Damaged car camera elicits help from FBI

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A recording from a malfunctioning police camera will be sent to the FBI Crime Lab in Washington to try to recover images of a Sunday shooting involving Richmond County sheriff's deputies at a public housing project.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation, which is reviewing the shooting of drug suspect Justin Elmore at Cherry Tree Crossing, sought the FBI's help Wednesday, Special Agent Gary Nicholson said in an e-mail.

Deputies said they shot Mr. Elmore after he tried to run over one of them with his SUV. He had been stopped on a tip his vehicle had drugs and weapons in it. Two other police car cameras recorded the incident, but authorities have refused to make those images public, although Sheriff Ronnie Strength said he has seen them and they support the action taken by his men.

Mr. Elmore died Tuesday after his family took him off life support. His shooting has provoked outrage including rock and bottle throwing protests.

Four people were arrested late Tuesday and charged with disorderly conduct.

They were identified Wednesday as:

- Rodriquez McFadden, 17, of the 1600 block of McCauley Street.

- Michael Harry Riley, 52, of the 1500 block of Bleakley Street.

- Bartrell Griffin, 17, of the 2800 block of Rocky Creek Road.

- Dexter Barnett, 21, of the 1500 block of Wooten Street.

A cousin of Mr. Elmore said several sheriffs' deputies brutalized her Tuesday night when she tried to find out why her son, Mr. Barnett, was being arrested.

Brenda Givens said she was choked and dragged by police who were arresting her son. She said she suffered a bad bruise on her leg and swelling to her neck, adding that she was recovering from recent thyroid surgery. Ms. Givens, 43, said authorities took her to Medical College of Georgia Hospital, where she was treated and released.

"They had grabbed my son and I was trying to see why they grabbed my son, because they had already targeted him out," she said Wednesday. "So I'm trying to see what they had him for and the officers bum rushed me, threw me to the ground ... and drug me from one end of the street to the other."

Lt. Scott Peebles said Wednesday he was there when the incident happened, confirming that officers restrained Ms. Givens. He said, however, he didn't believe they choked her.

He said she was handcuffed after she tried to intervene in her son's arrest but was later taken to the hospital after officers found she had "health problems." He said she was fortunate she was not arrested.

Mr. Barnett was charged with trying to incite the crowd after some people started throwing rocks and bottles at police, according to Lt. Peebles.

"The crowd was the one who demanded that we arrest him because they were there for peaceful purposes," Lt. Peebles said, referring to the vigil. "They were saying you need to go get him."

Also Wednesday, state Rep. Wayne Howard said he plans to meet with the residents of Cherry Tree Crossing to hear their complaints. His House district includes the public housing community

Staff Writer Greg Gelpi contributed to this report.

Reach Adam Folk and Mike Wynn at (706) 724-0851.

OFFICERS INVOLVED

The two sheriff's deputies involved in Justin Elmore's death remain on administrative duty. The Augusta Chronicle obtained the personnel files of Deputy Michael Hodge and Jose Ortiz through a Freedom of Information Act request this week.

JOSE RIVERA ORTIZ: Deputy Ortiz was hired November 2004. He had one two-day suspension last October. According to a disciplinary report, he involved himself in a vehicle pursuit that already had two vehicles and a supervisor involved.


The deputy left his assigned area to join the pursuit and was reprimanded for failure to operate his vehicle in compliance with officer policy.


MICHAEL HODGE: Deputy Hodge was hired November 2005. Deputy Hodge was suspended for two days for unsatisfactory performance in October 2007 after he allowed a hit-and-run victim to drag the man who struck his car by his neck and belt down the street.


He received a written warning in July 2008 after a burglary victim complained that he was "rude and unsympathetic" while responding to the scene. He denied this to his supervisor and "did not own up to (his) words and deeds when questioned about this incident."


Source: Richmond County sheriff's department

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As It Is
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As It Is 12/18/08 - 05:01 am
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Yeah, they arrested 4 thugs

Yeah, they arrested 4 thugs from the numerous ones there and only charged them with disorderly conduct and the complaints still come from the disorderly "citizens". When police are arresting someone, back up, remain calm and shut your mouth, just because you are the parent of a 21 yr. old does not allow you to interfere with the arresting officer(s). As far as any of those listed above saying they were brutilized, hogwash...if they had to put their hands on you for disorderly conduct then you would have been arrested to...heck, you are the ones saying they want to arrest for no reason so it only stands to reason you would be in jail as well so get your stupid stories straight. Better yet, teach your kid what you haven't taught him in the first 21 years, which is to obey the law. If hundreds can participate and only a few get arrested, don't say they were targeted because no one is that ignorant. The Sheriff's deputies are showing unbelivable restraint (actually way too much) by allowing criminals to verbally abuse them, throw rocks, bottles, etc. at them and only a few arrests....do that in Columbia County and you would be charged with terrorist acts and other felonies.

As It Is
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As It Is 12/18/08 - 05:08 am
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Thanks Augusta Chronicle for

Thanks Augusta Chronicle for showing us the disciplinary records of these officers which for all of their serivce is very minor. It shows that even for small infractions that the Sheriff and the Sheriff's Office with discipline, write up, suspend and fire officers who do not follow policy and treat citizens appropriatley. It goes to show that those who say the "Sheriff always supports his men" is crap...but he does always support them when they are right and he certainly should. These fine officers don't deserve their records being seen by the public or any of the other crap they are going through for doing their job efficently and effectively. This is why so many officers simply don't care to enforece the laws in low income areas or in the projects because their is no way they will ever win - they are damned if they do and damned if they don't and although many citizens silently are happy they are there most that are vocal hate the police for no reason other than they are seen as an authority figure treading on their territory in an effort to keep them from selling drugs, guns, getting into gangs and terrorizing others. Major change is needed from within these communities.

inside info
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inside info 12/18/08 - 05:48 am
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Does the 8 yr old and 9 yr

Does the 8 yr old and 9 yr old even know "What?". As in what happened? That might answer the "Why?"

As It Is
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As It Is 12/18/08 - 05:50 am
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Instead of a sign asking

Instead of a sign asking "Why", simply go to his parents house and find out why. Ask the right questions and learn from them. Why did he commit numerous crimes? Why was he involved in drugs? Why did he sell drugs to others? Why did he not learn how to obey the law after his first arrest? Why did he now learn to follow the law after his second arrest? Why didn't he stop for the police when they attempted to pull him over? Why did he ram a patrol car when the poilce were trying to do their jobs? Why did he go forwards towards a second patrol car and officer after raming one from behind when all he had to do was stop and surrender to the police? Why did he put a child in jeopardy? Why did he put the lives of public servants in jeopardy? Why you ask....well, ask those who knew him best, those standing up for him now but at the same time admitting to knowing he was continually involved in criminal activity. Ask they WHY they didn't do more to help make him a better person instead of enabling him to continue his life of crime. Ask they why they would take money from him to go to the fair or for a childs milk when they knew it was drug money or ill gotten gain? Why? Why?

Ole School
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Ole School 12/18/08 - 05:59 am
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he was told not to come back

he was told not to come back into the area of the housing project anyway !!!

SMHwhatamessthisis
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SMHwhatamessthisis 12/18/08 - 06:55 am
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it's funny how could the

it's funny how could the sheriff' have said his offices are in the right if the tape is mess up...shame on the officers and the news for not telling the truth of what really happen..tell he had his child in that suv..tell he was trying to cover his child up..ya'll did'nt get a drug tip..tell when ya'll really look in suv there were no guns and drugs in there,,tell that the suv ya'll thought was stolen turns out it wasnt stolen but the stolen suv ya'll was really looking for put ya;ll on a high speen chase monday tell that..and tell the truth that boy brother girlfriend stay right by the front where the fence is..tell that when ya'll first came in ya'll saw the suv and him standing out side of it and didnt say one word to him ya'll rode pass tell truth..i heard this and went down there because i didnt believe one word of what happen from ya'll

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bone 12/18/08 - 06:58 am
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i believe ms. givens;

i believe ms. givens; certainly she wouldn't have a reason to lie about her antics..er, distraught behavior and polite requests for information, would she?

SMHwhatamessthisis
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SMHwhatamessthisis 12/18/08 - 06:59 am
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tell news 28 of those charges

tell news 28 of those charges he has is disorderly conduct.
for hanging at that store when the police ask u to leave report the truth i don't even live down there and wanted to know the truth the newspaper and the police will make u look bad.

SMHwhatamessthisis
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SMHwhatamessthisis 12/18/08 - 07:05 am
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As It Is ---you clearly don't

As It Is ---you clearly don't know what you are talking about that other officer killed somebody else and tried to put it on a police officer name rock the news did'nt report this he has a history of being a nasty cop.

scooter32
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scooter32 12/18/08 - 07:06 am
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I believe her too! these

I believe her too! these police officers are just down right nasty at times. To AS IT IS: I

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 12/18/08 - 07:20 am
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The polite and reserved Ms

The polite and reserved Ms Givens was merely observing the antics of the police when they used their gestapo methods and bum rushed her and threw her to the ground and drug her across the street where they handcuffed and choked her before taking her to the hospital. Yeah, that's a version of the story that needed to be printed. It's so realistic.

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gapeach08 12/18/08 - 07:33 am
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Its sad how this whole

Its sad how this whole senario played out. These are people and for these cops to treat them like animals is ridiculous. I keep hearing all of these accusations against this young man but no proof of him being a drug dealer or a thug. i keep hearing the news say they received a tip, hmm! all 911 calls are recorded why hasn't it surfaced. I feel this young man is a victim of being stereotyped because of the area just like a lot of other young men. So many people have negative feedback on this situation, but what is funny is that none of the ones making these comments really know what happens in our communities with these cops so there opinions really don't matter. Only God should be the judge. Also to assault this young mans mother because she was trying to see what was goibg on is terrible. It just further shows how people young or old are treated in these areas. I thought that polce were here to serve and protect, I guess not for everyone.

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shivas 12/18/08 - 07:58 am
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SOunds like the 2 officers

SOunds like the 2 officers involved the shooting incident had some issues themselves. Wonder what the deal is with the "broken" video camera.

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Waymore 12/18/08 - 08:00 am
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In answer to WHY, tell your

In answer to WHY, tell your children a dope dealing thug tried to run the police over to avoid going back to jail. The mother should also tell her kids that this is WHY you need to stay in school and get an education. This is WHY crime doesn't pay. I have a few WHY questions myself, but I want to see if anyone else picks up on them.

Debster
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Debster 12/18/08 - 08:02 am
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It's funny how a criminal is

It's funny how a criminal is innocent until proven guilty, but police officers, who are working to keep us safe, are guilty until proven innocent.

christian134
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christian134 12/18/08 - 08:03 am
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The mob reactions is this

The mob reactions is this criminal being stopped by police trying to protect the community and themselves is past all logic...You people are doing a wonderful job of raising another generation that seeks to bypass all morality for the sake of what they feel is best for themselves..."Me, number one...All the rest of the world can go to blazes as long as I and my people get a free ride to burn, steal, use, buy and sell drugs to our hearts content." What about all the good God-fearing people who live in the same areas that want to raise their families without living in daily fear of being robbed and or murdered by those same "thugs"? What about them? What about the rest of us who live in other areas in the surrounding communities who want to work, live and raise our children? How do we begin to explain why a certain community gets away with criminal actions meant to harm police officers as well as firemen? How do we explain the mentality of a community that seeks to bestow sainthood on a person who was not only a thief, a drug pusher as well as an attempted murderer? How do we go about trying to explain that some people get away with these vile actions simply because of their race?

politicallyNcorrect1
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politicallyNcorrect1 12/18/08 - 08:18 am
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In case you missed it: Follow

In case you missed it: Follow these simple rules by CHRIS ROCK...How to not get you butt kicked bt the POLICE
http://www.guzer.com/videos/chris_rock_cops.php
C hris is right it is common sense...KEEP YOU MOUTH SHUT,,,& you will not get your butt kicked

ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts
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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 12/18/08 - 08:24 am
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Shivas and SMH, if by some

Shivas and SMH, if by some miracle or Crime that you got hired by a Law Enforcement Agency, I doubt you be employed for more than a month before you were fired. I'd imagine you'd have a lot more than 2 notes in your files

cncop1
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cncop1 12/18/08 - 08:25 am
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Please can someone from

Please can someone from Cherry Tree tell the rest of the world when they shoot each other up it's tolerated and just another day in the projects?

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55 F-100 12/18/08 - 08:25 am
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Just like the "chilrens"

Just like the "chilrens" holding the sign, I also want to know why? I want to know why in the name of all that is Holy would anyone ever name "chilrens" TYKERIA and EFEDIAS?????????????? That is not going to look good on their high school diploma or job application. OOPS! My mistake again, since those two documents will more than likely never exist!

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jus sayin 12/18/08 - 08:28 am
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There were no WMD in Iraq

There were no WMD in Iraq either but we invaded. Sorry this guy died but he was wrong, if not why run. Drug dealers carry kids with them now to throw the cops off, how many times we read someone was caught with a kid in the car. The police was put in a hostile situation and had to react quickly.

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Chuchi 12/18/08 - 08:31 am
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Excellent point, Debdudjoe. I

Excellent point, Debdudjoe. I doubt any of us posting comments were at the scene when this tragedy happened; therefore, none of us can judge. I find it very unfortunate not only that a young man's actions probably contributed to his early demise, but that certain members of this community decided not to follow the peaceful example of MLK, Jr. According to Lt. Peebles in the article, most of the crowd were engaging in a civil protest, but a few hotheads decided to perpetuate the violence. I feel so sorry for Mr. Elmore's family; I hope all of us posting will pray for them and the cops involved, regardless of who you believe was right or wrong.

politicallyNcorrect1
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politicallyNcorrect1 12/18/08 - 08:33 am
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AsItIs...You say they need to

AsItIs...You say they need to change from within? Will not work...it's usually the lower income people that hate the police. They hate becuase they think the police picks on them. But statistics show theres more crime among lower income groups. So the hate will never go away, they will always break the law & will always be mad at the person who arrest's them for breaking the law. The ones that yell & start trouble with the police do it because it makes them A MAN among their peers. They take much pride in disobeying authority. It will never change NEVER

politicallyNcorrect1
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politicallyNcorrect1 12/18/08 - 08:39 am
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AsItIs...yea I said this

AsItIs...yea I said this yesterday..if he would have obeyed the cops, he would be out on bail, back to work & making more babies. Everything would be back to normal.

Unbelievable
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Unbelievable 12/18/08 - 08:39 am
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Good post

Good post PoliticallyNCorrect. That should be mandatory viewing for all of todays youth.

AugustaVoter
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AugustaVoter 12/18/08 - 08:42 am
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Where was this outcry when

Where was this outcry when the thug got shot at Captain D's? If the police just needlessly shoot "innocent" civilians, Where were the protests then??? Oh yeah, it wasn't a neighborhood dope supplier who got shot trying to drive over the cop...

nerthus
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nerthus 12/18/08 - 08:53 am
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Elmore was convicted in 2006

Elmore was convicted in 2006 of selling drugs and was given 5 years probation. In August, 2008 he was arrested again for selling drugs and that case has not been disposed of. Elmore has a long history of driving without license, no insurance and felony drug sales. This is the guy everyone is protesting. I am sure the police do a lot of things wrong to a lot of people cannot we find someone better to protest over.

dhd1108
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dhd1108 12/18/08 - 08:55 am
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augustavoter, thats because

augustavoter, thats because the guy was shot in a civilized part of town.

shabria
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shabria 12/18/08 - 09:02 am
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This story is truly showing a

This story is truly showing a lack of disrespect and making many people look bad. Why are we on t.v. throwing sounding uneducated, throwing rocks and bottles at the police,yelling etc..?
If we can't stand for something we will fall for anything i know that's so true now. I wasn't there so i can't say I only see reports on t.v. and i'm so sick and tired of people d*** saying the news is portraying them in a bad way! you're doing that the video is showing what was recorded pictures speak for themselves. If he was shot 13 times yes that's extreme but let god and the right people handle that situation half of the people didn't like him who is out there protesting someone called in on him. and when i saw the clip of those young kids out there it broke my heart why have your kids in the midst of any of this? many don't have respect for the law why throw rocks and beer bottles at all police officers all are not bad, how long do you think these officers are going to stand there and let you hit them with objects without doing anything did you learn anything from sunday? and once the swat team is called in it's over i'm surprised they haven't started pepper spraying people to protect 90%

christian134
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christian134 12/18/08 - 09:11 am
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Very well stated

Very well stated shabria...These same individuals will turn right back around and wonder why civilized people look down on them...To want these same degenerates in and around my own neighborhood would be inviting insanity into my world...As a King once said to his solider "Tell King David to leave him me in peace..Am I so short of madmen that yu hae to bring this fellow here to carry on like this in front of me? Must this man come into my house?" To the rioters I feel the same way concerning your insane uncouth criminal behaviors...There is no shortage of criminally insane behaviors in this world...We could all do without your added criminal activities...

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