Melvin Santiago of the Jersey City Jersey Police Department was not simply shot in the line of duty, he was viciously ambushed by a man determined be a cop killer and, possibly, to commit suicide by cop (Kulbarsh, 2015). The attacker, Lawrence Campbell, age 27, assaulted an armed security guard inside the Walgreens pharmacy, took the guards pistol, told witnesses he was going to be famous (New Jersey police officer shot, 2014). Campbell waited in the parking lot for the first cruiser to arrive and opened fire on officer Santiago as he stepped out of his vehicle. Thirteen shots were fired, and Santiago was struck in the head. As the shooting was happening, other officers arrived and began firing at Campbell from their vehicles. He was shot …show more content…
Some may argue the attack would not have taken place if Campbell were not able to secure the firearm from the armed security guard. Campbell was a highly motivated and opportunistic killer who would have ultimately made good on his promise to be a cop killer, either that day, or another day. This incident is a perfect example of what a determined and highly motivated killer can do when they have no regard for their own life or the life of others. Officers must train and respond properly to deal with such a premeditated and vicious attack. It should be noted, almost two years later when the investigation results were made public, it was disclosed that Campbell had PCP and alcohol in his system at the time he shot and killed officer Santiago (McDonald, …show more content…
To limit the liability of associated with armed guards, many companies rely on outside contractors. These contractors typically provide security officers with limited training and experience. It is a well-known fact, that the private security industry in America needs to be better regulated (Walter, 2015). Among security professional associations and organizations, the consensus is almost unanimous that security officer training and licensing standards need to be increased nationwide. The quality and training of security guards has sadly not improved much over the last 15 years (Henion, 2014). Walgreens most likely relied on their security contractor to ensure the required training for all security officers. Living in such a letegious society, blame for this event was pointed in several directions. To make the statement that Walgreens was responsible for the murder of Santiago, simply because they elected to have an armed guard on duty is oversimplifying the situation and not placing blame where it really belongs. A motivated murderer on PCP decided to kill an officer to gain notoriety. Unfortunately, he was successful in his goal. If the guard was unarmed, the killer would have chosen another location for his planned attack and attempted to secured a weapon in a similar way. The results would have been
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Amy B. Wang and Kristine Phillips question the choices the Weirton Police Department in West Virginia made on the career of Stephen Mader, who recently lost his job after he hesitates to shoot, in their article, “‘Just shoot me,’ an armed man told a cop. The officer didn’t and was fired, his lawsuit claimed.” On May 6, 2016, Stephen Mader received a domestic dispute call, and “once on the scene, he encountered a “visibly distraught” man named Ronald J. Williams.” ( Mader tries to convince the man to lower his gun, but Williams refuses; therefore, when Williams raised his gun, another officer killed him. A month later, Mader was fired for not following the police department 's procedures.
Biographical information Michael T. Slager Born: November 14, 1981 Place of Birth: Florida Walter Lamar Scott Born: February 9, 1965 Place of Birth: North Charleston, SC Location of Crime: North Charleston, South Carolina Date of Crime: April 4, 2015 Summary of the case Police officer Michael T. Slager from South Carolina was charged with using excessive force against an innocent motorist and killing him. The defendant pleaded guilty in a federal court in Charleston, South Carolina (Blinder, 2016).
Neighbors, attracted by the gunfire and cries, came and carried the wounded officer into a nearby house and called an ambulance. Tom Borden was rushed to the Long Beach Sanitarium where he died just as the ambulance reached the entrance. An autopsy later revealed that two bullets had entered Tom Borden’s body. The first hit Borden in the stomach just above the navel. This wound caused the police officer to bend in pain.
Desma Hamilton Mr. Swartzendruber American History 21 August 2015 We’ve heard many stories about police shooting people… and this is another one of those cases. In St. Louis this week, Mansur Ball-Bey, an 18 year old, was shot in the back after getting into a disagreement with local officers. It’s said that officers were carrying out a search warrant in the north part of the city when two men ran out the back of a house. According to Dotson, the chief of police, Ball-Bey had turned and pointed at a gun, therefore causing the officers to fire.
On November 15,Officer Jeronimo Yanez was charged with manslaughter and various gun charges due to a shooting at a routine traffic stop. On July 6, almost 5 months ago, Officer Jeronimo Yanez pulled over Philando Castile, with the assumption that he was involved in a robbery that happened a few days prior. Mr. Castile had his girlfriend and his child in the car when he was pulled over. After handing the officer his license and registration, Mr. Castile that he was armed, but there was a permit for the gun with his papers.
A Closer Look at Cop Killer Ismaaiyl Brinsley by Limus Woods, Contributing Writer A 28-year-old with a harsh criminal background, the troubled NYPD cop killer Ismaaiyl Brinsley was not just a shooter who came out of nowhere and decided to kill two policemen. He actually was affiliated with a prison gang some years ago that hated the police in particular. Some of the actions that he displayed during the entire day, from the time he left Baltimore until he committed suicide in the New York subway, hinted at mental illness. But, until you see the history of him from childhood to the time of his death, you won’t understand how the timeline over the course of his life may have been leading up to this type of ending for him for a long time now.
Two Palm Springs police officers were both shot and killed while responding to a public disturbance. John Felix, a twenty 6 year old resident of Palm Springs was the convicted suspect of the shooting, and deaths of Jose Gilbert Vega, 63, and Lesley Zerebny. When the officers arrived to the residence of John Felix, they tried to get him to comply with there orders to exit his home. After 10 minutes had past with no progress, and Felix opened fire on both the officers. Felix had said he would kill the officers, but the officers did not expect to be fired on behind the door.
Detective Dana Hughes, Metropolitan Police Department- I would not want to put Detective Dana Hughes on the stand. Often times it’s valuable to have the responding officer who at first hand witnessed the crime scene, although Hughes seems more like a bias hazard. It’s clear she has a bias to battered woman syndrome when in her affidavit she says, “it’s just a new excuse for committing murder. She never said anything about being beaten to me.
The article I read about written by Wendy Gillis was about a police officer using excessive force against someone who seemed to have put a major threat towards the officer and resulted in a death. The shooting happened July 27, 2013 and ended the life of Sammy Yatim. A short summary of what happened was that Yatim pulled out a knife and was waving it around on the TTC, he told everyone to exit the bus and he put no one in harm. James Forcillo and his partner were the first to arrive at the scene and don’t Yatim multiple times to “drop the knife”.
The controversial debate regarding the excessive use of force that has at many times been implemented is becoming more and more frequent in the news. With the help of the following articles, What we didn’t know before the James Forcillo Trial by Wendy Gillis, Toronto cop James Forcillo granted bail in fatal TTC shooting by City News, Sammy Yatim Streetcar Shooting: Toronto Police Investigation Leaves Unanswered Questions by, The Huffington Post, Toronto cops convicted and accused of bad behavior may hurt public trust: critics by, Mark Carcasole and Why James Forcillo was charged with murder in the Yatim shooting by CBC News, I am going to prove my point. It is never okay for a police officer to shoot to kill. They are supposed to shoot,
In August 2014 police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed teenager Michael Brown, which set off nationwide outbreak in weeks following and still lingers today in the fall of 2017. Following the shooting many clung to the easiest explanation and labeled Wilson as a racist and pinned the shooting as unjustified. As time went on the Department of Justice did its report on the situation and concluded that the shooting was indeed justified by all forensic and witness data. With the mix of explanations in the air Jake Halpern wrote “The Cop” in The New Yorker on the situation one year after the shooting, which allowed him to find outlets on both sides of the gun. Halpern sheds light on parts of the story that were not shared on prime-time news
Weapons are deemed as a significant element for military strategies all over the world. Overtime, these illicit weapons distributed to police forces have caused injuries some at minor at levels and whilst some are deemed at extreme levels. Electronic stun devices and other less-lethal weapons are marketed as offering unmitigated benefits to both police and public safety, with this statement there are various problems also associated with these devices such as unnecessary injury and deaths. There are various intentional injuries that police officers are affected by whilst working, the prevalence of injury in the force is rather high. By the 1800s, after departments and police departments distributed weapons and demanded the use of force that
By reading this you will be informed that etiquette police training and use of body cameras will majorly improve law enforcement incidents. But first we must get to know one of the many victims of police brutality Jessica Hernandez. Jessica Hernandez was a 17 year old hispanic teenager who was fatally shot by Denver police officers Daniel Greene and Gabriel Jordan. She was shot four times and two of those bullets went through the left side of her chest causing her death ( Gurman, 2015 ). Honestly four times is an excessive amount of times to shoot at someone.
In today’s modern society, many feel that is okay for a police officer can kill a man armed with a harmful weapon at any cost. On many news channels, there are various amounts of articles and reports about a police officer committing this act. Even though a police officer has the right to take action against an armed man, this could be argued in many circumstances. In the 2013, Sammy Yatim was a young adult with a mental illness and was armed with a weapon on a streetcar in Toronto. Yatim was confronted by Const.
• There are many cases that have been recognized as armed robberies and for that the store chain should look upon it’s security. • Contradiction of interests between PBM segments and retail pharmacy. • Sales major focus is on lower margins on products. Walgreen: •