Dy’er Sez: I wrote about this story a few weeks back, and I thought that the situation would bring to light the abuses of the town’s law enforcement officers. Instead this has turned into a grave miscarriage of justice.
Fire Chief or not, an unarmed man surrounded by seven cops was shot from behind in order to have him comply. To say that the cop was within his rights to discharge his weapon in this instance is simply ludicrous.
(For Constitutional Law Scholar Jonathan Turley’s take on this story, click here)
Story from Eyewitness News ( local tv station):
Jericho Fire Chief Shot by Officers in Court will be Charged
Reported by: Lacey Crisp
WEST MEMPHIS, AR – A man shot by cops inside a small town courtroom in Arkansas will soon be charged with battery on a police officer according to the West Memphis City Prosecutor. The shooting happened two weeks ago in Jericho.
Fire chief Don Payne was arguing a traffic ticket, and got into an argument with officers. One of the officers shot Payne in the back. West Memphis City Prosecutor Lindsey Fairley says none of the police officers will be charged.