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06/10/2005 03:26 PM ID: 48568 Permalink   

Police Officer Runs Over Victim While Responding to Hit-and-Run Accident

 

GASTONIA, N.C. — Officer J.C. May has found himself on administrative leave after responding to an emergency hit and run accident. It seems that upon arrival, Officer May ran over the victim for a second time.

It is not yet known if the victim was already dead prior to Officer May's stylish response. However, he was pronounced dead at the scene shortly afterward.

Officer May attributed the incident to being blinded by the bright lights of an oncoming vehicle. The incident is being investigated by the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. Meanwhile, Officer May remains on administrative leave.

 
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  This happened  
 
in my neck of the woods. The Charlotte Observer has more in depth coverage of this story than the Houston Chronicle. The Observer requires registration, but here is a link to the story anyway. http://www.charlotte.com/...
You can listen to the 911 call here: http://www.charlotte.com/...
According to the Observer, the autopsy revealed that the man was already dead when the officer hit him. It is still being investigated by the SBI.
 
  by: tomblik     06/10/2005 05:07 PM     
  Of course he was already dead.  
 
If not then they wouldn't be serving and protecting and we can't have that now. I just wonder who is going to serve and protect us from the police.
 
  by: LuxFestinus     06/10/2005 06:58 PM     
  Yes, the cops are out to get you. Dont call em.  
 
Are you actually trying to suggest that he did this on purpose? He was responding to a 911 call and when he arrived thought "Ya know, I been dyin to run over some stupid civilian, I can always find another career."

Never ceases to amaze me the attitudes of some people towards those who put their lives on the line, every day, to protect them. It sounds like a horrible and tragic mistake. Possibly even a stupid one, but to imply malice is ignorant. Every time a cop walks up to a car he could be walking into the barrel of a gun. The ammount of police officers struck by vehicles (intentionally) greatly outweighs this unintentional incident. They risk their lives to keep the peace for comparatively little pay. If you cannot express your gratitude at least have the integrity not to impune them. If you actually believe what you are typing then if you ever find yourself the victim of a crime I suggest you just work it out by yourself.

Some cops do bad things. Some soldiers do bad things. Some firemen do bad things. Some EMTs do bad things. They are drastically outweighed by the things they ALL do to protect, serve, and save us. They deserve some respect.
 
  by: Ctrl Freak   06/10/2005 07:15 PM     
  @Ctrl Freak  
 
It was obvious that Lux was not saying that the cop did it on purpose. Save the sermon for your naive followers.
 
  by: ploss     06/10/2005 11:59 PM     
  Tag, you're it.  
 
You seem to be the only naive follower I have. Please feel free to quote lex and show us all how it was anything but obvious he WAS implying it. Please enlighten me and anyone else obtuse enough to infer conspiracy and impropriety from the comment "I just wonder who is going to serve and protect us from the police."
 
  by: Ctrl Freak   06/11/2005 01:17 AM     
  @CF  
 
Don't listen to ploss or lux, obviously they believe the world would be a much better place without the police.

I don't know why anyone would be a police officer - one of the worst paid, highest stressed jobs. Lay your life on the line a hundred times a day. People constantly bitching about the job you do, expecting you to be perfect - despite the fact that you are, like everyone else, human.

I notice neither of them even commented on the fact that according to the officer, he was blinded by the headlights of an oncomming car. Not a whitt of a mention about the kind of jerks that a) drive with their lights on highbeam, when a car is approaching them, or b) that have illegally mounted lights (i've seen, and be blinded by both cases).
 
  by: lauriesman     06/11/2005 01:17 AM     
  er yeah  
 
Show me where in the comment they said the cop did this on purpose. Sounds to me like he meant that even if it was on purpose that it would be covered up, but they never said he did it. And, lux would be right, let's not talk about things like that though, apparently the new conservative policy is that if you have the title of 'law enforcement officer' you get a pass on crime because your job is 'hard'.

I didn't comment on the lights because it is a good reason, I could see that happening. I've been blinded by many lights myself, not just headlights, emergency vehicles on the side of the road, night construction...
 
  by: ploss     06/11/2005 02:08 AM     
  Yeah,  
 
a lot of people feel they are above the law. Usually they get put back in their place where they belong.
 
  by: lurker     06/11/2005 02:25 AM     
  @Ctrl Freak, lauriesman  
 
It seems pretty obvious by the comment that blame is not inferred, but a coverup is. If you think otherwise, please quote the phrase which assigns blame. There is also something to the coverup claim, so an outright dismissal is as assinine as an outright claim of conspiracy. My brother is training to be a police officer, and my family was dumbfounded by what he said one night had been occured earlier in class. They had covered the topic of reporting on the improper conduct of fellow officers, and tehy'd taken a show of hands to see who would honestly report such conduct. What struck us was when he told us of how the class had severely chastized the few people who raised their hands that they would, because you don't inform on fellow officers. Of course, this is a personal story and perhaps not all young officers have or are trained into this idea, but right there is the mentality that perpetuates police corruption, and that was in the rural midwest last year. Yes, the police have it rough, but as persons who protect our lives and rights and have the authorization to use deadly force to do so, they are to be scrutinized in their actions.

In regards to this case, I really have no comment. The coroner says the man was dead, and the officer seems to have a good excuse. Unless there is evidence of negligence, there seems to be little more to say.
 
  by: momentofclarity     06/11/2005 03:10 AM     
  Case closed...  
 
dead guy, before it was hit by cop... A person is inocent until proven otherwise. That is the law, and it works for me. The guy who hit and run should be the one in trouble, if he/she is ever found.
 
  by: macariov   06/11/2005 04:06 AM     
  Crooked people everywhere  
 
If we want to point fingers let’s point fingers. There are corrupt people in ALL occupations. What about the cashier who conveniently forgets to ring up an exact change sale and pockets the money or the waitress who doesn’t report all of her tips or the work at home mom who doesn’t report all (or any) of her income to the IRS. You have contractors who take tools and materials from a job site and my favorite, the lawyer who will go out of his/her way to protect someone they know is guilty as Hell to make a name for themselves.

Yes, there are police who are worse than the criminals are and unfortunately those are the ones people focus on making a bad name for all of them. I personally can name some police who I wouldn’t use to scrape crap off of the bottom my shoes but then I can name many more that do the job they were hired to do.

I cannot see how this officer could benefit from this incident unless he knew the man, knew he wasn’t dead and ran over him for spite but somehow I’ll never convince myself of this. If any of you have ever been to an emergency call and seen the mayhem you would understand. You have “Joe Citizen” who is totally underfoot and creating more problems even though in his mind he is helping. As for the oncoming lights, anyone who has ever driven at night knows about this.

I can only imagine how I would be feeling if I were in this man’s place. He must be devastated. This is something he will have to live with for the rest of his life.
 
  by: Ginger Heart   06/11/2005 07:06 AM     
  @ploss,moc  
 
Lux's comment to me, was explicitly a) assigning blame to the officer (he must have hit himm while he was alive) and b) alleging a coverup (because he hit him while alive, everything else must be a cover up, or else people would suspect that the police aren't serving and protecting).

There is no other meaning that makes sense to Lux's statement. At least to me.

I'm sensitive about this issue, because I know serveral officers now retired who can barely survive on their pensions, and thats their reward for putting their life on the line for assholes who don't appreciate it.

By any measure, police get it rough, remember that underneath that badge and uniform is a regular person - just like you or me. They are not some perfect automaton that never makes mistakes.
 
  by: lauriesman     06/11/2005 07:25 AM     
  Tag, you're it.  
 
You seem to be the only naive follower I have. Please feel free to quote lex and show us all how it was anything but obvious he WAS implying it. Please enlighten me and anyone else obtuse enough to infer conspiracy and impropriety from the comment "I just wonder who is going to serve and protect us from the police."
 
  by: Ctrl Freak   06/11/2005 09:41 AM     
  er... disregard the repost, but regard this.  
 
If the stated intent is to protect and serve, then the snyde comment "Of course he was already dead. If not then they wouldn't be serving and protecting and we can't have that now." can CERTAINLY be inferred as an assault on that very intent. It is also likely that given the statement which followed that it was implicit of conspiracy. To require protection from those charged with our protection ALSO can imply that they are not truly trying to protect us.

However, I think it is intellectually dishonest to dismiss my challenge to prove a statement COULD NOT adopt a position by suggesting it is simply "obvious" and then redirect the challenge to me. The original demands were not satisfied to support your argument that you would now have me defeat. I only bother to do so because I am correct in that it CAN be inferred... but as a matter of protocal this is bad form to absolve yourself the burden of proving your argument. If it is so obvious should not be so difficult to prove. Re-stating that a thing is so lends no support to it.
 
  by: Ctrl Freak   06/11/2005 10:02 AM     
  @CF  
 
umm, yeah. whatever...

My sympathy is with the officer. He was obviously trying to help.

I don't know if it is a problem over there but here in Australia, i am finding more and more cars have extra bright halogen headlights. They are damn annoying if not dangerous when i'm on my motorbike.
 
  by: jendres     06/11/2005 10:24 AM     
  @jendres  
 
I see the problem primarily on riced cars and some of the higher end luxury models. It is a problem especially if the driver has turned on highbeam.

I believe the officer I've been blinded by overly bright headlights or highbeams before.
 
  by: jaded fox     06/11/2005 10:37 AM     
  @Lauriesman, Ctrl Freak  
 
"Lux's comment to me, was explicitly a) assigning blame to the officer (he must have hit himm while he was alive) and b) alleging a coverup (because he hit him while alive, everything else must be a cover up, or else people would suspect that the police aren't serving and protecting). There is no other meaning that makes sense to Lux's statement. At least to me."

So you cannot infer by that statement that, in hitting the man out of negligence and covering it up, the police would not be serving and procteting? The coverup needn't be for the worst case scenario, and the statement needn't be taken to that extreme. Of course it implies conspiracy...but there's nothing unfathomable about that, and I told a little story why at least I can see it as valid. I told CF to prove his statement because he's asking someone else to disprove the conclusion he's jumping to. The fact of the matter is, the statement Lux made was quite vague and could have inferred either deliberate action or negligence, but the main point seems to have been to infer that they're covering something up. That's all that's there in black and white, and that's how it is unless Lux comes back and clarifies. If CF's ultimate goal here is to come out "correct" on this, good for him, but because you are right does not mean that everyone else must be wrong.
 
  by: momentofclarity     06/12/2005 02:02 AM     
  the key word  
 
"If"

That's really the only quote I need to give. In other words, supposing the guy was alive, not claiming he was alive.
 
  by: ploss     06/12/2005 03:50 AM     
  Let's just say...  
 
This was an unfortunate event and move on.
 
  by: hotrock11     06/12/2005 04:09 AM     
  The Dead, the Bad & the Victim  
 
Of course the cop will come up with an excuse, everybody makes excuses, although the "light in my face" excuse is as lame as it gets.

The victim might have been dead or not, we will never know, let's assume he was alive.

I am all for burning even semi-corrupt or semi-fascist cops high on the stakes of scrutiny, but this cop, fails to show any criminal intent.

And Now we have this hit-and-runner leaving two victims behind.
 
  by: kmazzawi     06/12/2005 12:06 PM     
 
 
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