Shooting is lesson to stop for police

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In reference to the letter "Editorial was divisive, presumptuous" by Linda Gregory (Dec. 22), I'd like to ask Ms. Gregory a couple of questions.

If her children were playing in the yard and Justin Elmore, while fleeing from the officers, veered off the road and ran them over, would she still think the officers should have just "jumped or ran out of his way" and let him go?

What if, in the ensuing chase, he crashed into a family and killed them? Would she still believe it is a good idea to let this career criminal, with a history of fleeing from the police, just go? Or would she prefer the police just let all criminals run away and never be caught or punished for their crimes?

The officer who fired on Elmore was on foot. He was walking toward Elmore's car. He did not have the protection of his squad car around him. After seeing Elmore ramming another officer's car and steering toward him, he had no doubt Elmore would have no problem running him over. He was faced with a 3,500-pound weapon aimed directly at him, and he did what he had to do to stop the threat.

It is always tragic when someone loses their life, but police officers put their lives on the line for us every single time they go to work. Sometimes they have to make split-second, life-and-death decisions -- decisions none of us would ever want to make.

Elmore was not some innocent bystander gunned down; he was a career criminal trying to flee from police. He was wrong for not stopping. He was wrong for aiming his car at a police officer, and sadly he paid the ultimate price. Let this be a lesson to all of us: When the police say stop, stop !

Ginger Sitler

Augusta

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justus4
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justus4 12/27/08 - 05:52 am
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Another attempt by a
Unpublished

Another attempt by a unsophisticated citizen to use code words and water down the Constitution and imply that some citizens can be killed for, either not hearing or not trusting someone in a uniform. What if this guy was impersonating a officer? What this LTE is REALLY saying is, "minority people better stop or be killed" because killings have not happened except to minorities so her advise is directed towards "them." There was a time when some Americans did require a pass, signed by an individual that looks like this writer, but those days are gone. However, some folks apparently didn't get the memo and are living in the past. And to the so-called "lesson" well, try to find an example of a white citizen, shot by law enforcement in this city's history. U won't find it, so let us please properly define the real problem.

Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 12/27/08 - 06:36 am
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Ginger is spot on. I have

Ginger is spot on. I have always stopped and cooperated with police officers and sheriff deputies pulling me over or questioning me all my life. I find that if you do what law enforcement officers ask you to do they don't shoot you in the head. Crazy world huh?

k6opsdmm
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k6opsdmm 12/27/08 - 06:39 am
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Is it maybe because white

Is it maybe because white people are smart enough to stop when they see blue lights and a policeman says stop. I can remember playing cops and robbers When I was little. When you were the cop and you caught up with the bad guy you would Say "Freeze police" the bad guy would stop and you would take them to jail. perhaps If I may suggjest someone teaching this games concept in the Gobment projects. If you can't do the time then don't do the crime. Please just shut up blaming the police and white folk.

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Brad Owens 12/27/08 - 06:54 am
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justus4, NOOOOOOOO, the

justus4, NOOOOOOOO, the writer is NOT saying "minority people better stop or be killed". Read it again and try not to read into it.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 12/27/08 - 07:01 am
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LOL, justus4. Funny stuff.

LOL, justus4. Funny stuff.

christian134
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christian134 12/27/08 - 07:55 am
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Amen and again Amen

Amen and again Amen Ginger...Justus let us now define the problem correctly...You are a racist and an extremist bigot for authority figures albeit it is selective at times...That is your problem but it only goes so far...This would not apply if an "Elmore" type had driven over someone you cared about or if one of your own had bought drugs from the local drug dealer/thug and died...But your kind insist people like myself are bona-fide racist even when we fail to lump all crimes at the feet of the proverbial "poor down-trodden" black man or woman...You had better watch out the criminal might just find you one day and I guarantee you will not cry color but you will cry Police...

factchecker
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factchecker 12/27/08 - 08:40 am
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Justus4 - sheeeeettttttt, not

Justus4 - sheeeeettttttt, not hearing? There were 2 cars there with lights just agoin'. He knew exactly what he was doing when he aimed that vehicle at a deputy. BTW, you as a citizen would have the same right to shoot him in Georgia if he aimed a vehicle at you.

55 F-100
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55 F-100 12/27/08 - 08:45 am
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justus, the reason that there

justus, the reason that there are not reports of caucasians being shot by the police is because caucasians cooperate when being given commands by the police.....AND.....caucasians are not riding around in an area from which they have been BANNED by a JUDGE.....AND......caucasians do not have weapons AND individually packaged crack cocaine and MJ for sales/distribution. Add it all up, CUZ, and the conclusion is that a caucasian does not behave and live like a knuckle-dragging, brain-dead, career criminal, hood-rat THUG!!!!!!!!! Hopefully you can understand this, CUZ, but if you can't, drive around until you can spot a RCSO cruiser, then collision said cruiser, and the Deputy will be happy to explain the facts of life to you, CUZ!!!!!

Bizarro
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Bizarro 12/27/08 - 08:47 am
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Justus has to be the most

Justus has to be the most racist human being ever conceived. He should be arrested for "hate" crimes-ya know it is in code words but is plan for everyone to see that he means hate.

alf
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alf 12/27/08 - 08:50 am
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It's funny how the Bible

It's funny how the Bible Thumpers always forget "Thou Shall Not Kill" (Exodus 20:13; Deuteronomy 5:17). I guess they have been watching the all and mighty George Bush too long.

Bizarro
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Bizarro 12/27/08 - 08:58 am
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You know one could draw a

You know one could draw a fallacious conclusion that, after Rodney King and a long list of criminals makin a run for it interactions with police, black folks don't have any sense or they believe they are above the law.

icanusethat
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icanusethat 12/27/08 - 09:09 am
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ya'll still not reporting his

ya'll still not reporting his lil girl was in the suv and was shot also the police not letting that news out think god she still holding on

icanusethat
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icanusethat 12/27/08 - 09:11 am
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ginger sitler augusta only

ginger sitler augusta only write letter that you know what you are talking about because it's always 2 sides to every story police are not always right.and it's clear they gun him down like a mad MANdoes it take that many shots? i think not.

JesusIsComing
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JesusIsComing 12/27/08 - 09:12 am
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alf, (Loved your show) The

alf, (Loved your show) The Bible says, "You shall not murder" - the Hebrew word is murder, not kill.

icanusethat
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icanusethat 12/27/08 - 09:16 am
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factchecker again no lights

factchecker again no lights were going so again you do not know what you are talking about you know why they not telling how many rounds where fired because they gun him down with almost 30 rounds it was more then 2 officers fired in that truck the people are telling..the gbi wrote down all the officers names and made them go back to the station and wait on them now when is he gonna report the other officers that gun this man down as well

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ncruise1 12/27/08 - 09:21 am
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icanusethat, first of all, I

icanusethat, first of all, I believe that the Sheriff has stated on more than one occasion that there were no children in the vehicle. So if there are no children in the vehicle, they can't be shot. And another thing, he knew what he was doing was wrong. I would rather the officers shoot this idiot that was using a 3,500 lb. weapon than to see anymore kids killed by the crap he was carrying. It is men and women like this idiot that think it is okay to give this junk to our kids.

Bizarro
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Bizarro 12/27/08 - 09:25 am
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Well maybe I spoke too soon

Well maybe I spoke too soon about it being a fallacious argument. I can see both ignorance and arrogance. I think icanusethat is point in fact.

pah4r
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pah4r 12/27/08 - 09:37 am
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The ad nauseum about this

The ad nauseum about this shooting and the building up of the facts by those in the area who threw rocks, etc. and torched items in their neighborhood to glorify a drug dealing, childhood stealing wanta-be should be ignored for what it is and represents. We all know, as justus4 does, that he was only shot because he was black.

rufus
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rufus 12/27/08 - 09:41 am
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icanusethat, I hope English

icanusethat, I hope English is your second language

disssman
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disssman 12/27/08 - 09:46 am
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All I know is this will be

All I know is this will be one less idiot serenading me at the gas station and up and down the street at night. I personally could care less how many shots it takes, he had a choice to stop after one verbal demand to stop and he didn't, it was obvious he was the main one making choices that day and his actions were forcing other people to make snap choices. Face it he was acting like a wild animal and was shot like an wild animal, period.

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55 F-100 12/27/08 - 09:53 am
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Where is Beaver Cleaver's

Where is Beaver Cleaver's mother when we need her???? Just as she did in the movie "AIRPLANE", we need either an interpreter for hood slang/jive, or "icanusethat" needs a tutor for preparing his post.

LBenedict
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LBenedict 12/27/08 - 09:53 am
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Hey alf - Genesis 4:11-15.

Hey alf - Genesis 4:11-15. "And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother's blood from thy hand;...a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth. And the LORD said unto him, Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the LORD set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him."

LBenedict
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LBenedict 12/27/08 - 09:54 am
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Hey alf - Genesis 9:6: "Whoso

Hey alf - Genesis 9:6: "Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man."

LBenedict
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LBenedict 12/27/08 - 09:55 am
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Hey alf - Romans 13:1-4. "Let

Hey alf - Romans 13:1-4. "Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. For he is God's minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God's minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil."

alf
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alf 12/27/08 - 10:06 am
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Nice....even the bible

Nice....even the bible phreaks have learned to "cut" and "paste". I bet LBenedict even googled it! Very cool. My work is done.

LBenedict
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LBenedict 12/27/08 - 10:07 am
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alf...WHAT???

alf...WHAT???

Safe at Home
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Safe at Home 12/27/08 - 10:22 am
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You Blacks think a drug

You Blacks think a drug dealer is some kind of hero....the next time you are in a life and death situation just call the neighborhood drug dealers instead of 911....you can count on the drug dealers and gang members to protect you....for a price...just give up all hope of safety and freedom and piece in your neighborhood....let the thugs take over....maybe you will like that better than the mean old police protecting you. Just the law of the jungle...the strong survive....no need for police in your neighborhood....just can't trust them can you?

Waymore
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Waymore 12/27/08 - 11:00 am
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justus 4 states "try to find

justus 4 states "try to find an example of a white citizen, shot by law enforcement in this city's history. U won't find it, so let us please properly define the real problem." There are instances, you fool. It's just that when a minority gets shot, people like you go berserk and cannot see past the tip of your nose. The problem has been defined; it is race baiting fools such as yourself. Now, let me ask YOU a question. How many law enforcement officers in this community have been shot by minorities?

owensjef2
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owensjef2 12/27/08 - 11:07 am
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You Blacks, oh boy!

You Blacks, oh boy!

crazyoldman
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crazyoldman 12/27/08 - 11:13 am
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justus4, a white gut

justus4, a white gut (cracker) I went to school with got shot coming out of a REVCO that he broke into and has been in a wheel chair since.

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