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Officer hospitalized after traffic stop; Augustan arrested

Thursday, May 17, 2012 12:02 PM
Last updated Friday, May 18, 2012 1:14 AM
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An Augusta man is in jail after he assaulted a Richmond County officer, who had to be treated for a concussion, authorities said.

According to an incident report, Richmond County sheriff’s Cpl. Michael Dee Humphreys had stopped a Pontiac Grand Prix on Barton Chapel Road around 8:30 p.m. May 11 when the incident occurred.

The report said Humphreys noticed one of the passengers, Robert Wayne Richardson, acting suspiciously by digging into his pockets. Richardson, 31, of Dabney Drive, refused commands by the officer to stop.

After searching Richardson for weapons, Humphreys discovered a crack cocaine pipe.

When officers tried to put the suspect into a patrol car, police said, Richardson hit Humphreys in the head with his fist. During a struggle, the suspect continued to hit the officer until they fell to the ground.

Humphreys lost consciousness after his head hit the pavement.

An assisting deputy continued to struggle with the suspect until he was finally taken into custody.

Humphreys was taken to University Hospital, where he was treated for a black eye, a concussion and cuts to his head, elbow and knees. The assisting deputy, Kenneth McKenzie, also received cuts during the struggle and was hit in the chest by the suspect.

After his released from the hospital Wednesday, Richardson was booked into the Richmond County jail on charges of aggravated battery, possession of drug-related objects and obstruction of a law enforcement officer.

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HighSociety
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HighSociety 05/17/12 - 12:41 pm
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Hopefully this crackhead is

Hopefully this crackhead is sent away for a very long time. Glad to see the officer is recovering at home.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 05/17/12 - 12:42 pm
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^5 Austin. I completely

^5 Austin. I completely agree. I am often a critic of LE overzealousness; but if there was ever a case where deadly force could have been used, this is it.

Newsflash
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Newsflash 05/17/12 - 12:46 pm
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Thanks that the officers are

Thanks that the officers are safe ! Humphreys discovered a crack pipe and push rod. Not being a crack head i am curious as to what a push rod is ? And 10- 4 on Austin's comment I marvel at the self control of the other officers for not sending this crackhead animal to Grover Tuten's station wagon of no return. God Bless our Police .

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 05/17/12 - 01:00 pm
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Maybe the two were trying to

Maybe the two were trying to prevent another Zimmerman/Trayvon issue.

Cameron Poe
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Cameron Poe 05/17/12 - 01:14 pm
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Wish more stories like this

Wish more stories like this made it into the news cycle. These officers did it right, when they were given every opportunity to give in to emotion. But cooler heads prevailed and now this dirtbag criminal will not get off due to a technicality. Way to go Richmond County PD!

dichotomy
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dichotomy 05/17/12 - 02:19 pm
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I just hope none of them ever

I just hope none of them ever get killed trying to prevent another Zimmerman/Martin. I would not have hesitated to shoot Richardson, particularly if I was alone on the stop. We don't pay these deputies enough to be rolling around in the ditch wrestling with a punk that is stupid enough to attack an officer of the law. Anyone who is bold enough to punch an officer is bold enough to kill him if possible.....and consequently of no concern to me if they happen to be shot by the officer in the process.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 05/17/12 - 02:22 pm
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Who is in the photo?

Who is in the photo?

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 05/17/12 - 03:20 pm
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Tune Up

I guess between the incident location and the mug shot, Richardson got a tune-up. The neck brace is courtesy of Augusta citizens.

eagle
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eagle 05/17/12 - 03:39 pm
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What Austin said: DITTO!!!
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What Austin said: DITTO!!!

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 05/17/12 - 04:48 pm
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No picture befor, My rush to

No picture befor, My rush to judgement which is rare for me, caused a bad comment.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 05/17/12 - 04:50 pm
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I have to agree with some, a

I have to agree with some, a toe tag v neck brace would be more appropriate.

csraguy
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csraguy 05/17/12 - 04:52 pm
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Great Job to the two fine RCSO Deputies

The use of deadly force certainly would have been justified by the second officer after this criminal punched out the first deputy leaving him and his weapon exposed during a traffic stop. These officers used great restraint.

At the same time, this should serve as another reminder that proper funding of the RCSO is needed and every officer should have an additional non-lethal option on their side, that being a Tazer.

These officers deserve our appreciation, praise and respect for coming through this situation alive and removing a violent criminal from our streets whom I would bet has a lengthy past criminal record which the Augusta Chronicle also needs to publish.

Great Job RCSO, keep up the good work.

juantez
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juantez 05/17/12 - 05:14 pm
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Please tell me what in the
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Please tell me what in the H''' that's in this story that has anything to do with Zimmerman or Trayvon?
This is just a crack head that should of had his head cracked open..

specsta
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specsta 05/17/12 - 07:30 pm
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Deadly Force?

csraguy - I didn't read anywhere in this report that Richardson had a weapon, brandished a weapon, or took a weapon. It says the he had a crack pipe and a push rod. Why would deadly force be needed in a fistfight with a drug addict? That would not be proper protocol.

Cops are trained in techniques to subdue suspects physically, usually on a "force continuum" basis. Sometimes fights break out, and sometimes officers get banged up. It's part of the risks of their job. Cops are trained to meet similar force with similar force in order to subdue a suspect. Beyond that, it can be excessive. I would think that putting a bullet in Richardson's head for a fistfight would not have been justified.

The officers on the scene, evaluating the the situation, are the best judges to determine what sort of force was necessary.

Pu239
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Pu239 05/17/12 - 07:45 pm
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What is that excruciating
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What is that excruciating sucking sound?

JRC2024
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JRC2024 05/17/12 - 07:46 pm
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Would not bother me if this

Would not bother me if this person was not here anymore. Great job RCSO

csraguy
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csraguy 05/17/12 - 10:10 pm
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Clarification

Spectsa, I did not condone the use of deadly force but merely pointed out that it would in fact be justified in the use of force continuum during this situation. The full report may be read vs. the lesser version posted above. The second officer was in a fight for his life and the life of his partner. When hands on, pepper spray and an ASP baton will not bring the subject under control and/or you are fighting for your life, the use of your duty weapon to stop the altercation is certainly justified. However, that being said, another level should be added to the RCSO arsenal as they should have Tazers. The first deputy had already been knocked unconscious which further justifies the use of force.

I do agree 100% with your statement however that the cops on the scene are the ones who know when deadly force is warranted. However, had it been used, I can assure you that many others would second guess that decision because they have never had to deal with a crazed drugged out repeat offender trying to do whatever it takes to avoid arrest, including killing an officer. With one deputy unconscious and the possibility of it happening to the second deputy which would then allow for the suspect to have either deputies gun (yes, has happened plenty of times) the use of deadly force would be justified although second guessed by many.

Either way, these officers did a great job and should be commended for great restraint in properly affecting this arrest.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 05/18/12 - 07:35 am
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What we need to keep in mind

What we need to keep in mind (especially specsta) is that when officers are dealing with a combative individual normally alcohol or drugs are involved. Where drugs are concerned this can be a very dangerous situation for an officer so what we think is just a fist fight is sometimes a much serious situation.

Retired Army
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Retired Army 05/18/12 - 07:52 am
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First and foremost thank God

First and foremost thank God that our police officers were not more seriously injured in this altercation and no death occured.

I do not carry the bloodlust that some of our posters seem to and I have a feeling that the officers involved don't either. True and, as always, underpaid servants of our community.

But after reading this article, I have to ask this question. Is it possible that proper procedure was not followed by the arresting officer? It seems, by the story that the perpetrator was not handcuffed before placing him in the patrol car.

This in no way justifies or mitigates the actions of the suspect and I sincerly hope that, after due process, he is punished to the full extent of the law. But I have to wonder if this could have been prevented.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 05/18/12 - 07:58 am
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Great job

Great job Richmond county....:)

stillamazed
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stillamazed 05/18/12 - 08:18 am
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As usual some of you always

As usual some of you always want death for everything. What if your child was a passenger in a car after a night out partying and had drank to much, the police pull the car over and your child after drinking to much got smart and combative with the officer, do you think your child deserves to be shot and killed? No where in the article did it say the man had a weapon, if that were the case I would feel different but the police does not always have to have a shot to kill attitude and from reading this I don't think this would have warrented it.

stillamazed
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stillamazed 05/18/12 - 08:21 am
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I have always wondered also,

I have always wondered also, how can stores sell drug related items such as pipes, bongs, ets, but then it is illegal for a person to have one? That has never made any sense to me.

Jake
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Jake 05/18/12 - 11:32 am
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Bing Bong

I did not know it was illegal for a person to own a bong. I doubt that is correct because the stores that sell them would be shut down. And we all know that bongs are used only to take the harshness away from the "parsley" that is so fashionable to smoke now.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 05/18/12 - 01:47 pm
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stillamazed I'm

stillamazed I'm curious...

Just the other day you were very adamant about letting 4 young girls suffer the consequences of the law and punishment from the school for what started out as a high school prank but in this case, when you have obviously an intoxicated (alcohol or drugs) suspect highly combative with a law enfocement officer, you do not see the need for the officer to defend himself (if needed) with his weapon.

"As usual some of you always want death for everything. What if your child was a passenger in a car after a night out partying and had drank to much, the police pull the car over and your child after drinking to much got smart and combative with the officer, do you think your child deserves to be shot and killed?"

But two days ago.....
5/16/12 10:55am

They were charged with exactly what they should have been charged with and if this had happened at Josey instead of a CC school the ones who are saying different would be singing a different tune, they would be saying they deserve what they get, which is what I think these girls deserved. They caused thousands of dollars of damage to school property, it doesn't matter if anyone was hurt or not. Next time maybe they will think before doing such a thing but I bet they want.

csraguy
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csraguy 05/22/12 - 10:20 pm
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Same Scenerio / Different City - Happens Daily

Spectsa, this Officer was justified in using deadly force just as the above Deputy would have been justiied:

PHILADELPHIA 5/19 — A police officer was released from the hospital Saturday evening after being beaten with his own baton during what authorities called a "life-or-death struggle"; Saturday morning that ended with a robbery suspect wounded outside a busy shopping center in West Philadelphia.

"This was an absolute battle," said Lt. Ray Evers, a police spokesman, "and we are very lucky this officer was not killed."

About 10:30 a.m., the officer pulled up to investigate the report of an attempted robbery outside a restaurant near the Park West Town Center at North 52d and West Jefferson Streets. The uniformed officer was alone in a marked police cruiser, Evers said. Police did not release his name.

A man pointed to the tall, heavyset suspect, saying he tried to steal his backpack. Police did not release the suspect's identity Saturday.

When the officer approached, the suspect began striking and punching him, Evers said. The officer tried to defend himself with his expandable steel baton, Evers said, but dropped it while grappling with the suspect, who tried to pry his service weapon from its holster.

The suspect picked up the baton and began beating the officer, Evers said. During the struggle, the officer used his shoulder walkie-talkie to call for backup, witnesses said.

Emmanuel Griffin, 64, a cook at Park Side Breakfast & Lunch, described the suspect as about 6-foot-1 and 320 pounds — much larger than the police officer, he said.

The officer fired about seven shots at close range, Evers said, striking the assailant five or six times.

But the bullets barely slowed him down. Despite being shot, he kept attacking the officer, witnesses said.

"The guy went down, got back up, still strong enough to be wielding the nightstick at the cop," Griffin said, describing bullet wounds to the suspect's shoulder, chest, groin, and legs.

Police are investigating whether the suspect was under the influence of drugs, Evers said.

Officers responding to the distress call surrounded the suspect, still on his feet, and got him to lie down, Griffin said.

But he kept fighting.

"Police went over to handcuff him, and he jumped back up, elbowing and knocking policemen down," Griffin said. "They jumped on him again and got him cuffed."

The suspect, Evers said, was listed in critical condition.

Said Evers: "We escaped a tragedy today."

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