSING PROJECT !!!!!!!!!!!!!....convicted felonh huh....let's see: 1 cnt burglary-yr 2000/1 cnt theft-yr 2000/2 sepreate cnts agg assault....well, well and he's walking the street....all law-abiding citizens give a hand to the criminal justice system, but (sincerely now) thank the good lord the deputy was not hurt or killed because the the criminal justice system is broken...i bet he used the "i came from a broken home" defense

realitycheck09
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realitycheck09 04/20/11 - 12:33 pm
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I'm glad the deputy wasn't

I'm glad the deputy wasn't hurt, but - based on the police report - its possible he was resisting an illegal search and seizure.

I know that may sound crazy to some of you, but police don't have the right to pat someone down just because they see a "hand-to-hand transaction." Without more, he actually may have been within his rights. Seriously.

emergencyfan
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emergencyfan 04/20/11 - 12:54 pm
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Seriously? Someone needs a

Seriously? Someone needs a realitycheck.

If he's a convicted felon than it was certainly not in his right to carry a hand gun.

It was also not his right to assault someone.

It may have been an illegal search and seizure. I don't know. But if so, that would be handled through the courts, not by waving a gun and punching a cop in the face.

Sweet son
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Sweet son 04/20/11 - 12:55 pm
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Some of you police types need

Some of you police types need to get in here and give REALITYCHECK09 a reality check. I am sure that an epistle can be written here supporting the police officers actions.

It is a wonder that Mr. Brown is not dead!

BamaFanNGa
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BamaFanNGa 04/20/11 - 01:07 pm
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"I know that may sound crazy

"I know that may sound crazy to some of you, but police don't have the right to pat someone down just because they see a "hand-to-hand transaction." Without more, he actually may have been within his rights. Seriously."

realitycheck09 Get your facts straight. I read that the Police Officer had probable cause to stop both subjects based on their actions (hand to hand transaction) while being in a known drug area (Luckey St.). The subjects were "frisked" i.e. given a pat down check of their outer clothing for the safety of the officer and themselves. During this "frisk" Brown produced a weapon and was later apprehended and charged. From what was reported, everything was done by the book.

Thank God that the officer's involved all made it out of the situation safely.

onlysane1left
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onlysane1left 04/20/11 - 02:21 pm
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Not to race bait, but why is

Not to race bait, but why is it when a black face is shown, there are 30 comments on everything wrong with their culture, but there rarely ever any comments when another race commits a crime? Just asking......

Sweet son
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Sweet son 04/20/11 - 02:58 pm
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Bama, you responded just like

Bama, you responded just like I wanted someone to do! None of us were there and I am sure that the officer was conducting the search for safety reasons.

onlysane, I have written three comments and each time erased them. You don't deserve a comment.

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REDRIDER 04/20/11 - 03:07 pm
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The man in custody is lucky

The man in custody is lucky he did not get shot pulling a gun on an officer.

Patty-P
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Patty-P 04/20/11 - 03:44 pm
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onlysane1left...you have a

onlysane1left...you have a point.

airbud7
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airbud7 04/20/11 - 09:00 pm
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Culture?

Culture?

Crime Reports and Rewards TV
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Crime Reports and Rewards TV 04/20/11 - 11:13 pm
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"Not to race bait, but why is

"Not to race bait, but why is it when a black face is shown, there are 30 comments on everything wrong with their culture, but there rarely ever any comments when another race commits a crime?"

What other similar Augusta crime face can you post? ha haha

Patty does not believe the negative self images for African Americans in public schools is the CAUSE & EFFECT of much of this, i think it is, what say ye?

dental14
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dental14 04/20/11 - 11:14 pm
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Crime Reports, it seems that

Crime Reports, it seems that every post you make is about the public schools and how they are responsible for all the crime by teaching evolution in the classroom. I hate to burst your bubble, but its the families of these people that lead to the crime. Most, if not all, teachers do everything in their power to get through to kids, but it is to no avail because that message is not reinforced at home. Evolution and religion, for that matter, has nothing to do with it. Parents should be teaching children to be respectful, productive members of society, regardless of religious views.

Crime Reports and Rewards TV
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Crime Reports and Rewards TV 04/20/11 - 11:17 pm
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"onlysane, I have written

"onlysane, I have written three comments and each time erased them. You don't deserve a comment."

How would we act if we couldn't all sit down every morning and go over our abuse warnings? hahahah

Crime Reports and Rewards TV
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Crime Reports and Rewards TV 04/21/11 - 12:11 am
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Dental; I know some fantastic

Dental;
I know some fantastic teachers that deserve combat pay. They suffer great consequences from rowdy kids and surly parents created by the evolution religion.

If we are all about to go through some bad times wouldn't it be better if we love along life’s path like Jesus said instead of being separated by LIES like "race"?
There is only ONE RACE, and that is the HUMAN RACE.

Let’s start acting like brother and sister because Real Science has proven the progenitor of all mankind (The original egg that all DNA is traced to) was around about 6.000 yrs ago. T-Rex meat with red blood cells still present wrapped up the fact that dinosaurs haven’t been dead as long as some thought either.

http://www.detectingdesign.com/fossilizeddna.html

Evolution simply has never had enough time to work even if it did. Adaptation is observed but Molecules to man never happened. The negative is that "long ages" and the ape like creature SELF IMAGE have tricked some kids into acting like ape like ancestors, which is the self image they are taught in public school.

We could reduce crime substantially just by getting away from the debunked evolution religion and getting back to scientific method directly observable science. We would boom in a good way within months everybody that wanted to work would have a job. This could make a giant difference in crime.

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Asitisinaug 04/21/11 - 12:59 am
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1. RealityCheck09, you need

1. RealityCheck09, you need a reality check - The police were within their legal rights to check for weapons, including a pat down based on their observations and their need to interact with the suspects. They would need probable cause to go further depending on what was found in the initial brief encounter and pat down. That being said, their are legal means to address any situation and pulling a gun on an officer is certainly not included with the options.

2. These suspects were in a known drug area, and the courts have repeatdly ruled in favor of officers using additional measures to stop crime and provide for officer safety.

3. He is lucky the officer did not draw, shoot and kill him their on the spot which would have been within his rights and authority to do so.

4. Why is this convicted felon OUT walking our streets to begin with. And, now that he has assaulted a police officer and was carrying a gun near government housing, etc. will our judicial system WAKE UP and take notice and put him behind bars for the remainder of his natural life as he should be.

5. Will the citizens of Cherry Tree please come out and march and do a parade for the officer using great restraint in not shooting this repeat violent offender and for removing him from their neighborhood? We know they would march if the officer had drawn and fired his weapon and they would (as they have in the past) supported a known criminal so why not support the great actions of this police officer?

6. Will any of the minsters in the area who are always stepping forward when an officer fires his weapon step forward now and show support for this officer and demand the courts keep this criminal thug behind bars?

7. When will the laws change to ensure that if persons are going to live in or be around government housing and live off of the government dole that they can not have a criminal record and must be drug free?

Great job to the deputy and deputies - Thank God each of you are alive and are able to continue to properly serve the public.

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depdog1002002 04/21/11 - 02:52 am
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Like everyone else has said.

Like everyone else has said. If a police officer believes a crime has occured, they can detain someone for a reasonable amount of time to determine if a crime has occured. During that time a "terry frisk", which is a non-intrusive patdown for the discovery of weapons, is performed. During this investigatory period, miranda warning does not have to be read during questioning because the individuals are not under arrest. More and more officers are getting killed and I read about it so much because liberals want more freedom to criminals. They say police are oppressive, which I hate to tell you are far far from oppresive. The only people who are complaining about this are the people who are doing wrong. If I look out of place, stop me, ask me questions. Im not going to lie or get mad because I have no reason to cause I have done nothing wrong. We should make examples of these criminals and I assure you the crime rate will fall. Yeah there are some bad apples out in law enforcement and they all cant be prevented but thats where a complaint process is in place for and I assure you. If you complain to one of the local agencies, I guarantee that it will be looked in to and the truth will be revealed. Agencies like to CYA when it comes to officer wrong doing so if the officer is wrong, it will be taken care of.

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Patty-P 04/21/11 - 08:20 am
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dani 04/21/11 - 10:41 am
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true2self 04/21/11 - 10:44 am
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I am just very thankful this

I am just very thankful this officer got to go home last night. He was doing his job and had every right to do what he did. I get so tired of reading people's comments about race and about how the police officer was in the wrong and how the police officer was violating this persons rights.This situation could have been alot worse. We could be reading about a deputy getting killed because some useless non productive member of society decided to pull the trigger.
My heart sinks everytime I read an article about a deputy nearly escaping being shot or killed. My husband (who is a deputy) works everyday trying to get rid of the riff raff. I am just very thankful this deputies family did not have to receive a phone call last night saying they had lost their loved one because of this "great piece of fine society". Keep up the good work RCSO!

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AutumnLeaves 04/21/11 - 09:35 pm
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Is there any part of Richmond

Is there any part of Richmond County that is NOT a known drug area?

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dental14 04/22/11 - 06:53 am
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Crime Reports, you obviously

Crime Reports, you obviously know nothing about science. To say that "Real Science has proven..." shows just that. The true science of which I speak is fluid and us scientist do not use the term "proven" because that assumes entirely too much. We can only state theories which are then tested ad nauseum, but never "proven". As for your site that you referenced, the name of the site is detecting design, which seems right up your alley--nothing more than a propaganda website. It is neither evidence based, nor peer-reviewed and can say whatever it pleases. True scientists would dismiss it for what it is--garbage. As for the 6,000 year old claim, look at carbon-14 dating and soil layer analysis. Those are testable, logic-based and repeatable, ergo, scientific. Evolution is happening right before our eyes, look at bacteria and bottle-neck population genetics of certain species. Darwin never published his theory of evolution as an attack on the Church, it was merely a way to describe the phenotypic changes he saw in species over time. The Church saw this as an affront to their Creation fairy tale and it threatened to burn their little playhouse down, so they did what they do best and slandered him and brainwashed their masses. Lastly, being the "scientist" that you are, I would like to see a psychology citation for your "ape self image" claim because I am calling B.S. on that one until shown otherwise.

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