Monday, January 12, 2009

One Man Got Involved. The Perry Stephens/George Temple Incident



A dramatic (and controversial) defensive shooting occurred in Baton Rouge on February 17, 2006.

A citizen shot and killed a man who had overpowered and was viciously beating a police officer. The results of that incident have scarred the lives of several people and families.

As with many shootings of this type, the basic facts of the event were covered, but finite details were left out of the reports. Print media will carry the gist of the story, but the nuts and bolts, the details that cover the precise nature of the incident are rarely discussed. Broadcast media reports do little more than cover the high spots, adding drama, but little depth.

Perry Stephens saved a man’s life that day. No witness who watched the event contradicts that statement. George Temple was beating Brian Harrison viciously, slamming his head into the pavement, and trying to take his duty handgun from him when Stephens shot him.

This story has been reported, written about, dissected, and generally beaten into a shapeless mass—and still there were many questions I had as a defensive handgun and concealed carry instructor that were not answered in any of the stories I reviewed in the media. For instance, in no newspaper report or broadcast script I could locate, was it ever stated exactly what happened to Brian Harrison’s gun during this incident.

This is a critical element—if Harrison was sustaining a beating, and a struggle was ensuing for control of the gun, the case for the use of deadly force would be even stronger. One could even wonder if this almost vital fact was purposefully overlooked to lessen the argument that intervention by a bystander was really necessary.

Since we used the incident in our classes, I had a number of questions about what really occurred that day. I wanted a lot of small details that had never been covered in news articles. Since I once taught a class with him as a student, and knew him, I went to the source—Perry Stephens.

Reviewing his collection of news stories and incidence reports, I was able to piece together a much more definitive story of what occurred that afternoon when the stars all crossed, and Perry Stephens used deadly force to save another human being…

Stephens was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer rig on the interstate in the early 90’s. Since that time he has undergone almost continuous cycles of surgeries, recuperation, physical therapy, and more surgeries. He wears a neck brace constantly, and when it is removed, you see the beginnings of a horrendous scar that travels from the base of his hairline down his spine. He currently is recuperating from surgery that placed steel rods in his spine. He has been unable to work full time since the accident, and generally walks with the aid of a cane. He lives with constant, debilitating pain.

On the afternoon of February 17, 2006, Stephens stopped by an Auto Zone store located at the corner of Joor Road and Greenwell Springs Road--a major East-West thoroughfare that goes from blue collar North Baton Rouge through areas of industrial parks and older shopping centers, to a satellite community of Baton Rouge named Central.

Perry Stephens resided in Central, an upper-middle class enclave that has grown up around a sleepy semi-rural community outside the city limits.

Someone had backed into Stephen’s wife’s truck, and he was picking up body repair materials and paint to try to cosmetically fix the damage to the truck.

When he pulled into the lot of the Auto Zone and parked in a handicapped parking place, he noticed a large number of cars in the lot, but it seemed as if most of the occupants were outside, talking and visiting—the store had few customers inside.

As he paid for his purchase and walked out, he noticed a motorcycle cop had pulled a black 2006 Mercedes SL550 into the parking lot, and was apparently writing its occupant a ticket.


As Stephens entered his truck, placing his cane and purchases on the passenger’s side, a fight broke out between the white motorcycle cop and the African/American male who was driving the Mercedes. He saw the driver of the Mercedes turn and strike the cop with his fists.

Stephens was wearing a neck brace, a body brace, and a leg brace, and walking with the aid of a cane. As the driver of the car slugged the cop and drove him backwards with multiple blows to the head and body, Stephens reached into his glove box and pulled out his Sig Sauer P-220 semi-automatic pistol. The gun was loaded with 230 grain Hydra-Shock hollowpoints.

Stephens heard the officer, Brian Harrison, scream for help as George Temple, a six-foot body builder and boxer, pounded Harrison’s face and torso, forcing him backwards and driving him to the ground, dropping on top of him. Stephens heard two gunshots, and Harrison screaming “Somebody help me! Anybody, help me!”

Brian Harrison had been a cop for over 10 years. He had started his career as a reserve deputy with the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office, and as often happens, fell in love with the job, and joined the office as a full-time deputy. He was assigned to the Parish Prison in 1995 when he was involved in a shooting incident during an armed robbery of a convenience store, and was given a three-day suspension for his actions in that incident.

By the time of the fateful shooting on February 17, 2006, he had been a Baton Rouge City Police Officer for a number of years and was assigned to the Motorcycle Division. He was respected by his fellow cops as a professional officer.

On that day, he had gone on duty at 0545 in the morning, and was off duty at 1345 hours. He was working an off-duty detail with another motorcycle officer escorting a funeral that afternoon after getting off work.

While escorting the funeral, and changing positions constantly with his partner as they blocked intersections to allow the funeral cortege unhindered progress, Harrison observed a black 2006 Mercedes SL550 enter the procession by coming up from behind the procession and cutting in front of a family car. The SL550 is an expensive, low-slung, two-door sport model.

This “funeral-jumping” is a common practice of motorists in a hurry. They will cut into a procession, frequently turn on their lights, and turn out of the procession when they reach their destination or turning point. The Baton Rouge Chief of Police, Jeff LeDuff, spent a great deal of his time professionally as a motor officer. After the incident, he said he had written “hundreds” of such citations.

Harrison was blocking the intersection, and as the Mercedes passed him, he motioned to the driver to pull over, out of the procession. The driver ignored him.

Harrison then caught up with the Mercedes, and riding beside it, ordered it to pull over. The driver rolled down the window and looked at Harrison, then looked straight ahead, refusing to acknowledge the motorcycle officer.

The driver ignored Harrison’s continued motions and verbal commands to pull over for some distance, but finally turned right into the parking lot of the Auto Zone, pulling into a parking spot.
Harrison later stated the subject yelled out of the window as he was pulling in the lot, “I don’t know why you are doing this!”

Harrison dismounted his motorcycle, approached the vehicle, and informed the driver he was being ticketed for interfering with a funeral procession.

Upon being told this, Temple became aggressive and abusive, telling Harrison, “This is not going anywhere. This is just a waste of time. Call your boss. Look what kind of car I’m driving, man. This will all be taken care of.”

Harrison continued to write the ticket, then asked Temple to sign it, informing him it was not an admission of guilt, simply a statement he would appear in court to answer the charge.

When Harrison tore off the ticket and handed it to him, Temple reached into his pocket and pulled a roll of money from it, asking “What’s it going to cost to make this go away?” The roll of money was later determined to contain over $3500.00.

At this attempt at bribery, Harrison informed Temple he was under arrest. He placed the ticket book on the top of the car and ordered Temple to exit the vehicle and to turn and place his hands on the car. Harrison opened the door for Temple who stepped from the car. The car began to roll backwards, and Temple reached back in to put it in park. Temple then grabbed his cell phone and jammed it to his ear, attempting to make a phone call, jamming himself into the wedge of the open door.

Harrison ordered Temple to step away from the car and put his hands behind his back. Temple refused to submit when Harrison attempted to pull his arm behind him for handcuffing, and began fighting. Harrison sprayed Temple with pepper spray, which had no discernible effect on Temple.

Temple was at this time on probation for simple battery and criminal damage to property according to clerk of court records obtained by The Advocate, the Baton Rouge daily newspaper.

Six months earlier he had forced his way into the home of the mother of his son. An accomplice held a gun on her roommate while Temple assaulted his ex-girlfriend in an argument over the child. He was later arrested and charged with simple battery and other misdemeanor charges for the assault. He had so terrified the two women, they had made several complaints to the city police about the beating and threats by Temple, and both had purchased handguns to protect themselves from him.

As Harrison reached again for Temple’s arm to bring it around and handcuff him, Temple swung around and struck Harrison in the face with his fist, staggering Harrison.

As Harrison fell backwards, Temple attacked him, striking him rapidly in the face and torso with his fists. Harrison fell backwards with Temple coming down on top of him. As they fell, Harrison pulled his .40 S&W Glock 22 and fired one shot into the ribs of Temple. Temple was heard to cry out “I’m hit! I’m hit!”

The round was later found to have ricocheted off Temple’s rib, doing little damage.

An eyewitness came forward after the incident stating to a local TV station he heard exactly what was said between the officer and Temple. He stated he was parked a couple of spaces away, and didn’t pay much attention to the incident until the officer and the subject began yelling at one another. He said Temple called the officer a “punk…” and said “you’re just jealous of my car” after they began to struggle.

The witness said the officer took quite a beating. “You could hear them muffled…’Mother’ this and that. ‘I told you not to mess with me. I told you—I’m a beast, I told you not to mess with me. I told you. I told you.’”

He stated: “I mean, Mr. Temple was a big man…the man probably saved the officer’s life…But if this would have been on a dark road, we would probably be looking for a cop killer, to be honest with you.”

Harrison, who was taking a tremendous beating, was desperately trying to keep his weapon from falling into the hands of Temple. Temple was slugging him, and grasping his gun hand. He pushed the slide of the gun into the pavement, and fired it twice. He later told Stephens he was trying to empty it, or cause it to jam to keep Temple from getting it from him and killing him with his own gun. He succeeded. The gun malfunctioned, and was later found to have a spent casing still in the chamber.

Stephens said he counted over 15 people witnessing this incident from the front of the building and around the parking lot. Harrison was screaming for help as Temple beat him, “Somebody help me! Anybody help me! Stop! Stop! Stop!”

An off-duty sheriff’s deputy saw the incident occurring and heard the shots fired as Harrison desperately tried to keep his duty weapon from being taken by his assailant. The deputy tried to fight his way around traffic, making the corner, but by the time he pulled into the lot, the incident was over, and Temple was dead.

As he got into his truck, and saw the fight begin, Stephens reached into his glove box and pulled out his Sig Sauer P-220 semi-automatic pistol. He exited the truck and stood beside the rear of it, not intending to get involved unless the cop couldn’t contain the incident. Then he heard the shots and realized Harrison was in serious trouble.

Hobbling over within 6-8 feet of the two men, he hollered several times at Temple to stop, leave Harrison alone, and get off him.

Stephens could not see that Harrison had jammed his duty pistol under his body, trying to keep it from Temple who was continuing to rain powerful blows on his face, and slamming Harrison’s head into the pavement.

Stephen’s statement: “The driver dominated the officer through the entire incident. The driver stayed on top of the officer, pinning him to the pavement. The officer’s body was positioned with his legs and buttocks on the pavement—his upper body wrenched to the left with his left shoulder and left side against the pavement.”

“The driver was straddled across the officer pinning the officer’s legs with his legs, holding the officer with his left hand and beating the officer with his right fist.”

“Not heeding my commands to stop, I fired my pistol rapidly several times…The driver didn’t appear phased (sic) by the shots and continued beating the officer. I quickly gave another command for the driver to ‘Get off.’”

“Instantly the driver grabbed the officer behind the neck and head and slammed his face into the pavement. At the same instant, the driver thrust his right hand/arm under the officer’s upper body…”


With Harrison continuing to scream for help, and Temple continuing to beat him, Stephens placed his walking cane under his left arm, and took aim with both hands to get a better angle of shot and avoid hitting Harrison. The first shot hit Temple in the left breast, under the nipple. Stephens did not shoot at Temple from the rear as has been frequently stated, but rather from a side position. The bullet entered Temple’s chest, and came out through his scapula (shoulder blade.) His next three shots struck Temple in the left shoulder and upper back area.


After the four shots, with Temple showing no effect from the four bullets, Stephens again ordered Temple off Harrison. Temple ignored the orders and continued to beat Harrison.

Stephens then took one step forward, reaching within approximately three feet of the men, Temple still viciously beating Harrison. Temple was still on top of Harrison, his left arm on Harrison’s neck, and his right hand and arm under Harrison. As Temple slammed Harrison’s head forward to the pavement and lunged forward with his hand and arm under Harrison, Stephens fired his final shot into Temple’s head behind his ear. The bullet exited the rear of Temple’s head. Stephens said while he did not actually see the gun, other witnesses told him Temple had finally wrested control of the duty Glock from Harrison and was pulling it from under Harrison’s body when Stephens shot him in the side of the head.

At that shot, Temple ceased beating Harrison, and turned, reaching towards Stephens with a look on his face Stephens described as “rage.”

Temple then fell over, off Harrison, and made two attempts to sit back up, looking at Stephens before he collapsed and expired.

Harrison struggled to stand up. According to Stephens his face was covered with blood and he would have been “unrecognizable.” Various reports later stated Harrison suffered a fractured jaw. Harrison himself thought his jaw had been broken. Later reports are unclear as to whether bones were broken, but his contusions and cuts were treated at a local hospital. Stephens handed his handgun to Harrison, who removed the magazine, unloaded it, and placed it on the trunk of a car until it could be secured by evidence officers.

Numerous calls to 911 had been placed by Auto Zone customers and motorists who had witnessed the incident, and units were on the scene from both the city police and the Sheriff’s Office within minutes. It was determined the incident had taken place just outside of the city limits, and the Sheriff’s Office would be the investigative agency with responsibility. Several detectives and uniforms from that office quickly took control of the scene, began gathering evidence, and interviewing what would turn out to be numerous witnesses to the incident.

Stephens was transported to the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office where his statement was taken. A lieutenant with the office, an African-American, transported him back to his truck later, only to find a crowd still gathered on the scene, and several deputies engaged in crowd control, as the group exhibited angry tendencies.

The lieutenant ordered one of the deputies on the scene to get Stephen’s truck and bring it to the substation. It was deemed too dangerous for Stephens to be allowed to get out of the EBRSO unit and drive his own truck off the lot. This was done, and Stephens was transported to the substation where he was reunited his truck.

Aftermath:

Numerous articles were written and broadcasts were made about this incident, which inflamed a large portion of the African-American community. The NAACP called for a Justice Department investigation, as well as a citizens’ review board of police shootings. The Justice Department investigation was initiated, but later dropped with no criticism of the investigation of the incident by all participating agencies.

The Mayor of Baton Rouge, and the Police Chief, both African-American, steadfastly refused to consider any sort of citizen review board, standing up to intense pressure from the African-American community.

The investigations by the sheriff’s office and city police, containing reams of evidence and interviews with multiple witnesses were turned over to the East Baton Rouge District Attorney’s office for final determination in the case.

The actions of both Brian Harrison and Perry Stephens were found to have fallen in the parameters of the justifiable homicide statutes under Louisiana law. No charges were filed against either of them.

A lawsuit was filed by the mother of George Temple’s son, accusing Brian Harrison of excessive force in his attempt to effect an illegal arrest, and Stephens of “vigilante” action in coming to the aid of Harrison.

Among the claims listed as a reason for the lawsuit was a “loss of consortium” with Temple.

The lawsuit, the only one filed in this case, is still pending.


Addendum:

Louisiana Revised Statute 14:20 (2) of the Louisiana Criminal Code

20. Justifiable Homicide

A homicide is justifiable:

(2) When committed for the purpose of preventing a violent or forcible felony involving danger to life or of great bodily harm, by one who reasonably believes that such an offense is about to be committed and that such action is necessary for its prevention. The circumstances must be sufficient to excite the fear of a reasonable person that there would be serious danger to his own life or person if he attempted to prevent the felony without the killing.


22. Defense of others

It is justifiable to use force or violence or to kill in the defense of another person when it is reasonably apparent that the person attacked could have justifiably used such means himself, and when it is reasonably believed that such intervention is necessary to protect the life of the other person.





32 comments:

Xavier said...

I remember this story Gordo. It was one of the first CCW stories I blogged on.

Thank you for meeting with Mr. stephens and answering the questions so many of us had. Give Mr. Stephens one last call to wish him well for all of us.

Josh said...

Hell of a thing to have to do. Hope the cop made a full recovery.

Anonymous said...

I wonder why the cop pulled him over. Rolling stop?

Not to justify the Mercedes Man, but I can understand the anger people might have at being pulled over by a policeman, who will vicariously rob you of $200 or so for having done no real crime. The cop wouldn't dare collect the money there. (Like the income tax: if someone was to come to your door and demand 30% of your income once a year, there would be bloodshed. That's why they came up with the very subtle, "withholding." They bleed you slowly, over time, through a bunch of different people. So it is with the cops and tickets. The fact that so many people are in on the fundraising scam is what pacifies the sheep.

Glenn Bartley said...

I imagine the officer's legal defense is taken care of by his job or by his professional liability insurance, but what about Mr. Stephens? Is the city or police department paying for it, or has he been left to fend for himself?

I hope both recover from the ordeal. My guess is that Mr. Stephens will have need to recover much more than Officer Harris at least psychologically. Shooting someone, even when justified, and when the other guy is a dirtbag, takes its toll on one's conscience big time. The effects can last a life time, and torment one all throughtout a lifetime. Anyone who has a shred of decency suffers the ill effects of having killed another person, whether they realize it or not, it changes them forever. Of course people can cope with such, but it usually takes help. Of course, first it takes the realization of the problem and such problems do not always manifest themselves.

Having the support of a legal team paid for by the community or by the city would go a great way to help Mr. Stephens overcome some of the psychological trauma he was bound to suffer. Having folks like you still show an interest, and still show support for him in your blog also goes a long way.

If the city or another branch of government is not paying his legal fees - I wonder, is there a legal defense fund for Mr. Stephens to which folks can contribute?

All the best,
Glenn B

The Saj said...

Wow, that's a lot of Hydroshocks. It also affirms the need to carry another magazine. With many single-stack pistols it equates to 8/9 rounds.

I don't recall the exact number of shots fired, but I think Stephens was probably left with 2-3 rounds.

perpster said...

Thanks for the post. I wonder if bodybuilder Mr. Temple was having an episode of "roid rage" combined with "road rage".

J.R.Shirley said...

Thanks for the detailed story. It would be terrible if a good man suffered because of doing the right thing and protecting an endangered officer trying to enforce reasonable law.

Anonymous said...

Did they do an autopsy on the perp? Was he found to be loaded with street drugs?

Steve

Roberta X said...

"Street drugs" or "'roid rage" need not have been involved. Some people, super-sized type A personalities, get to groovin' on their own anger, amped up on their own brain chemistry and looking, whether they realize it or not, for a chance to go off.

The perps's remarks, "I told you I'm a beast," repeated several times, seem to imply he was such a man.

...And it doesn't matter. Drugs, a bad day, whim, whatever there's no excuse for assaulting people. --Nor is it wise to try to bribe a cop. Or to ignore him. Mr. Temple set up the situation that resulted in his own death, passing a number of points where a reasonable person, even a very angry one, would have backed down.

Cybrludite said...

Anon,

Had you read the post, he was pulled over for hopping into a funeral procession so as to get through some red lights, then refused to pull over when ordered to by the cop. He then tried to bribe the officer and fought him when the officer tried to arrest him for the bribe attempt.

compmanio365 said...

No need for drugs or alcohol for this to happen.

http://www.lawofficer.com/news-and-articles/articles/lom/0412/the_peter_soulis_incident.html

The article above details an incident where a man was shot COM 22 times before succumbing to his wounds. About one beer worth of alcohol in his system, and no drugs, nothing else that would explain his resilience, other than he really, really didn't want to die that day. Most people fall down after being shot because it's what they were trained to do by the mass media; it's what you see on TV every day. The important thing is to realize that most gunshots aren't fatal, and keep fighting, longer than your enemy does.

mikeb302000 said...

Perry Stephens is a hero. My friends know that I'm anti-gun; I write about it constantly - it's more like arguing with you gun enthusiasts, but my friends also know that I try to be fair and open-minded, at least I hope they do. I can recognize a hero when I read about one and that Perry Stephens is one.

Thanks for the detailed story.

Jeremy Colyer said...

An amazing read. Thank you for sharing the full details. The only thing I would add, or correct is that a clavicle is not the shoulder blade. A clavicle is the collar bone. A scapula is a shoulder blade.

Anonymous said...

This kind of Indecent is why I carry 30 rounds of JHP's as recommended by my Instructor (Veteran Peace Officer)

and 15 rounds of FMJ for the ones with Kevlar.

My Motto: Prepare for the Worst, and Hope for the Best.

GORDON said...

Jeremy...

Pretty good catch! But no less than I would expect from a nurse (What happened there, Xavier? I always rely on you to keep me straight on the medical stuff!)

I believe the official reports DID say "scapula" and I simply went to sleep and transcribed it as "clavicle." While anatomy was never my strong subject in school, I at least do know the difference between the collarbone and the shoulder blade--I think. Lessee...the hipbone's connected to the sternum, no, that doesn't sound right...

It's been corrected in the body of the post. Thanks for the help.

Gordon

Tom said...

I surely hope that this thng ends well for both the officer and the man who came to his aid. I would never hesitate to do the same thing if I ever saw something like that hapenning

Anonymous said...

I want to commend Mr. Perry Stephens for his tremendous, unusual and unselfish act of bravery on February 17, 2006, that saved the life of Brian Harrison, a brother police officer. Mr. Stephens is truly a Hero!!

I am a retired police officer with 27 years service who has followed this incident from its beginning. Fortunately I never had to use my weapon in an aggressive manner. Many officers, however, have, regretfully, had to use their weapons and/or take a life. We know that it is never easy, but to survive in the law enforcement profession, one must always be prepared. Seldom, though, has an imperiled police officer, had the good fortune to have a heroic private citizen nearby who would risk his own life to save the life of the officer.

I thank Mr. Stephens for his bravery and his willingness to serve his community (in spite of his own physical limitations) by engaging in this heroic act.

I am also thankful for those lawmakers who have had the wisdom, in spite of the radical, anti-gun crowd, to allow good, honest, law abiding citizens to arm themselves so that they can protect themselves and other innocent people the from criminal element in our community.

In the law enforcement profession, there is a phenomenal bond among police officers. We are all brothers and Mr. Stephens saved the life of one of our brothers. We are now and always will be extremely grateful for his heroism. He made it possible for our brother, who risks his life daily for his community, to complete his tour of duty - to live another day - to see his wife and children - to see the next dawn. . . .

I only hope that Mr. Stephens is receiving financial help from the State of Louisiana or the F.O.P with his attorney fees!

Best Wishes, Perry,

Sam T.

IndyRoadie said...

Have there been any updates on the civil case?

GORDON said...

IndyRoadie...

I talked to Perry Stephens a couple of weeks ago. His wife is getting ready to retire from her job, and they are planning to move to Florida to escape the notoriety of this case. At that time, the civil suit was still pending. These things, even those with little merit, drag on for great whiles as I am sure you know.

Anonymous said...

"Six months earlier he had forced his way into the home of the mother of his son. An accomplice held a gun on her roommate while Temple assaulted his ex-girlfriend in an argument over the child. He was later arrested and charged with simple battery and other misdemeanor charges for the assault. He had so terrified the two women, they had made several complaints to the city police about the beating and threats by Temple, and both had purchased handguns to protect themselves from him."

...And despite these facts, the babymomma still filed a civil suite against Mr. Stephens, the Mayor, the police chief, and the city. This should tell you all you need to know about the caliber of people we're dealing with here. LOWLIFES, ONE AND ALL, PURE AND SIMPLE. This guy was a rotten-to-the-core thug. Check his criminal record. I cringed every time I heard him eulogized in the local media as being a "fallen Baton Rouge businessman." What a joke. Most businessmen I know don't live the "thugg life" as Temple obviously was.
I suspect if George "The Baton Rouge Businessman" Temple had killed the officer with his own weapon, everything would be fine with those who were crying foul on his behalf. Herein lies the problem, folks......
Kudos to the one man that was brave enough to speak out to one local TV station and tell the truth. Most people don't realize the personal risk he took by doing what was right. I regard him, along with Mr. Stephens, as a hero.

rjhorse66 said...

boy oh boy its all about money aint it the mother of his son (the same women which had been beaten several times by this person ) and hade even purchased her own gun to defend herself against him is now suing come on people this idiot deserved what he got and im glad there are people out there that are bold enough to take the kinda steps that need to be taken in certain situations and not just stand by and watch someone get beaten to death like the other cowards that witnessed this mess did... hats off to the mr. stephens and to the officer for doing the right thing

Editor said...

What ever became of this lawsuit...I surely hope it was dismissed with prejudice

ERaySport said...

Civil suit still pending in 19th JDC. Pretrial briefs due Feb 25, 2011, and would expect a trial setting shortly thereafter. No dispositive motions have been filed per docketsheet.

ERaySport said...

Pretrial briefs due Feb 25, 2012 - sorry.

Father Dorrigan said...

The black community was outraged. The cop was a bully, and the shooter a cowboy.

Anonymous said...

so why was the black community outraged again? WTF is wrong with these animals. They always act like they're the victims. useless piece of shit animals.

Anonymous said...

This is why I carry a 9mm because the wimpy .45 just makes them mad.

Anonymous said...

first of all to the guy that called the 45 wimpy and said he carrys a 9mm. you obviously dont know anything about guns so just shut up. second i thank that man for saving that cops life and getting a piece of crap like temple off the streets. third the BLACK community that was outraged, screw you. its always racial to you people and i cant stand it. you people are the reason some white people hate black people. i myself aint racist but its hard not to be with people like that. this sounds like a cut and dry case of justifiable homicide.

Anonymous said...

WOW i would rather get shot with a 9mm over a 45 anyday. you are crazy if you think that the 9mm is a better manstopper than a 45acp. do some research before you say stuff like that you idiot. i have been an avid shooter and reloader my whole life and i know what im talking about. i also own both a 9mm and a 45acp so i DO know what im talking about

Anonymous said...

I think most of your article is a despicable attempt to justify a horrendous act of murder. Your account of this man being shot once in the stomach followed by four more shots to the side and back, but still needing a shot to the head is outrageous. It is unthinkable that Stephens wasn't charged with first degree murder, or at least second degree murder. I dare to think what would have happened to a black civilian who would take a gun out to shoot a white civilian five times in the name of protecting the officer in this exact same situation. Also, here's a video clip of officer Harrison flagrantly violating traffic laws and resisting another office t's attempt to curb him and issue him a citation for numerous traffic violations that makes me wonder what really happened that day when Harrison pulled this man over in the first place:
http://theadvocate.com/home/6284622-125/video-brpd-officers-counseled-after

Anonymous said...

"I dare to think what would have happened to a black civilian who would take a gun out to shoot a white civilian five times in the name of protecting the officer in this exact same situation."

He would be arrested for having and using a firearm I'm guessing. Felons can't carry, remember?

GORDON said...

Actually, something very similar occurred in Baton Rouge just two years ago. A female BRCPD lieutenant working security at a Wal-Mart got in a struggle with a black male who took her gun away from her and killed her with it. An older, black civilian tried to help her and was also shot for his efforts. He was lauded as a hero.

What is it with all this racist stuff? Why would you assume a black civilian carrying a firearm is a convicted felon? I have lots of African-American folks in my concealed carry classes, and they get permits and carry.

A black civilian who did exactly the same thing would probably have been lauded as a hero, except for those who would criticize because he shot a black man while trying to save a white cop.