Deputies use caution

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Richmond County sheriff's deputies reacted quickly but carefully Sunday after the shooting of a suspect by two officers in the Cherry Tree Crossing public housing project.

Sheriff's Lt. Scott Peebles said about 30 units responded to the scene after the 4:21 p.m. shooting.

The crowd seemed to grow in size and hostility, witnesses said, as rumors spread that the suspect had been killed and that a child had been inside his car. Neither was true.

Deputies at the scene said they were told to avoid confrontations with civilians, some of whom threw rocks and bottles at them.

Deputies left the area just after 6:30 p.m., Lt. Peebles said, but returned about an hour later when firefighters were attacked with rocks and bottles.

Several fires sprang up around the neighborhood after nightfall, mostly in large trash bins, but officials decided to let them burn themselves out.

"When we left they started setting cars on fire; setting Dumpsters on fire," Lt. Peebles said. "So we are back down there and have it under high-intensity patrol."

Police routed traffic away from the area and advised members of the media to stay away, as well.

Outside the Richmond County Law Enforcement Center late Sunday night, numerous patrol cars and unmarked Sheriff's Office vehicles came and went, at times filling the front parking lot.

"Oh, what a night, what a night, what a night," one deputy said as he rushed into the office.

There was one arrest for disorderly conduct on 15th Street about 9 p.m., but it was not known whether it was linked to the Sunday disturbance.

Reach Adam Folk and Preston Sparks at (706) 724-0851.

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As It Is
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As It Is 12/15/08 - 12:50 am
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While I can understand

While I can understand allowing some venting, deputies should never be instructed to "avoid confrontations with citizens" and allow them to pelt officers with rocks, bottles or other items. The deputies are on location to restore order, period. The good citizens living within this area must feel even more helpless when orders such as "do not engage" are issued because if criminals and thugs can attack the police with no immediate recourse then how safe do you think a law abiding citizen feels in that area. Sure, you do not want to make a bad situation worse. However, it is a deputies duty to serve and protect and that includes himself and his fellow officers. If this were in the "hill area" the orders would be very different. The law abaiding citizens in this housing project deserve the same rights and privelegs as those living on the hill and they should be able to walk freely without worrying about being hit by debris or having to deal wiht gangs or thugs. Issue verbal orders to dispurse, issue a curfuew or lock down if necessary, certainly arrest any troublemakers or anyone breaking the law and arrest them swiftly so the others wil dispurse but don't issue orders to sit.

As It Is
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As It Is 12/15/08 - 01:02 am
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Justus4, you can finally

Justus4, you can finally acurately use your favorite line "it is because they are black" and you will be correct. It is because they are black that the deputies are being ordered to use extradinory restraint. It is because they are black that they are being allowed without immediate fear of arrest to verbally abuse our Sheriff's Deputies and unlawfully assmeble. It is because they are black that immediate action is not being taken to arrest those throwing bottles, rocks, etc. at our Sheriffs Deputies and/or potentially at others within the crowd or within the area. Of course you can also argue, and I would even have to agree on this one, that the good and law abiding citiznes living in the area, a large majority of which are black are not receiving proper protection and law enforcement services by clearing the area of all of the law breaking citizens. However, it is interesting that when the Sheriff's Office actually does try to arrest someone for selling drugs to the youth within the Cherry Tree community, you see how so many of the residents respond negatively towards the Sheriff's Office. Basically, no matter how they respond in this area, they are the ones doing wrong??

MaryPlayer
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MaryPlayer 12/15/08 - 01:30 am
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Disgusting behavior, but what

Disgusting behavior, but what can you expect from low-life? Give them an inch and they will take a mile. Don't worry Al and Jesse will soon arrive and with Obama's aid they will fix it. Them bad old cops should have left that poor thug alone, after all he was just trying to make a living by stealing a car and God only knows what else, so he could sell his drugs.

SargentMidTown
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SargentMidTown 12/15/08 - 02:11 am
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This is a prime example of

This is a prime example of the project ghetto mentality. Please take the time to read this authouative article: This is a perfect example many of bad people who are bad regardless of where they live. Take time to read this authoritative article: http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200807/memphis-crime Support www.hongkongaugustaga.org and keep down town Augusta from becoming a ghetto filled with the kind of trash that attacked our law enforcment officers. Encourage our local government to push the bad project dwellers out of our city. They should not be around decent people.

curly123053
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curly123053 12/15/08 - 02:24 am
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What do you expect is going

What do you expect is going to happen when anybody decides to ram police cars? Somebody is going to get shot. Oh Well !

SargentMidTown
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SargentMidTown 12/15/08 - 03:20 am
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The gang of people should

The gang of people should have been tear gased and high pressure hosed. Bring back the chain gang..support www.hongkongaugustaga.org

mgroothand
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mgroothand 12/15/08 - 05:15 am
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What a thankless job to be a

What a thankless job to be a cop, you're damned if you do and damned if you don't. Perhaps they should just surround the perimeter of the trouble spots and let them fight each other off. Of course they are paid so well they ought put their lives on the line.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/15/08 - 05:38 am
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So what is the status of

So what is the status of downtown today? Is it safe for people to report to work at MCG?

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 12/15/08 - 06:11 am
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The government encourages low

The government encourages low income people to live in congested communities without differentiating between reasons for low income. Poor, but honest, people are put in a position of having to live with the "poor by right" crowd that feel no laws apply to them. This is a good example of why people on government subsidy should have to pass a series of tests to determine who they are. The aggressive "gangstas" and burn-outs can be put in a separate location from the non-aggressive people. Same number of people in the same government housing, just segregated according to behavior.

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jg41160 12/15/08 - 06:12 am
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MaryP, what does this have to

MaryP, what does this have to do with Obama. There may be relevance in mentioning the Reverends Jackson and Sharpton. They have both supported some questionable acts in the past. However, everything I have read and heard Obama say about Black responsibility and self respect leads me to believe he would in no way endorse the actionsof the crowd. Instead, he might just suggest we all stay calm and get ALL the facts before making judgements.

PTHS225
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PTHS225 12/15/08 - 06:12 am
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Riverman1 - I've been

Riverman1 - I've been listening to the scanner for about 4 hours. All sounds calm.

PTHS225
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PTHS225 12/15/08 - 06:14 am
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pt - excellent idea!

pt - excellent idea!

PAW
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PAW 12/15/08 - 06:33 am
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if the person was white and

if the person was white and they were in a white neighborhood, the situation would be different. the victim car would have been shot up and the victim would be in jail with a bail hearing in the morning. the people in cherry tree have the right to fuss and cuss, because this only happens in black neighborhoods

Waymore
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Waymore 12/15/08 - 07:00 am
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PAW, your statement is

PAW, your statement is asinine. You are making baseless assumptions. Fact of the matter is, according to police reports, he was in a stolen vehicle, possibly with drugs, and possibly with guns. He fled. When cornered, he used deadly force and was dealt with. I wonder who phoned the tip in? A rival drug dealer? How would you be responding if he was shot by a rival drug dealer, an occurrence that happens with frightening regularity, but ofter excused by certain communities.

christian134
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christian134 12/15/08 - 07:08 am
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These were more than likely

These were more than likely drugged up, alcohol-filled mentally challenged bored individuals who felt a bit of sport in the air...Have your fun and games but do it somewhere else like in the middle of a shark infested ocean on a very small island...Trying to harm firefighters and police officers is intolerable...Frightening the people who simply want to live life without the idiocy is intolerable as well...

ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts
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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 12/15/08 - 07:28 am
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Paw, it that is the case then

Paw, it that is the case then I have the right to slap the taste out of your mouth for your stupid posting!

karazad
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karazad 12/15/08 - 07:56 am
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Paw, I agree with Waymore.

Paw, I agree with Waymore. Your statement is Asinine. My husband is a deputy and I don't think he cares what color the driver or user of a deadly weapon is when his life and others are in danger. If the driver would have just stopped and cooperated, like most law abiding citizens do, he would not have been shot. If he was so innocent then he wouldn't have tried to run 3 deputies down. These cops put their lives on the line everyday to make the streets safer even for thankless *&^holes like you.

nerthus
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nerthus 12/15/08 - 08:09 am
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I personally know of one

I personally know of one situation in another housing project where a young man has lived for 2 years. For over a year he has had several felony warrants out on him and recently was charged with several more felonies. He has at least 16 felony warrants out on him right now. During this same time period his lease has been renewed, he pays his little co-payment every month. Taxpayers are paying for the apartment to hide this wanted criminal, what is wrong with this picture. The management of the housing project know all of the above and don't evict him.

SCGAL53
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SCGAL53 12/15/08 - 08:22 am
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PAW, quit misinforming the

PAW, quit misinforming the public.

JohnQPublic
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JohnQPublic 12/15/08 - 08:35 am
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Just an observation...Sure

Just an observation...Sure looked like a lot of able bodied young men in that crowd. Are they living in the projects and on the welfare roles? Maybe they were just visiting.

JohnQPublic
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JohnQPublic 12/15/08 - 08:39 am
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Augusta/Richmond County does

Augusta/Richmond County does not employ enough police officers to take care of the situation. The commissioners better wake up and take steps to ensure that it citizens and their property have adequate police protection. Bottles were thrown at the police because the crowd knew there are not enough police officers to enforce anything.

yak11
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yak11 12/15/08 - 08:49 am
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nerthus you are on something

nerthus you are on something I am guessing. Public Housing actually has more control over "legal residents" than regular apartments. Now if the guy is "staying there" thats a different matter. The end result of that is the judges let the people walk when they are charged with allowing scum to live there. It starts and ends with the Judicial System.

REBEL LION
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REBEL LION 12/15/08 - 08:59 am
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thats why we put out the cd

thats why we put out the cd "georgia we have a problem" rebel lion will stand up for yall aug we got you dec 20 soul bar we are still fighting enemies video trackwalker.net www.myspace.com/rebelionisd and if u did not know that man u can not judge him at all thats reality so know all them negative comments those people are the real ignorant ones rebel lion lets get it

wizzardx1
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wizzardx1 12/15/08 - 09:37 am
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This person was shot because

This person was shot because he was trying to kill a police officer. NOT because he was a fine upstanding law abiding citizen. It makes no difference what color his skin was. When someone is trying to kill YOU,please take the time to stop and try to assertain his race,his religious affiliation,and his background before you try to defend yourself. I am sure by the time you have taken all this into consideration,he would have already killed you and well on his way

MrsD
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MrsD 12/15/08 - 09:55 am
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Yeah, that's really smart...

Yeah, that's really smart... What are they thinking setting their OWN neighborhood on FIRE...
If you use force on a police officer -- EXPECT to have force used right back on ya... Let this be a lesson learned, maybe?

WW1949
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WW1949 12/15/08 - 10:24 am
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What a bunch of dumb people.

What a bunch of dumb people. But what can u expect from that type of person. Quality not. I like PT's idea because all poor are not violent and stupid.

SargentMidTown
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SargentMidTown 12/15/08 - 10:36 am
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The Augusta Housing Authority

The Augusta Housing Authority is a joke. They do not weed out the bad tenants. Anyone under 50 who gets public assistance should be required to take drug screening tests. support www.hongkongaugustaga.org

I bet that many of the people who throwing things at the police are the same people who shop lift. Trash trash trash.

jack
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jack 12/15/08 - 11:51 am
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I have always said that those

I have always said that those who burn down their neighborhoods should have to live there after it is burned down or move. The city doesn't owe them anything other than the protection they obviously resent.

cparker
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cparker 12/15/08 - 12:22 pm
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SargeantMidtown..... I know

SargeantMidtown..... I know that what happened is wrong. I just can not understand how a black man like you have the racial hatred you have. You don't even sound black to me, you sound like you are in the KKK. If you had on a hood many of us would not know the difference.

edst4
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edst4 12/15/08 - 01:55 pm
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I say keep the dumpsters out

I say keep the dumpsters out now. Since they burned them. Seems they do not need them. iluvme where you been you. Was that a racist remark I just said?

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