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Man swings at deputy, falls into cruiser

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 1:45 PM
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A man found with drugs in his possession was injured Monday night when he fell face-first into a police cruiser while trying to strike an officer, police said.

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Richmond County sher­iff’s Deputy Jacob Dorn was conducting a business check at Augusta Mart, 1713 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., about 11 p.m. Monday when he saw Donavan Tikare Geiger, 26, of Johnson Avenue, suddenly change directions to avoid him, according to reports.

Dorn patted down the suspect after he saw a bulge in his pocket and found cash and 4.5 grams of crack cocaine, the report said. Geiger tried to run but Dorn grabbed his coat and stopped him.

Geiger then tried to punch the deputy with his fist but lost his footing in the mud and fell, striking his face on the passenger side of the police cruiser, the report said. The impact left a large dent in the passenger door, the report said.

After being treated for injuries at the scene, Geiger was booked into the Richmond County jail on charges of obstruction of a law enforcement officer, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and interference with government property. He also had an active state bench warrant.

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rational thought trumps emotion
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rational thought trumps emotion 04/09/14 - 09:55 pm
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Qtinbell

Officers not only should stop and talk to persons who attempt to avoid them, that is part of their job. Persons who give flight or fail to dispel the officers suspicions through identification heighten ARS or Probable Cause. Articulable Reasonable Suspicion is easily justified in a known drug area or a business area such as this that has requested "business checks" due to suspicious persons. The suspect provides ARS by any actions where he attempts to avoid the police. The officer has the right based on ARS to conduct a frisk for officer safety and the bulge in his pocket provides him with even more reason to do so. As soon as he attempted to flee, he was interfering with a law enforcement officer conducting his official duties. The search is legal on many counts and clearly falls into the realm of ARS - probable cause is not needed for this frisk, to conduct a traffic stop and many others situations based on the area or actions of the individual; only ARS.

Based on this area being under a requested business watch, ARS is easily articulated especially when he attempted to avoid law enforcement and based on the circumstances, ARS was heightened. The bulge combined with ARS, certainly allows for the search. I believe in individual rights and expect all officers to follow them fully but much of what people "Think" is their right, is not based on our laws or our courts but their mere opinions.

(a) A person commits the offense of loitering or prowling when he is in a place at a time or in a manner not usual for law-abiding individuals under circumstances that warrant a justifiable and reasonable alarm or immediate concern for the safety of persons or property in the vicinity.

(b) Among the circumstances which may be considered in determining whether alarm is warranted is the fact that the person takes flight upon the appearance of a law enforcement officer, refuses to identify himself, or manifestly endeavors to conceal himself or any object. Unless flight by the person or other circumstances make it impracticable, a law enforcement officer shall, prior to any arrest for an offense under this Code section, afford the person an opportunity to dispel any alarm or immediate concern which would otherwise be warranted by requesting the person to identify himself and explain his presence and conduct.

charlie marlow
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charlie marlow 04/09/14 - 09:53 pm
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I am reminded of two quotes while reading these comments

“If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.”
― Samuel Adams

“They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
- Ben Franklin (Maybe)

charlie marlow
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charlie marlow 04/09/14 - 09:58 pm
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The loitering law should be changed

It's far too broad and provides an excuse for law enforcement to go on fishing expeditions where they'd have no other cause. However, the advice about refraining from speaking to the police applies in this scenario as well - identify yourself and explain why you are there with no more detail than absolutely needed.

rational thought trumps emotion
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rational thought trumps emotion 04/09/14 - 10:17 pm
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Charlie

You may be right in your assertion. However, most cops go "fishing" where they catch criminals in order to prevent crimes. No officer is going to stop this person to determine who he is and what he is doing without frisking him for officer safety. The suspect knew he was going to jail the moment the officer approached because that officer had a duty to identify the individual which of course would have turned up that he was a wanted person.

That being said, as the laws are written and applied at the current time, this officer did exactly what he is hired, trained and is suppose to do. This interaction is easily justified, the frisk is warranted and the search is covered by ARS. Frankly, I am glad we have officers such as this doing their best to prevent crimes instead of sitting around waiting on the next victim to dial 911. This officer did exactly what he is paid to do, did it well and is to be commended for getting a wanted criminal who is out dealing drugs off of our streets.

charlie marlow
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charlie marlow 04/10/14 - 10:57 am
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I don't think the focus should be on preventing crime

The function of law enforcement used to be to investigate crime and discover the perpetrators. Now, they try to, "prevent", crime, and that has led to a disturbing erosion in our civil liberties. I am not upset that this individual is facing charges. However, I am upset that he was detained in a manner similar to the, "Papers, please", Eastern Block stuff we used to make fun of in movies and shake our heads at how misguided those countries are and how bad the people living there have it when they have to constantly justify their movements and actions to the authorities.

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