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Man accused of causing Georgia Regents University public safety officer to shock himself

Tuesday, July 9, 2013 11:09 PM
Last updated Wednesday, July 10, 2013 9:44 AM
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The courtroom filled with screams Tuesday as jurors listened to recordings of what happened the night a Georgia Regents University police officer stopped Fredrick L. Gibbons on Wrightsboro Road.

According to the indictment returned nearly one year after the March 1, 2012, traffic stop, Gibbons was charged with felony obstruction. He is accused of causing Public Safety Officer Wesley Martin to shock himself with a stun gun.

Gibbons, 38, has pleaded not guilty in Richmond County Superior Court to a charge of obstruction of an officer. His trial continues today.

On the tapes played Tuesday, Gibbons screams in pain after Martin reaches through Gibbons’ driver’s side window and repeatedly zaps Gibbons with the stun gun while screaming at him to “open the door.”

Martin and other GRU officers who testified Tuesday said they were trained to use the stun gun but it wasn’t working on Gibbons because he wouldn’t open the car door. Martin denied knowing that the stun gun incapacitates a target so that he cannot control his limbs.

Martin said Gibbons rolled up the car window, trapping Martin’s hand and causing him to shock himself.

Martin testified he didn’t recognize Gibbons until he walked up to the vehicle.

Eighteen months earlier, Martin had pulled over Gibbons driving an unregistered vehicle. The charge was dismissed because Gibbons, a used car dealer, had a valid dealer’s paper tag. Gibbons filed a formal complaint against Martin.

Martin told the jury Tues­day that he pulled Gibbons over March 1, 2012, because there was no tag on the vehicle. But defense attorney Victor Hawk played a tape recording Tuesday during which the dispatch operator is told the Lincoln has a paper tag.

The director of the tax commissioner’s license tags division testified that it is legal for a person to drive on a dealer’s paper tag.

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Sweet son
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Sweet son 07/10/13 - 10:59 am
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Jurisdiction:

Lands under the control of the Board of Regents and 500 yards in any direction. If you consider the Summerville Campus, the President's residence and the downtown campus then jurisdiction would most likely extend from one campus to the other.

thauch12
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thauch12 07/10/13 - 11:01 am
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myfather I think YOU should

myfather I think YOU should CONSIDER changing YOUR name TO red HERRING because THAT seems TO be YOUR only RHETORICAL technique.

IN choosing TO ignore THE first HALF of MY statement ("I won't go so far as to say this speaks for all cops") AND using A series OF irrelevant EXAMPLES taken TO the EXTREME, you OVERLOOK the SIMPLE notion THAT one BAD apple CAN taint THE batch (LET me SPELL this ONE out FOR you SO you HAVE nothing TO misconstrue: ONE rogue WILL make PEOPLE question THE actions OF others IN the ORGANIZATION simply BECAUSE they HAVE been GIVEN a REASON to DOUBT).

much LIKE how THE actions OF a SELECT few PRIESTS in THE Catholic CHURCH shed DOUBT and FEAR for MANY in THE entire PRIESTHOOD or HOW medical MALPRACTICE at THE hands OF a FEW doctors RAISES premiums/SHEDS doubt ON all PHYSICIANS, the ACTIONS of THIS one COP do THE same FOR your PROFESSION. it IS a SIMPLE concept REALLY.

myfather15
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myfather15 07/10/13 - 11:18 am
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For you, maybe; but not to people with common sense!!

When the Catholic Priest scandal was going on, I NEVER thought all of them were invovled!! That is an absurd thought!!

If one doctor screws up and kills someone, I don't go to my next doctors appointment thinking he is going to kill me; that is absurd!!

Also, I didn't ignore the first half of your comment!! Your comment contradicts itself!! How do you say "I won't go so far as to say this speaks for all cops" Then in the very same comment you say this "but this certainly looks bad on the part of the law enforcement community in general."

If you're saying this looks bad on law enforcement IN GENERAL, they you ARE saying this speaks for all cops! Seriously, what kind of rational logic do you implement?

justthefacts
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justthefacts 07/10/13 - 11:19 am
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Yes

"ONE rogue WILL make PEOPLE question". Those "PEOPLE" are the narrow minded ones myfather spoke of.

bdouglas
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bdouglas 07/10/13 - 12:30 pm
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I find THIS style OF reply

I find THIS style OF reply VERY annoying AND, in FACT, don't EVEN bother READING when I see THIS type OF obnoxious BEHAVIOR.

myfather15
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myfather15 07/10/13 - 01:03 pm
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Well, I'm sorry bdouglas;

I use caps on certain words to bring emphasis to that particular word in the sentence. But make an attempt to not go so far with the caps. I'm pretty sure his/her use was an attempt to demean or belittle me for my use of caps.

mrenee2003
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mrenee2003 07/10/13 - 01:55 pm
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Blame the INDIVIDUAL, not the group!!!

Well said myfather15; that goes for race as well, eh?

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 07/10/13 - 02:05 pm
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A

no common sense, brain dead, uneducated, a hugging loving beyond a reasonable doubt relationship of the King SMNCICBHO(M), the Hammer & Sickle man will do or say anything. (An they walk among us)

nocnoc
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nocnoc 07/10/13 - 03:13 pm
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myfather15

Thanks for the additional info.
I have been training tasered, but never tapped.

cops140
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cops140 07/10/13 - 03:34 pm
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You all amaze me...

You people know absolutely nothing of the actual incident but what the chronicle has told you (rather poorly I might add) and you have already passed judgment and sentenced the officer. The chronicle has gotten exactly what they wanted out of all of you. EVERYONE knows its a TASER, not a stun gun but they write it up as such, and "zapping"? Really??? I am guessing there is much much more to this case then what is written here and will probably come out in court, so stop persecuting a police officer for something that you have no knowledge of actual facts on a case that happened where you weren't there! GRU Police has the same arrest powers as any other law enforcement agency in the state of Georgia. They are trained and fully deputized through Richmond County. They can and do have the right to pull over vehicles for any moving, or vehicle safety infractions. Again, get your facts straight before you get your high and mighty on and think you are better then everyone else. Let the TRUE facts of a case come out first, learn about something before you speak publicly and then come out with an educated question or response. This entire comments area is ridiculous and I doubt the chronicle will publish this but if they do grow up people.... And no I will not respond to anyone if they feel the need to comment on my comment. This is not a debate its a comment.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 07/10/13 - 03:42 pm
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Job Opening

From the Associated Press:

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Dr. Raymond Greenberg announced Wednesday that he is leaving the Medical University of South Carolina after 13 years as president to become executive vice chancellor for Health Affairs in the University of Texas System.

Is there any hope that Dr. Azziz will apply for the job? Charleston is a nice place.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 07/10/13 - 03:46 pm
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Rights

cops140 wrote:

GRU Police has the same arrest powers as any other law enforcement agency in the state of Georgia. They are trained and fully deputized through Richmond County. They can and do have the right to pull over vehicles for any moving, or vehicle safety infractions.

Yes, of course they have the right (i.e., authority) to pull the general public riding through the Grooo campus with tail light or license tag issues over and detain them. But such actions go against the mission of a campus police force. It just seems improper to me. Try to help the students and faculty and patients. Don't harass the public who are just trying to get somewhere.

Deacallion
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Deacallion 07/10/13 - 06:26 pm
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A different perspective

I agree that this article was written poorly. There are some comments though that I believe are quite unfair. I think that many of the people who have commented on here would be unable to do the job that police officers, no matter what jurisdiction or agency, do on a daily basis. The fact that Officer Martin is employed with GRU should not take away from him being a State certified peace officer. And the problem is that the general public has no clue as to what the GRU officers do. There are so many times that they've helped out the community and other police departments get the credit. For example, the man who assaulted the homeless guy at the Salvation Army shelter? Yep, GRU officers caught him and he was turned over to the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 07/10/13 - 08:29 pm
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Common Sense

If citizens driving through Grooo (either Frog Hollow campus or Arsenal campus) run stop signs, run red lights, speed, disobey pedestrian crosswalks, etc.; then they are endangering people and Grooo police should detain them. But if they have a paper license tag instead of a metal plate; if they have dark window tinting; if they have a burned-out brake light; if their license tag is expired - - - then I would expect Grooo police to radio the information including vehicle description and tag number to RCSO and let them handle the non-threatening violations.

fedex227
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fedex227 07/10/13 - 08:42 pm
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"Martin said Gibbons rolled up the car window, trapping
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Martin's hand and causing him to shock himself."

Don't mean to make light of the story but ... how is this possible? I think if this happened to me it would cause me to drop my taser. He must have reeaaallly liked that taser. The visual is pretty funny you'll have to admit.

dizzy dictator
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dizzy dictator 07/10/13 - 08:42 pm
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The video of this stop can be

The video of this stop can be found on Jail Report site under "recent posts by others." I won't comment any further because I know it will be pulled.

myfather15
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myfather15 07/11/13 - 04:51 am
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I will try one last time to apply rational logic with you

Ok, since individual cops make up the law enforcement community; I'm not exactly sure how you seperate the two in the same sentence. When you say it makes the PROFESSION look bad, and this is my profession; you are saying, by proxy, I look bad. I might not wear the exact same uniform as Officer Martin, but since it makes the profession look bad, whenever I wear a uniform period; I look bad because of his actions!!

This is what I'm saying is so ridiculous!! Because some financial advisor cheats people out of money, do you now then distrust every man or woman wearing a three piece suit?

People have got to utilize common sense and realize you can't lump and entire profession in with the actions of ONE MAN!!! The fact that you are saying this, indicates this is exactly what your doing!! I AM NOT Officer Martin!! I do NOT do the things other officers do and the VAST MAJORITY of deputies and officers ARE honorable men and women!!

bdouglas
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bdouglas 07/11/13 - 07:49 am
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@myfather

I'm a little late in my followup, but I wasn't referring to your post in my sarcastic reply. Emphasis on words is fine, but the extent that the poster trying to mock you did it was just plain obnoxious.

thauch12
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thauch12 07/11/13 - 03:51 pm
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I will try one last time to apply rational logic with you

Again, you choose to twist words and take examples to an extreme to suit your agenda...hardly any surprise there.
I could try to explain to you that I never advocated anything so extreme as "distrust[ing]" every financial advisor or cop, merely that the actions of a few bad apples make you THINK TWICE when you deal with others. But I think explaining such "irrational" logic to people like you is pretty much pointless...

Adam Bomb
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Adam Bomb 07/19/13 - 05:46 am
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Got stopped again.

Been about a week. Yesterday on 15th street at Central Avenue an SUV went through on the yellow. An MCG cop was behind ME. He put his blue lights on. I thought he was going to go after the SUV. When the light turned green I started moving. He then hit his siren. He was stopping ME. The SUV continued north and disappeared while I pulled into a driveway and stopped. This wet behind the ears MCG cop then proceeded to dress me down for getting in his way and not pulling over. I have no patience for idiots so I meekly said sorry and asked him what about the SUV. Of course he said "what SUV". I knew then I had been beaten so I just clammed up. Sheriff Rountree, your guys are far more professional and less threatening. Please get these guys back onto the campus where they are needed. 15th street is already a pain and these guys preying on people just make things worse. I will run a video from now on in that area.

studmuffin1533
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studmuffin1533 09/25/13 - 06:09 am
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Dr. Azziz gots some 'splaining to do

Whether it is wasting millions of taxpayer dollars on an unnecessary and unwanted name change or hiring thugs to carry guns, the PPH (Poor People's Hospital) continues to embarrass itself.

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