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Thread: Widow: Fort Worth Cops Were “Trigger Happy”

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    Default Widow: Fort Worth Cops Were “Trigger Happy”

    http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2013/05/28/w...trigger-happy/

    FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) - A widow is seeking answers after her husband was shot and killed on his own property by Fort Worth police officers early Tuesday morning. “I think the police made a terrible mistake,” said Kathy Waller.

    She said that a loud noise and bright light woke up her and her husband, 73-year-old Jerry Waller, shortly after midnight on Tuesday. He grabbed a gun and headed to the garage, she said, where Jerry Waller was then shot by police officers who were investigating a burglar alarm.

    Waller thinks that the officers reacted too quickly. “Somebody just got a little trigger happy, and away they go,” she said.

    Cpl. Tracey Knight with the Fort Worth Police Department explained, “He was armed with a handgun and officers feared for their safety. They felt threatened, and that’s when they shot him.”

    The burglar alarm was sounding in a neighborhood next to the Woodhaven Country Club in east Fort Worth. A spokesperson with the Fort Worth Police Department said that it is not clear why the two officers who responded to the call were at the Waller home — since it is across the street from the house where the alarm went off.

    Knight said, “Officers did follow policies and procedures according to burglary alarm calls. Two officers were dispatched. Both were driving marked police cars. Both were in full police uniforms. They identified themselves as police officers. I don’t know what lead to this tragic event.”

    Police said that a thorough investigation is now under way. “We remain committed to working with our residents and making this process efficient and transparent,” said Chief Jeff Halstead. Both officers involved have been placed on administrative leave. Both have been with the department for less than a year.

    The burglar alarm that the officers were checking on ended up being a false alarm.

    “I’m very disgusted,” said Waller. “I know not all policemen are like this, but it’s just disheartening for what happened to our family.”



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    Jerry Waller felt "threatened" too


    NOW HE'S DEAD!



    PROTECTED
    AND
    SERVED

    2DEATH


    Got equal protection under the law?

    Please tell me why I should worship the state (who apparently is the only party that can possess guns without question).

    The state's only purpose is to kill and control. Why do you worship it? - Sola_Fide


    ^THAT^

    Baptiste said.
    At which point will Americans realize that creating an unaccountable institution that is able to pass its liability on to tax-payers is immoral and attracts sociopaths?

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    this is two weeks ago, but ya f***ed up

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    “I’m very disgusted,” said Waller. “I know not all policemen are like this, but it’s just disheartening for what happened to our family.”
    Pathetic.
    "The Patriarch"

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaseyJones View Post
    this is two weeks ago, but ya f***ed up
    And long forgotten already. It's nothing that a few weeks/months of paid leave won't take care of . Then back on the street they go, looking out for their own "officer safety" -- oops, I meant protecting the citizens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Origanalist View Post
    Pathetic.
    Remember: this woman has likely spent a lifetime believing cops were her friends and would NEVER go after "the good guys". It's not easy to undo a lifetime of propaganda.

    She very likely has never followed these sort of stories. Most people don't. More and more people are starting to put 2 & 2 together. Let's not discourage that or deride them for not realizing the extent of the problem sooner.

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    ""Knight said, “Officers did follow policies and procedures according to burglary alarm calls. Two officers were dispatched. Both were driving marked police cars. Both were in full police uniforms. They identified themselves as police officers. I don’t know what lead to this tragic event.”

    so when is it ok to go into the wrong house across the street in response to an alarm in another house? seems to me they broke in. manslaughter is the least they should get.






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