Cop who shot burger-eating teen charged with attempted murder

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Weird numbers for the upper ranges of those sentencing guidelines. Why is aggravated assault considered to be up to 5 times more serious than attempted murder?

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The possible ranges are generally misleading. Reporters like them because of the big numbers on the back end.

However, Texas does like throwing away the key on aggravated assault, 15+ year sentences not uncommon. I suspect if you look into it, the history will be something like “we need a seemingly mild charge juries will convict on that lets us apply extremely long sentences”.

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I kind of assumed that the “99 years” was one of those things put in to allow the courts to feed black men in to the Prison-Industrial Complex.

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Maybe, but this guy is a cop… in Texas. I’m expecting him to get a medal for meritorious conduct as his sentence.

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It’s because he was charged with aggravated assault by a public servant, which has longer sentence ranges than regular(?) aggravated assault. Aggravated assault is 2-20, aggravated assault by a public servant is 5-99.

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I hadn’t heard about this. The footage is terrible. And then him screaming shots fired AFTER he was the one shooting…gebus.

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He was yelling the truth, in a way. Shots were in fact fired. Of course he left out the detail of who was shooting. Now, I know it’s part of standard police training to say simply “shots fired”, but I’m wondering if the phrase “shots fired” was chosen in part because of this ambiguity.

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Not necessarily when the victim is white…

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Ugh, that poor kid.

ACAB

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And that footage right there is the only reason this guy got in any trouble.

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I’ve seen a lot of mug shots, and this guy is among the absolute worst. Creepy and terrifying AF. /shudders

That he’s a cop, FFS, and not one of the justifiably in-and-outta-prison-their-whole-lives creepy & terrifying murderers makes it worse by orders of magnitude.

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There is murder in those eyes.

Was a cop, and if he is convicted, he will no longer be able to possess a gun in Texas.

I bet a nickel his lawyer asks for [and gets] a change of venue… and he gets acquitted in one of the more fascist leaning counties… IOW, most of 'em outside the big cities.
I’ve seen this song & dance play out more than once, & I will be glad to be wrong this time.

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