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Richmond County deputies return to work after stun gun death

Tuesday, July 9, 2013 7:23 PM
Last updated 8:16 PM
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The three officers involved in the death of an Augusta man who was subdued with a stun gun have been cleared to return to work.

Richmond County sheriff’s deputies Matthew Sanderson, Prizette Presberry and Chadrick Scott have been taken off administrative leave after passing evaluations, Sgt. Michael McDaniel said.

“The GBI investigation is still ongoing at this point, but (the deputies) have passed their mental evaluations and have been allowed to return to work,” McDaniel said.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is looking into the June 29 death of George Kent Harvey, 39, of Wharton Drive.

Police said the officers were trying to apprehend Harvey at the Chevron Food Mart, 1501 Gordon Highway, when they used the weapon.

Deputy Coroner Kenneth Boose said last week that Harvey went into cardiac arrest after an officer tried to subdue him. He died at 10:47 p.m. at Georgia Regents Medical Center.

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office consulted with the GBI on allowing the deputies to return to work, McDaniel said. He said he didn’t know whether any of the deputies worked Tuesday.

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Pops
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Pops 07/09/13 - 07:29 pm
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Good

No need to make these guys feel that despite being under paid and over worked for doing a job that 99% of us law abiding citizens WOULD'NT do that somehow you did something wrong when a career feral criminal dies while resisting arrest.

dstewartsr
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dstewartsr 07/09/13 - 07:39 pm
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Sure. What the hell.

The three of them --that's three on one unarmed man- only killed a guy. Why would that set up any red flags? The Grossly Biased Ivestigations has their backs, after all. NO cop gets found guilty of squat by GBI. It's over.

Probably never hear about this in the paper again except one page under the indigent burial schedules.

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corgimom 07/09/13 - 07:53 pm
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Dstewartsr, no, the police

Dstewartsr, no, the police didn't kill him. That man killed himself with his terrible lifestyle, his drug use, his obesity, and fighting with the police. The stress, his age, his poor health, his inappropriate life choices and the drugs caught up to him. More drug users die of things like this than they do of overdoses, drug use destroys peoples' hearts. (Hint- think Randy Travis). He was a wallking, talking, heart attack waiting to happen.

Nobody told him to use drugs. Nobody told him to fight the police. He died because he made terrible choices for years and years, and it finally caught up to him and his luck ran out.

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Pops 07/09/13 - 08:08 pm
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Some people

are really out of touch.......

dstewartsr
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dstewartsr 07/09/13 - 10:26 pm
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Really?

A man is dead. Did I get that wrong? They've taken everything he has or will ever have. Was he in the running for a civics award? No. But since when is felony public drunkeness a street justice crime requiring execution?

It is that attitude; he's a bum, okay if they kill him, that enables the surge of the above the law and the citizenry storm trooper mentality that is taking over the country as police move from enforcing the law to make it up street justice style. Two decades ago if they had tried Rolling Thunder there would have been a lot of unemployable cops. Now, it's "accidently" --if it was that-- kill some perp and back to the cop shop for high-fives and beers with the GBI all around.

Don not believe for a second the boys in blue don't think all civilians are merely cattle to be controlled; they've evolved into an unaccountable occupying army and I suspect too far gone to be reined in by citizens. Too bad they can't see down the road and the lesson of what happens to occupiers.

Like Iraq.

Or Afghanistan.

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myfather15 07/10/13 - 05:50 am
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dstewartsr

First of all, you absolutely have no clue what you're talking about. The GBI had indicted many law enforcement officers for MANY crimes; from theft to murder!!

Second; in your infinate wisdom, please give us your exact plans on how you would replace the law enforcement structure we have! Remember, when mankind is involved, there will be failures!! Especially in departments where there are 500+ employees, there WILL be bad seeds, you just have to find them and get rid of them!! The article today on the GRU officer tasing the guy, MIGHT just be one of those. I hope (as a LE officer myself) they find out the truth and if this officer was over zealous, they FIRE him. We don't need people like that wearing the uniform!!

But your little tirade is ridiculous, in my opinion!!

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storiesihaveread 07/10/13 - 04:38 pm
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dstewartsr

You need to be in the shoes of a police officer for one week and see what they go through. My son is in law enforcement putting his life on the line everyday to protect and serve you and your family. The things he sees and does can make anybody not want to do the job. So unless you were a police officer at one point. You have no idea what you are talking about.

corgimom
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corgimom 07/10/13 - 08:16 pm
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dstewartsr, he wasn't

dstewartsr, he wasn't arrested for being drunk. He was high on drugs. His family said that he had been high on drugs for a long time.

And no, the attitude wasn't "he's a bum, kill him." Three officers couldn't subdue him, he was so high. He was so out of control, that even 3 trained officers couldn't handle him.

So what would you have the officers do? He was a danger to himself and others, he was not rational and standing at the side of the road, cursing at the cars. Should the officers had just left him at the side of the road, under the influence of drugs, to get hit by a car?

He was so high, that it took 4 Taser shocks to subdue him. Four, because he couldn't feel pain and he wasn't rational.

But since you have all the answers, and have never had to subdue a person under the influence of drugs, what should they have done?

Would you have been happier if they had pulled out their guns and shot him?

The officers did everything they could. They didn't just rush up to him and started Tasering him. They Tased him because they didn't want to shoot and kill him. But don't confuse you with the facts.

Your post isn't really about those 3 officers and that man; you are another one that has nothing good to say about the police, but if you are the victim of a crime or in an accident, you'd call 911 in a heartbeat.

"Occupiers". How bizarre.

Be sure that if you have a problem, or are in an accident, to handle it yourself and not bother those "occupiers".

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