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(WSBTV)   Cop pulls gun on children because building a tree house is 'hazardous'. Which is true when you take into account the gun-wielding power trippers who hate childhood   (wsbtv.com) divider line 55
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2014-04-06 11:59:18 AM  
9 votes:
"If it was justified then we'll deal with it, if it wasn't we'll address it as well," said Sgt. Joey Smith with the Henry County Police Department

Of course you will.  We all have so much faith in the police self-policing themselves.  Maybe you can go out and shoot some puppies afterwards.
2014-04-06 03:06:25 PM  
8 votes:
Any cop who feels he has to pull a gun on an group of 5th graders should just hand in his badge.

He's too much of a pussy to walk a beat.

I take that back. That was an insult to pussies.
2014-04-06 03:28:04 PM  
5 votes:
ya know back when I was a kid our neighbors would have either come out there and told us to be careful if they were concerned about our safety or told my parents about their concern. Not call 911 and have the cops show up.
2014-04-06 02:56:17 PM  
5 votes:
And the reason for his wife's call: "There were falling hazards, tripping hazards, all types of hazards, so No. 1 was concern for the children and concern for the environment," Dillard said.

This woman is a piece of shiat. I hope she has an incredibly painful heart attack from all this attention she's generated. Or at the very least, feels really, really shiatty about getting jackbooted thugs to pull a gun on children.
2014-04-06 03:02:32 PM  
4 votes:

nijika: I think we need to hear the Whole Story(tm).

But seriously where are they hiring these cops? Where do you find people who are willing to point a killing device at a child?


Pretty sure we trained a couple million people to do just that in Iraq and Afghanistan.
2014-04-06 02:58:55 PM  
4 votes:
I wondeR why A Cop would do somEthing like this.
2014-04-06 03:31:24 PM  
3 votes:

Hobodeluxe: ya know back when I was a kid our neighbors would have either come out there and told us to be careful if they were concerned about our safety or told my parents about their concern. Not call 911 and have the cops show up.



that is because back then, 'muricans lived in the Land of the Free and the home of the Brave.

now, they're a bunch of pussies building a Police State to protect their Owners and hoping they'll get some residual protection too.
2014-04-06 03:19:45 PM  
3 votes:
I'm not a fark cop hater, but there needs to be some accountability. A civilian even suggesting that they have a gun is considered assault if unwarranted.

If a cop even touches his gun he should have to file a report why it was warranted.
If he pulls his gun, report plus supervisor called.
If he points his gun, report, supervisor, admin time, investigation.
2014-04-06 02:59:43 PM  
3 votes:
Hmmmm.....
Neighbor called 911 because of noise
Kid was in his own backyard with a parent in the house
Georgia cop shows up and points gun at kid "for his own safety"
Police promise to look into it and see if threatening unarmed 11 year old with deadly force was justified

Without looking I can tell you a something the pig, the chief and neighbor have in common with each other and not with the child

My awesome powers of Prophecy say the cop will be exonerated. The Department will demand more money from the City for training. The parents have a 50/50 of being cited. The neighbor won't get cited for misusing the emergency 911 service
GBB
2014-04-06 02:58:19 PM  
3 votes:
TFA: "I was thinking that I don't want to be shot today, so I just listened to what they said," Omari said.

Best lesson you'll ever learn, kid.   And, your parents didn't even have to do a thing to teach it.  So it's a win for them too!
2014-04-06 02:56:54 PM  
3 votes:
They should have listened to Chris Rock and got a white friend.
2014-04-06 06:28:40 PM  
2 votes:
To quote a comment from a few months ago: "when your only tool is a gun, every problem looks like a black teenager".
2014-04-06 05:12:52 PM  
2 votes:

nytmare: You can never have a legit discussion about who's right and what's wrong in these type of threads because the libertarian pot-smokers all immediately swarm the thread extolling how they know the cop is automatically in the wrong and declaring their undying devotion to hating cops and how America would be so much better off without any cops. It would be hilarious if it wasn't so pathetic and formulaic.


Are you using sustainable methods to harvest all the straw for those strawmen?
2014-04-06 04:21:16 PM  
2 votes:

Pimparoo: I wondeR why A Cop would do somEthing like this.


Well the little black kids learned, don't go being black in public.
2014-04-06 03:32:31 PM  
2 votes:

nijika: But seriously where are they hiring these cops? Where do you find people who are willing to point a killing device at a child?


This is a surprise?

Aside from the famous picture of the Fed pointing his gun at Elián Gonzalez, there's

The Chicago PD, who held an 11-month old baby at gunpoint and expected him to understand an order to show his hands.

The Oklahoma Officer who negligently killed a 5-year old while trying to shoot a snake in a tree.

The San Diego Officer who shot an 8-year old child in an argument over a parking space.

The Detroit Officer who killed a 7-year old girl when he fired through a window without looking for his target.

The Ohio Officer who shot off a one-year old's finger in the process of killing his unarmed mother over a marijuana raid.

These are just ones I remember off the top of my head.  And, none of them are cases where an Officer accidentally shot a hostage or something like that.  They all show indifference by Officers to public safety, regardless of the age of the lowly civilian involved.
2014-04-06 03:27:06 PM  
2 votes:
Treehouse huh?

what about all those weapons and crack stashed at that 'tree house'.   these 11 year olds don't have me fooled.  they were planning to build a tactical control unit and use it to coordinate and attack Freedom in 'murica.  clever kids these days.

once again, the Republic has been saved by our men and women in uniform.
2014-04-06 03:23:06 PM  
2 votes:
"I learned that they're supposed to help you not make you feel scared to even come outside," Omari said.

Such innocence.

"If it was justified then we'll deal with it, if it wasn't we'll address it as well," said Sgt. Joey Smith with the Henry County Police Department.

If it was justified?  Obviously that 11 year old was a menace to society.  Should have called in the SWAT team for extra firepower.
2014-04-06 03:13:07 PM  
2 votes:
Did anyone other than the kid(s) witness this? Because it's totally unheard-of for a vengeful, powerless-feeling kiddo to embellish the truth, especially when it results in free sympathy!
2014-04-06 03:10:34 PM  
2 votes:

vodka: <i>I learned that they're supposed to help you not make you feel scared to even come outside </i>

Life lesson learned little fella. Life lesson learned...


Here in Seattle, we know to not approach the cops for any reason. They are still resisting reform even after the Feds cracked down on them.  The cops union publishes a newsletter that could be from the tea party.  They are an angry bunch that seems to want to crack heads every chance they get.  I'm referring to the few bad apples of course.  But you know how many apples we have here in Washington.  A lot.
2014-04-06 03:07:22 PM  
2 votes:
This is a case of kids having fun while Black. We can't have that!
Seriously, this is in Georgia, these kids are Black and apparently the cops are White. The spokesman certainly is. Nothing will be done.

anuran: The parents have a 50/50 of being cited.
THIS.
2014-04-07 11:35:33 AM  
1 votes:

fredklein: But people like you would claim that's just another 'anecdote'. Just another 'isolated incident'. I swear, I could find people like you on the beach saying "Look, another isolated grain of sand. And another isolated grain of sand. And another isolated grain of sand...."


Using Freddy's logiuc, I am now thoroughly convinced that hospitals are death camps.  I have heard story after story of people going there, often with no real signs of issues, and BAM, they are dead a few weeks or months later.  The paper is full of these types of stories, I have heard them personally, and I see it online all the time.
2014-04-06 10:10:29 PM  
1 votes:

Gyrfalcon: 1. It happened exactly like the kid said: The cops showed up and ordered a bunch of 11-year olds into a felony-prone position. Then they "walked the kid home," and handed him over to his parents. Cops assume kid is so terrified he won't say anything about their abuse of power.


Considering all the many, many, many, many, many other "isolated incidents" (um, exactly how many incidents does it take before they are no longer 'isolated'??) where cops have abused their authority, I'd say this is a likely scenario.

For instance, there was a cop who drew a gun at a snowfall fight.
thelibertyguardian.com
"However the Assistant Chief Peter Newsham said "There was NO police pulling guns on snowball people.""- LIE.


...this couple simply wanted to get into their driveway and expressed their discontent with the police, who happened to be blocking their driveway.
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And here he is throwing away a phone of a witness:
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His punishment? Administrative leave, then right back on the streets.

There's a LOT of "isolated incidents" out there. Try looking at https://www.facebook.com/CopBlock , for instance.
2014-04-06 08:42:36 PM  
1 votes:

evilmousse: Basic gun safety says you don't point a gun at anything you don't intend to kill... is there any definition to what makes a justifiable threat warranting being held by gunpoint, or are all explanations accepted as valid unless obviously and egregiously wrong?


No. There's really no excuse for pointing a gun at an 11 year old, unless that 11 year old has a gun/chainsaw/etc.
2014-04-06 07:57:45 PM  
1 votes:
Yeah, seems unlikely really.

11 year old vandals, doing things in secluded wooded areas that nobody else can see into have absolutely every reason to lie vs policeman casually waving guns around, manhandling kids half his size for no reason, and getting called out on it.

Yeah. Having known my share of 11 year olds and adults seeking lawsuits, only an idiot would bet on the events as given being most likely imo.
2014-04-06 07:07:51 PM  
1 votes:
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2014-04-06 06:18:20 PM  
1 votes:
I don't believe this story. We only get one side and it appears to be a very slanted side at that.
2014-04-06 05:44:29 PM  
1 votes:

Hobodeluxe: ya know back when I was a kid our neighbors would have either come out there and told us to be careful if they were concerned about our safety or told my parents about their concern. Not call 911 and have the cops show up.


So much this. Our son probably hacked a few tree limbs in his fort building days. If a neighbor had called the police rather than walking her fat ass down to our house, she would've gotten a visit from me. I'm not sure I believe police pulled a gun on these boys, but what an over-reaction by the neighbor.

It may be that your ranking system of environment protection over meaningful human interaction is flawed. Also, living in a subdivision situated so closely to another subdivision speaks volumes about your 'concern' for the environment.
2014-04-06 05:30:06 PM  
1 votes:
1) "11-year-old building tree fort says officer pulled gun on him"

2) "Omari told Diamant that two officers, one with his gun drawn, rolled up on him and a few of his friends as they built a fort in the trees behind his home."

Odd choice of phrasing for a news article.

3a) Article by Aaron Diamant
3b) "Diamant ran what Omari told him past Edgar Dillard"

And apparently the author talks about himself in the third person.
2014-04-06 04:54:23 PM  
1 votes:
You can never have a legit discussion about who's right and what's wrong in these type of threads because the libertarian pot-smokers all immediately swarm the thread extolling how they know the cop is automatically in the wrong and declaring their undying devotion to hating cops and how America would be so much better off without any cops. It would be hilarious if it wasn't so pathetic and formulaic.
2014-04-06 04:42:01 PM  
1 votes:
Construction of Muslim arboreal terrorist strong-point hide-out fortress stopped.

Good work, soldier
2014-04-06 04:39:45 PM  
1 votes:

offmymeds: I usually don't go around white-knighting cops, but this story doesn't quite add up. I can see the police responding to the 911 call mentioned in the story and maybe even going so far as to act like total assholes when talking to the kids. I just have a hard time trying to accept that a cop - any cop - would pull his sidearm on some 11 year-old and his friends. It just isn't very plausible. I've had dealings with cops of all kinds, some good and some bad. All it takes is one bad apple to spoil the bunch.


"I'm not saying that all cops are good, but I'm the Cop Whisperer, and I can tell from the words in this article that the attractive and successful kids are lying because all cops are good, or at least not dumb."
2014-04-06 04:36:19 PM  
1 votes:

buckler: And the reason for his wife's call: "There were falling hazards, tripping hazards, all types of hazards, so No. 1 was concern for the children and concern for the environment," Dillard said.

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Then call farking OSHA.
2014-04-06 04:35:45 PM  
1 votes:

fnordfocus: hardinparamedic: You meant that picture? The one that was infamous for the symbolism of returning a refuge child to a toltarian country, not for "pointing a gun" at Elian?

Doesn't change the fact that he was actually pointing his weapon at the boy he was allegedly saving.

You're a cop.  Tell me you wouldn't kill me if I pointed a carbine at your chest, regardless of whether the safety was on or where my finger is.


He's actually a paramedic.  If you've ever seen those firefighters, security guards, and/or medics who have a kind of cop worship complex and/or kinda sorta want to either be cops or at least be accepted by them, then you'll have a good idea of bronymedic/hardinparamedic.
2014-04-06 04:02:26 PM  
1 votes:
hardinparamedic:fnordfocus: You're a cop.

No, I'm not. :| What the hell gave you that idea?


I had a theory long ago that Officers are overrepresented on Fark, so I started taking notes.  You're tagged with your own quote "...I work on a Law Enforcement Medical/ Rescue Team."

To me, it reads that you're either an Officer in one of the few cities where the Police provide EMT services, or more likely an Officer trained as an Medic and attached to a SWAT team or similar group.
2014-04-06 03:52:56 PM  
1 votes:

hardinparamedic: fnordfocus: Doesn't change the fact that he was actually pointing his weapon at the boy he was allegedly saving.

The angle of the photo would disagree. He's actually holding it to the side. In addition, that MP5 does not have a sling. To use his hand, he has to hold it to the side, or drop the gun in the presence of an uncontrolled individual during a raid.

Which seems smarter: Dropping an automatic weapon, or holding it to the side with nothing on the trigger?

fnordfocus: You're a cop.

No, I'm not. :| What the hell gave you that idea?


"Paramedic" is just another codeword for police officer. Duh.

/Sheesh
2014-04-06 03:51:49 PM  
1 votes:

JesusJuice: There needs to be an armed citizens group that retaliates against police for shiat like this. Chiefs will keep better control of their thugs if they know stepping over the line means an officer somewhere in their department will be murdered.


What's stopping you, JJ. You talk about this every thread, but we never see any action out of you.

Go on. Be the an hero FARK needs.

Bit'O'Gristle: But kids lie because their feelings get hurt, or they want revenge.  I call bullshiat on this story.


Technically, the Chief admitted that the "incident' occurred in TFA. And, being Georgia, I'm willing to believe it.
2014-04-06 03:51:24 PM  
1 votes:

Evil Twin Skippy: Any cop who feels he has to pull a gun on an group of 5th graders should just hand in his badge.

He's too much of a pussy to walk a beat.

I take that back. That was an insult to pussies.


/ i was a cop for years, and i totally agree with you on this one.  The worst i did was handcuff a fifth grader for shoplifting candy and drove him around for a bit telling him he was going to jail.  Never had any problems with him after that.  The parents called in to thank me.  But...back to your point..i agree, but doubt the truth of the story.
2014-04-06 03:50:04 PM  
1 votes:

nijika: I think we need to hear the Whole Story(tm).

But seriously where are they hiring these cops? Where do you find people who are willing to point a killing device at a child?


Look at the flowers son. Look at the flowers.
2014-04-06 03:40:58 PM  
1 votes:

hardinparamedic: You meant that picture? The one that was infamous for the symbolism of returning a refuge child to a toltarian country, not for "pointing a gun" at Elian?


Doesn't change the fact that he was actually pointing his weapon at the boy he was allegedly saving.

You're a cop.  Tell me you wouldn't kill me if I pointed a carbine at your chest, regardless of whether the safety was on or where my finger is.
2014-04-06 03:39:36 PM  
1 votes:

rbuzby: vodka: <i>I learned that they're supposed to help you not make you feel scared to even come outside </i>

Life lesson learned little fella. Life lesson learned...

Here in Seattle, we know to not approach the cops for any reason. They are still resisting reform even after the Feds cracked down on them.  The cops union publishes a newsletter that could be from the tea party.  They are an angry bunch that seems to want to crack heads every chance they get.  I'm referring to the few bad apples of course.  But you know how many apples we have here in Washington.  A lot.



yea, they do a good job of protecting their Owners.  we get some residual benefit, but its a fine line where they can turn against us.

they will NEVER turn against their Wealthy owners.
2014-04-06 03:32:38 PM  
1 votes:
Proles keeping the other proles afraid. Perfect concentration camp culture working as intended to keep the noise down for the bosses.
2014-04-06 03:32:01 PM  
1 votes:

BigNumber12: Did anyone other than the kid(s) witness this? Because it's totally unheard-of for a vengeful, powerless-feeling kiddo to embellish the truth, especially when it results in free sympathy!


I wondered if anyone else noticed this.

We have a third-hand report--the kid's mom says this is what the boy told her happened after the cops left--and everyone is taking it as gospel truth.

You don't consider maybe the KID is lying to get out of trouble with his parents? Or the parents to avoid problems with the neighbor? I know cop hate is always strong on Sunday, but try to pry your mind open a little.
2014-04-06 03:30:27 PM  
1 votes:

Plant Rights Activist: nijika: I think we need to hear the Whole Story(tm).

But seriously where are they hiring these cops? Where do you find people who are willing to point a killing device at a child?

Pretty sure we trained a couple million people to do just that in Iraq and Afghanistan.


That would also explain the kill-on-sight all dogs reaction a lot of newer police seem to have.
2014-04-06 03:24:20 PM  
1 votes:
So the only proof is the word of a fifth grader?


I gotta side with the police on this one.

/A sensor should record every time the gun is drawn.
2014-04-06 03:22:17 PM  
1 votes:

anuran: The neighbor won't get cited for misusing the emergency 911 service


My neighbor called 911 on me for having my front yard landscaped. He thought the landscapers were pulling out shrubs on his property. A cop shows up and said basically it was a civil issue. I had a copy of the original survey from 1940 and we were nowhere near his yard. Talk about being a douche, In fact it turns out his newly planted tree was on MY side. After it got dark I saw him outside digging it up and moving it.
2014-04-06 03:19:22 PM  
1 votes:
And the reason for his wife's call: "There were falling hazards, tripping hazards, all types of hazards, so No. 1 was concern for the children and concern for the environment," Dillard said.

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2014-04-06 03:17:47 PM  
1 votes:

nijika: I think we need to hear the Whole Story(tm).

But seriously where are they hiring these cops? Where do you find people who are willing to point a killing device at a child?


Yeah, we do. I keep wondering what the kids were using to cut the branches. Did they have a saw? Was it protocol to draw a gun due to the threat *snrk* of a hand saw? (There's no way it was chainsaw.) If so, they should really look into changing that policy...

Seriously, though, pulling on a gun on 11-year-olds being 11-year-olds. wtf?
2014-04-06 03:16:10 PM  
1 votes:

kling_klang_bed: The_Sponge: Will the police report mention that one of the kids pulled a slingshot first?

So that's why Bart Simpson isn't using his slingshot nowadays! Chief Wiggum might've had to pick him off.


Bart doesn't have to worry. He's white.
2014-04-06 03:14:33 PM  
1 votes:
The_Sponge: Will the police report mention that one of the kids pulled a slingshot first?

So that's why Bart Simpson isn't using his slingshot nowadays! Chief Wiggum might've had to pick him off.
2014-04-06 03:10:53 PM  
1 votes:
What a farking moron. Both of the cops involved. Farking morons, the lot of them.

Mirandized: This is a case of kids having fun while Black. We can't have that!
Seriously, this is in Georgia, these kids are Black and apparently the cops are White. The spokesman certainly is. Nothing will be done.


Yep.

Ned Stark: Only the police can be trusted with firearms.


Given some of the dreck that has come from some of the member's of FARK's Second Amendment "I AM THE DECIDER!" battalion (Trolling or not), I'd still feel safer around a cop than the average FARK Mall Ninja.
2014-04-06 03:07:18 PM  
1 votes:
Only the police can be trusted with firearms.
2014-04-06 02:27:35 PM  
1 votes:
In before I get called out in this thread.
NFA [TotalFark]
2014-04-06 01:33:42 PM  
1 votes:

Marcus Aurelius: "If it was justified then we'll deal with it, if it wasn't we'll address it as well," said Sgt. Joey Smith with the Henry County Police Department

Of course you will.  We all have so much faith in the police self-policing themselves.  Maybe you can go out and shoot some puppies afterwards.



WHO WATCHES THE WATCHERS?
2014-04-06 01:06:39 PM  
1 votes:
Lotsa bullsh*t in tfa, from more than one source.
2014-04-06 12:12:37 PM  
1 votes:
Where was their farking permit??  Rotten kids these days get away with murder.

/when I was a kid we had to walk up hill both ways to get  a permit
//in 3 feet of snow
///get off my lawn
 
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