Trooper shooting suspect released 3 times this year over objections
Take a second to let that sink in, even before clicking the link. Gregory Favors shot Chadwick LeCroy three times, in the face. Had he not been repeatedly released this year, had even one magistrate had some balls, then LeCroy would be alive today.
One of Erik's favorite memes is "if they're too dangerous to trust with a gun, they're too dangerous to be on the streets", and you know what? He's right. This guy has long arrest record--since "the 1990s", he's been arrested 18 times (well, 19 now). That's damn near twice a year, though probably more often if he ever actually did jail time. Moreover, he had a history of violence against the police, and even more of a history of running. He was obviously a danger and a flight risk, but at least two different judges failed to connect the dots.
Those dots go like this:
- Arrested in February after a low speed chase, while on probation
- Released on bond against recommendation in March
- Warrant issued after non-appearance in April
- Arrested in June after a foot chase and resisting arrest
- Detained because of probation violation and pending charges
- Released in July because the arresting officer didn't show for court (apparently, in Atlanta, having a warrant out for your arrest isn't actually probable cause to arrest you)
- Given a 30-day jail sentence and then more probation in July
- Arrested 10 Dec after foot chase and an altercation resulting in injury to the arresting officer
- Released, again over objections, 13 December on a signature bond (this time because he supposedly wasn't brought before a magistrate quickly enough--of course, he was arrested on a Friday and appeared before the court on a Monday)
- Murdered a Georgia State Trooper just over two weeks later
I was listening to Boortz's show on the 'Net yesterday, and Favors's attorney was on the news saying that his client was a "scared young man." Cry me a river, dude. I've got a real good cure for that fear, and I'm sure y'all can guess what it is.