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Richmond County deputies not asked to be more vigilant at theaters

Friday, July 20, 2012 2:09 PM
Last updated Saturday, July 21, 2012 12:25 AM
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Richmond County sheriff’s Lt. Larry Overstreet said Friday that deputies will be working regular assignments at theaters this weekend, but the department has not been asked to increase security after the deadly shooting in Colorado.

The Richmond County Sheriff's Office has not been asked to increase security at local movie theaters.   STEPHEN N. DETHRAGE/STAFF
STEPHEN N. DETHRAGE/STAFF
The Richmond County Sheriff's Office has not been asked to increase security at local movie theaters.

“I haven’t gotten any additional calls (asking for more officers),” said Overstreet, who manages special-duty assignments for deputies.

The sheriff’s office has one officer assigned to a special-duty slot at Augusta Exchange Regal 20 and at Mas­ters Cinema 7 on Wash­ing­ton Road every day.

Other officers working special assignments at restaurants, bars and shopping centers surrounding both theaters could respond quickly if needed, Overstreet said.

Area families called the Colorado shooting an isolated incident and said they were comfortable with the level of security currently assigned to local theaters..

The Mauldins, a family of six seeing the movie Friday night at Augusta Exchange Regal 20, said the shooting didn’t change the way they felt about the film or their desire to go see it.

They said the violence in Colorado was a random act carried out by a man determined to do harm, not a result of the film or its contents.

Other families at the theater declined to comment, saying they did not want to mix the pleasure of a night at the movie with discussing the politics of the shooting or the safety of Augusta.

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eb97
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eb97 07/21/12 - 09:10 am
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We have a guy that lives

We have a guy that lives across the street from us that we have had arrested for his bizarre behavior and his physical attack on my family. He is also very quiet and keeps to himself and has no friends that come to his home where he lives alone. His behavior scares us so much that we are trying to move because no one will take his actions seriously from the justice department. He is also 24 and looks very much like the shooter at the theater. My fear is that he will come out of his home with guns blazing and take as many of his neighbors out as he can.

eb97
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eb97 07/21/12 - 09:13 am
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The reason I mentioned his

The reason I mentioned his appearance is because so you can see he looks like anyone else but it is his behavior that needs to be looked at before he does something as bad as the shooter at the theater.

rational thought trumps emotion
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rational thought trumps emotion 07/21/12 - 09:19 am
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eb97

This is often the case - the warning signs are there but our politically correct society does not allow anything to be looked into.

Piperpig
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Piperpig 07/21/12 - 10:54 am
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Justice Department? Really?

Justice Department? Really?

eb97
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eb97 07/21/12 - 05:30 pm
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Yes, really!

Yes, really!

corgimom
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corgimom 07/21/12 - 09:27 pm
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You can't have somebody

You can't have somebody arrested for what you think they might do.

Sad, but true.

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