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    Officer David Smith never lived to tell about enraged perp who stole his service gun

    Officer David Smith never lived to tell about enraged perp who stole his service gun

    Sucker punched in patrol car by enraged attacker who leaned in and took his weapon, just like Michael Brown attempted on Darren Wilson.

    Darren Wilson, the Ferguson Police Officer whom a Grand Jury declined to indict over the shooting death of Micheal Brown, gave a lengthy in-person interview to George Stephanopoulos on ABC News last night. That interview is embedded at the bottom of this post.

    But this post is not really about Darren Wilson, at least not directly.

    It’s about Johnson City, NY (near Binghamton), Police Officer David Smith, who was involved in a similar incident on March 31, 2014.

    A reader from this area (Johnson City is about 45 minutes from Ithaca) forwarded me the link, writing: “I had forgotten about this event very close to home but it seems to me that it is relevant to current events.”

    In that incident, a seemingly crazed and aggressive perpetrator managed to take Officer Smith’s weapon from him, and then use it to murder Officer Smith:

    Police say a suspect shot and killed a Johnson City police officer with the officer’s own weapon on Monday morning.

    Officer David Smith was an 18-year veteran of the force, police said at an afternoon news conference.

    The suspect, 43-year-old James Clark of Greene, pulled away Smith’s weapon and shot the officer three times, according to police.

    Clark fired at another officer, who then shot the suspect several times. Clark was taken to a hospital and later died.

    As recounted in this video, the circumstances were remarkably similar to the initial assault on Darren Wilson by Michael Brown: Sucker punches to an officer seated in his patrol car, with the perpetrator then leaning in to try to steal the weapon:

    Officer Smith’s funeral was attended by hundreds.

    But there was no looting, no rioting, no arson, no businesses destroyed.

    If Michael Brown had managed to get Darren Wilson’s service weapon from him, that would have been the reaction too.  Just a collective shrug.  No presidential televised addresses to the nation.

    Officer David Smith never lived to tell about what happened to him.  Officer Darren Wilson did.

    Here is Officer Wilson’s account of what happened, and how he survived:

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    Anchovy | November 26, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    Had Michael Brown killed Officer Wilson with his own gun, my tribe would put a black band across their badges, give the widow a flag and go out and continue to protect the people who think destroying property and looting is a protest against injustice.

    njflyer13 | November 26, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    Prof. Jacobson, here’s another incident from NJ of where a thug assaults and kills an unsuspecting officer. I guess he needed a hug so he went on the run before being captured. He was a disgrace in follow up Court hearings.

    This is the kind of appalling disregard of the facts of the case now being circulated by those involved in K-12 education as well as the restructuring of higher ed.

    I monitor the site because of its work in restructuring K-12 around workforce preparation to get to economic justice supposedly. Gets funding from Gates and other foundations. So Michael Brown’s poor behavioral choices get disregarded so we can all be accused of implicit bias.

    This country cannot have the education of our young people in the hands of idealogues who disregard facts searching for the Equity utopia.

      Ragspierre in reply to Robin. | November 26, 2014 at 4:42 pm

      From what we have read and seen, this young man’s life was tragically cut short because Darren Wilson did not relate well to Michael’s culture, his lived experiences, his body language, or his story. Michael was “the other.” And so Darren Wilson acted with haste and force. That was his unfortunate choice.


      THAT is a level of delusion that just beats ever-thing.


        That’s why I posted it. Ignorant or delusional from people with influence over the classroom needs to be recognized.

        It’s clearly Augean Stables time in coming to grips with what is wrong, what the real causes are, and what the solutions are. Sanctimonious assertions from people who could care less about facts is not acceptable.

      Paul in reply to Robin. | November 26, 2014 at 6:02 pm

      “This country cannot have the education of our young people in the hands of idealogues who disregard facts searching for the Equity utopia.”

      I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but the communist progs infiltrated and took over our educational system back in the 60’s and 70’s.

        Robin in reply to Paul. | November 26, 2014 at 6:42 pm

        Paul-I wrote a book called Credentialed to Destroy: How and Why Education Became a Weapon that is available on amazon. Chapter 6 details just that using sources no one has really found before. Then I link it to what was attempted in the 90s and now today as the Common Core.

        That’s why I get these kind of releases. I monitor all the sites and am on the distribution list.

        C’est moi. Monitoring nefarious intent via open declarations in real time.

    Ragspierre | November 26, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    Great catch, Prof.

    This will get picked up by other big blogs. (You saw I said OTHER big blogs.)

    LukeHandCool | November 26, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    This must be the case Lowry references in his piece, “The Ferguson Fraud.”

    I’d never heard of this before. Where was the media?

    I’m on the phone with officers every day. Almost invariably, they’ve got people yelling at them, there are babies crying in the background, they’re trying to decipher convoluted stories crazy people are telling them …

    Their nerves must be shot at the end of watch most days.

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