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Augusta man shot, killed by cop in Adairsville

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 9:50 PM
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An Augusta man was killed Tuesday following an incident with a police officer in Adairsville.

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Charles Leon Johnson II, 29, was pulled over for a routine traffic stop when the Adairsville police officer realized he was wanted on a simple battery charge, according to a statement from Sherry Lang of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

As the officer tried to place Johnson under arrest, Johnson attempted to flee, dragging the officer along the road. The officer, whose name was not immediately provided, fired once and killed Johnson, the report said.

The incident occurred on Highway 140 at the northbound entrance to Interstate 75. The officer received medical attention, but his injuries did not require him to be hospitalized.

Adairsville Interim Police Chief Arnold Gillman requested the GBI investigate the incident. When the investigation is complete, it will be turned over to the district attorney for review.

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csraguy
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csraguy 07/24/14 - 04:31 am
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Typical Media Writing....

Even the Augusta Chronicle uses misleading headlines, inaccurate wording and OFTEN does so in law enforcement articles such as this.

Augusta Man Shot, Killed by Cop in Adairsville SHOULD READ Man dies while attempting to drag officer down roadway.

Pulled over for a routine traffic stop....There is NO SUCH THING as ALL traffic stops should place officers on High Alert as they are often involved in fights, shootings, etc. at traffic stops which are highly dangerous.

Wanted Suspect, attempts to Kill a Police Officer and is killed in the process.

myfather15
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myfather15 07/24/14 - 05:41 am
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csraguy

I agree, poor judgment on the misleading title; but not surprising.

Pops
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Pops 07/24/14 - 06:14 am
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Prediction......

The family is going to want "answers"......they will not be happy with the outcome of the GBI investigation......there will be threats of a lawsuit......
"the police had no right to shoot him"....."he was a good man"...."he was just turning his life around"........

nocnoc
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nocnoc 07/24/14 - 08:18 am
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Adairsville

Having traveled thru Adairsville area a lot heading to the Rafting areas with the older kids.

I have spoken with a few LEO's in the area.
Some were pretty Type A in Type B situation.

I hope the GBI rules it a good shoot.

corgimom
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corgimom 07/24/14 - 08:33 am
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The headline isn't

The headline isn't misleading, it's absolutely true.

And fortunately, the officer didn't need to be hospitalized.

You resist arrest and drag an officer, yes, you WILL be shot.

He brought it on himself.

corgimom
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corgimom 07/24/14 - 08:49 am
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Pops, you forgot "He didn't

Pops, you forgot "He didn't deserve to DIE" and "Only God has the right to judge".

foxsilong
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foxsilong 07/24/14 - 08:56 am
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headline has a limited amount of words

Because newspaper headlines are limited by the space available on the printed page, word choice and clarity are crucial.

It is important that the headline conveys the main thrust of the article. Anytime when someone was shot, the word "shot" will be in the headline. I can grantee you that.
People will want to know why the man was shot. The reason why the man is shot will be explained in the story. And that's what makes an news article to have a hook for readership.

jimmymac
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jimmymac 07/24/14 - 09:25 am
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CORGI
Unpublished

You're spot on with both your comments.

hoptoad
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hoptoad 07/24/14 - 09:58 am
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Journalists learn how to grab

Journalists learn how to grab attention to the article they write, but I must agree that some are a little misleading. This does not seem necessarily misleading to me, but it certainly does grab the reader's attention.

Many years ago, the average citizen had respect for the law man and usually did not put him/her or themselves in a position to be harmed. Now the criminals or would-be criminals have no respect for the law. Something many of them learn growing up with a parent who has skirted the law.

JRC2024
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JRC2024 07/24/14 - 10:48 am
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Boo Hoo, He got what he

Boo Hoo, He got what he deserved. He could have killed the officer. Better the criminal killed.

v4vendetta
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v4vendetta 07/24/14 - 01:02 pm
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who's seen the video?

a lot of judgements, a lot of bias..... indeed the chronicle story contains less info than the other outlets....but, if the police officer was holding on to the car, while the car is driving off, is it that the driver is dragging the officer or the officer holding on like a rabid dog.... we don't know the story, haven't seen the video....we don't know what the interaction was like....we don't know what it is to be oppressed and pulled over via racial profiling, and talked to intimidatingly by an officer...sometimes the instinct for flight is a gut instinct that something bad is going to happen....and so it did...

fleeing the scene is a punishable and bad crime, but not worthy of being shot dead.

Pops
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Pops 07/24/14 - 04:40 pm
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"don't know the story, haven't seen the video...."

Not gonna stop you from coming down on the side of a perp.....

It's a madhouse.....

corgimom
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corgimom 07/24/14 - 06:59 pm
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He wasn't oppressed when he

He wasn't oppressed when he got a warrant put on him for simple battery, and that's why the officer tried to arrest him. It's called "following the law".

I've gotten stopped before by an officer, and it wasn't because of racial profiling, it was because I was speeding. Once it was deliberate, once it wasn't true, and I got that one dismissed, and once it was true, but I didn't do it intentionally. And of the two that I got, I paid them, and I didn't go around whining about how I was racially profiled or oppressed. I did exactly what they gave me the ticket for.

How anybody can take up for somebody that resisted arrest and tried to injure a police officer is beyond me.

I lived among the "oppressed", and everybody that got arrested did just what they were accused of doing, and usually worse.

Oppressed, my foot.

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