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Date of Interaction: 4/15/14
Police Employees Involved: Unnamed Morgan County Deputy
Police Employee Contact Information: 256-351-4800
Earlier this week, an off duty Morgan County Deputy shot an unarmed fleeing suspect at a WalMart in Huntsville, Alabama. The suspect was allegedly wanted on a warrant for a probation violation. Upon seeing the suspect run, the deputy squared up and fired a shot, striking the suspect in the leg. This was confirmed by witnesses. The off duty deputy, whose name is not being released, claims his firearm accidentally discharged during the pursuit. Will this officer be held accountable for going against policy and firing on a fleeing unarmed suspect and putting citizens in way more danger than the suspect? Why are all LEO’s so anxious to fire their weapon and strike another? The following is the news report from WHNT.com.
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – UPDATE: Morgan County Sheriff Ana Franklin says the man shot by one of her off-duty deputies at a Huntsville Wal-Mart Tuesday is David Horton.
The deputy’s name has not been released.
Sheriff Franklin says Horton was wanted for a no bond felony probation violation issued October 23, 2013, according to court records obtained by WHNT News 19. The warrant stems from a third degree assault charge.
Horton has been released from Huntsville Hospital and transported and booked into the Morgan County Jail, according to Sheriff Franklin.
A man was shot by an off-duty Morgan County Sheriff’s Deputy at the Wal-Mart on South Parkway Tuesday afternoon.
According to Huntsville Police Lieutenant Larry Childress, the off-duty deputy thought he recognized a suspect with active warrants against him in Morgan County while shopping at the Wal-Mart.
The deputy confronted the suspect inside the Wal-Mart, causing him to run from the building, away from the deputy. A shot was fired and the suspect was hit in the lower left leg, according to police.
When Huntsville Police arrived on the scene, the deputy told police his weapon accidentally discharged, hitting the man in the leg.
A witness on the scene told WHNT and Huntsville Police Investigators that the deputy stopped outside the store, squared up on the fleeing man and fired a shot.
The suspect was transported to the hospital.
Shoppers at the Wal-Mart were scared and shaken, but no one else was injured. Huntsville police are investigating the claims of the deputy and if the shot was accidentally discharged or not.
Morgan County Sheriff Ana Franklin said her command staff is en route to the scene and the investigation into the reported shooting is just beginning.
Sheriff Franklin says the Huntsville Police and The Alabama Bureau of Investigations is handling the case at the moment.
WHNT News 19 made several attempts to obtain the video surveillance from the Wal-Mart, but those requests have so far been denied because of the ongoing investigation.
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April 9th, 2014
Denver Cops Threaten Good Samaritan with Arrest
by Andrea Dantzer
Dani Juras and her family would soon find out the sad truth of current law enforcement mentality. Their family dog, Harley, slipped out of the yard and was hit by an oncoming car. Dani heard about it from a local website, hoped that it wasn’t her family pet and even prayed for the family of the dog. Turned out, it was Harley that was hit and if that wasn’t bad enough, details started emerging that would horrify all who heard them.
On scene, Harley did not die right away, he laid in the street gasping for air. Rather than allowing a concerned neighbor to take Harley in for treatment, the neighbor was threatened with violence and told he would be arrested if he came near the injured dog. What kind of society are we living in when a good Samaritan is threatened with arrest for simply doing what anyone would do in his situation?
Harley was subjected to the worst kind of cruelty by being left in the street for over ninety minutes suffering from his injuries. “It’s always about personal safety of that individual. It’s not trying to be cruel to the animal or the individual. It’s best if we get the Animal Control people in there, let them do what they do as experts and let them take the actions,” said Denver Police Dept spokesman Sonny Jackson. However, it should always be an individual’s decision whether there personal safety is in danger, or not. When a cop stops a person with threat of force from doing the right thing, there is a problem.
According to the official records, the police waited over fifteen minutes to call Animal Control. Animal Control finally made it to the scene over an hour later. Harley ultimately passed away from his injuries.
Many people may think that it is just a dog, and at least it’s not a person, but how much longer will this kind of overstep be limited to the domestic animal world? There is a frightening trend of increased police brutality, violence and coercion in this country. While Harley is just a dog, he was a member of the Juras family and they are heartbroken over what happened.
Now, friends, family and supporters from all over the world are speaking out against this latest outrage.
A Facebook page was started in support of Harley and to bring awareness to the situation. With over 700 supporters voicing their support of Juras and letting the Denver Police Department know how outraged they are over their blatant cruelty, Dani said she was touched and overwhelmed by all the support being shown to her family.
Some of the comments include:
Kristie Cooper: I am so sorry for your lost. I couldn’t imagine my dog lying in the street and the police just letting him die. This is the most inhumane and heartless thing a person could do. I don’t understand police dogs are treated with so much respect but these same officers cant have compassion of a person fur baby. I know this is heart breaking and i hope that you can find peace for your family and justice for Harley. My prayers go out to you and tour family.
Shiner Bock: People of Denver, and Colorado. This puppycide will not end, the sociopaths in the Police Departments will not see Justice, they will continue to kill and kill and kill again, dogs are inventory, property to these Officers and Officials. Nothing at all will be solved until the People of Denver and of Colorado tell their Police, their leaders and everyone they know ENOUGH IS ENOUGH AND WE ARE NOT GOING TO TAKE IT ANYMORE. Fire them put every kind of pressure on them, don’t let them have a night’s sleep until they solve their issues and show the People that crimes by their LEO’s will be prosecuted, prison time. It’s our responsibility and our duty to make our Govt. responsible and ultimately accountable to We the People. Do something!
Marcia Lardin Siemsen: So I have a question – if your dog gets hit by a car and law enforcement is on the scene, will you be threatened with arrest for trying to help your own dog? Or does this just apply if you are trying to help a dog that is not yours? SMDH
Lizz Huie-Fulks: Harley’s last minutes on this earth were terrible. The officer who kept people from helping needs to lose his badge. The story about protecting people from an injury is shall I say it, “a cop-out”. There was no reason to threaten people with getting arrested because there were no grounds to arrest anyone, no grounds. The officer was in the wrong, plain and simple. There is NEVER an excuse to allow a dog to suffer.
Juras noted, “There has been a great support system here for me and reading all the positive comments from everyone is amazing! I can’t say it helps my pain, but I’m looking at this as Harley is the voice for future pets that could fall in this situation!”
There is also a petition through Change.org with over 10,000 signatures demanding a public apology to the Harley’s family. You can find the petition here if you would like to add your name and tell the Denver Police Department what you think of them.
You can watch the ABC News7 interview with Harley’s owner as well.
For now, Dani and her family has to live with the constant reminders that Harley is no longer with them, and hoping this will never happen to another family, or their pet.
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