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Georgia Family calls 911 for ambulance for diabetic son, Waycross cops show up & kill son

Discussion in 'Incidents of Police Abuse, Misconduct, Negligence' started by M, Oct 13, 2013.

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    Perps: Lt. Scott Rowell, Officer Casey Caswell

    Victim: Jack Lamar Roberson

    Department: Waycross Police Department

    Location: Waycross, Georgia

    First Coast News: Family of man shot by Waycross Police refute officers' story (Oct 8 2013)

    The family of Jack Lamar Roberson, 43, is disputing statements made by Waycross Police on how he was shot and killed during a police shooting Friday.

    "He didn't have nothing in his hands at any time or period at all before they came, any time while they were here, anything. They just came in and shot him. He didn't say nothing, the police didn't say nothing, anything, it was like a silent movie. You couldn't hear anything, all you could hear were the gun shots go off and I seen them going into his body and he just fell down," cried Alicia Herron, Roberson's fiance.

    Herron said she called 911 to call an ambulance for Roberson. She said she was worried about medication he took for his diabetes, but instead of paramedics, officers arrived at the home on Reed Street.

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    Tanner said Roberson then allegedly raised one of the weapons in an aggressive manner. Tanner said that's when officers fired. Diane Roberson said her son didn't have any weapons in his hands. " If you're any type of man you'll come to me and you'll tell me why you stood up there and told a lie. Two knives, we don't own two decent knives," said Roberson's mother.
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    News One: Georgia Police Kill Diabetic Man After Family Calls 911 For Ambulance [VIDEO] (Oct 8 2013)

    Jack Lamar Roberson, 43, was gunned down by Waycross, Georgia police on October 4 after his family called 911 for an ambulance due to issues with his diabetes, First Coast News reports. Waycross police officers claim they responded to a report of attempted suicide and were told that Roberson was combative. Upon arrival, Roberson allegedly “lunged” at the officers with two “weapons” and refused to drop them. That’s when they fired, claims Police Chief Tony Tanner.

    Roberson’s family tells a different story: “He didn’t have nothing in his hands at any time or period at all before they came, any time while they were here, anything. They just came in and shot him. He didn’t say nothing, the police didn’t say nothing, anything, it was like a silent movie. You couldn’t hear anything, all you could hear were the gun shots go off and I seen them going into his body and he just fell down,” cried Alcia Herron, Roberson’s fiance.
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    Huffington Post: Jack Lamar Roberson Shot Dead By Police In Georgia After 911 Call For Medical Emergency, Family Says (Oct 8 2013)

    Police in Georgia say they had no choice but to shoot a man who was, according to his family, experiencing an adverse reaction to medication he took for his diabetes. The family of Jack Lamar Roberson claims they called 911 on Friday for medical help and that the 43-year-old was not a threat at all. Police say Roberson was armed. "They just came in and shot him," Alcia Herron, Roberson's fiance, told First Coast News. "He didn't say nothing, the police didn't say nothing, anything, it was like a silent movie. You couldn't hear anything, all you could hear were the gun shots go off and I seen them going into his body and he just fell down." Waycross Police Chief Tony Tanner said Monday that authorities responded to a suicide threat and that Roberson approached them “aggressively armed with two items used as weapons," according to the Florida Times-Union. The chief refused to specify what those weapons were, according to the Associated Press.
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    First Coast News: GBI: Autopsy for Waycross man killed in police shooting scheduled for Monday (Oct 6 2013)

    Family members say their loved on 43-year-old Jack Lamar Roberson was shot by two police officers Friday afternoon at his residence on Reed Street. Published reports quoted Waycross Mayor Clarence Billups saying that police officers responded to a report of a man threatening suicide on Reed Street. When officers arrived Roberson was allegedly holding a knife, then lunged at officers. Billups says this was information passed along to him from his city manager and was never confirmed with the police department. He says it is unclear to him if there was a knife involved. "The fact is Lamar did not have a weapon, yet he sustained multiple gunshot wounds in front of his mother, fiancé and his daughter," said Roberson's cousin. The family says someone had called 9-1-1 for an ambulance Friday and the police arrived instead. "I saw my son go down with his hands up in the air, Lord Jesus, he had nothing in his in hands, we don't even own a decent kitchen knife and they shot my baby down," said Diane Roberson, Roberson's mother.
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    Florida Times-Union: Waycross police officer in fatal shooting said man lunged with meat fork and knife, incident report says: Jack Lamar Roberson's family had called 911 after he took hands full of diabetes medication, girlfriend said on 911 tape (Oct. 9 2013)

    In his report, Waycross police Lt. Christopher M. Poole said he went to 1013 Reed Street after hearing on his radio that officers were responding to an attempted suicide. He also heard radio traffic about a knife and then “something about someone being shot,’’ Poole wrote in his report.


    When he arrived at the Reed Street house, officer Casey Caswell and Lt. Scott Rowell were on the front porch and Roberson was lying face down just inside the front door, Poole wrote. A black-handled, two-pronged meat fork was lying near Roberson’s head and another black-handled utensil was lying beside him, Poole wrote. Poole said he could not identify the second utensil because the metal portion was under a shoe. “Lt. Rowell said that Roberson was holding what appeared to be a large grilling fork in one hand and knife in his other hand in a threatening manner,’’ Poole wrote in his report. “He said Roberson then lunged towards he and Off. Caswell. Lt. Rowell said they fired their weapons to protect themselves,’’ Poole’s report says.

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