Appalled- greatly dismayed or horrified. synonyms; horrified, shocked, dismayed, distressed, outraged, scandalized.
Nancy Vaughn was "appalled". "It was ugly. It was brutal. It was completely unnecessary". What manner of devastation was our Mayor describing? It was the Body Worn Camera footage of a breaking and entering suspect who was resisting arrest. It was a suspect that had been observed and reported by his mother's neighbors for using a shovel to pry open his mother's garage door to steal from her yet again because he no longer had a key and had been banned from her residence. It was a career criminal that has an extensive record of lying, deceiving, resisting and stealing.
"It was ugly"? How? There was no blood, no use of force, no death and the only thing close to an injury was to one of the officers.
"It was brutal"? How? No disfigurement. No weapons used. The guy resisted to the end and certainly was not helpless.
"It was unnecessary"? Is it not necessary to arrest suspects that are attempting to break into someone else's property?
What it was Mayor Vaughn is a lot of emoting on your part to ingratiate yourself to the opportunistic antagonizers in this city so that you may continue your charade as an effective leader. Over and over again your new found "liberal-ness" has trumped any semblance of common sense you may or may not possess simply because you love being an elected official. Your very obvious political "left turn" the past 15 years has come at the expense of our city and all of the numbers in the most recent Development and Trend report confirms it. But it's your willingness to throw law enforcement under the bus to appease and impress your buddies that you somehow perceive are necessary to placate to remain Mayor that has me "appalled".
An officer was shot last week. More than that, my friend Justin was shot last week. Justin was doing his job. The suspect was attempting to avoid Justin from detecting that he was feloniously breaking the law. The suspect attempted to flee. The suspect attempted to resist physically. The suspect then shot my friend Justin. Our Mayor offered a fairly generic statement;
"On behalf of the City of Greensboro, our prayers and well wishes go out to the officers and their families for a full and speedy recovery".
Generic, impersonal, cold, emotionless. She couldn't even call the officers by their last name. It was almost as if she was a bit disappointed that she couldn't find a reason to somehow deflect blame from the suspect and had to live with the fact that the officer had a right to defend himself from being shot at. Then, her tone changed as she continued;
"In addition we would also like to recognize that another family is grieving and we send out our prayers and support to them as well'.
Make no mistake about it, there are people in Greensboro that are almost desperate for an officer involved shooting to occur in this city. It throws a monkey wrench into their agenda though when the officer gets shot first. At some point, one of our local opportunistic antagonists will try to portray this incident as being the officer's fault. The Mayor will once again go out of her way to appease.
Where is the condemnation of the felonious act of shooting a police officer? Where is the outrage or "appalling" comments about a suspect who demonstrated every dangerous trait a criminal can possess? Quite frankly, I am appalled that "sympathies" for a convicted felon that shoots an officer in an attempt to kill him is given equal billing by who is supposed to be the "leader" of the city. There certainly is no such equal billing when she perceives the officer is wrong; only apologies and resolutions against officers. My friend Justin did his job. He was courageous in doing it. He also has to live with it. Statements from city leaders that give equal billing to a criminal that tried to kill him is not very encouraging.
As for ugly, brutal and unnecessary I agree on "unnecessary". It was unnecessary for Dejuan Yourse to try to break into his mother's house, again! It was unnecessary for him to resist arrest. However, make no mistake about it; the arrest was absolutely necessary. Yourse completely controlled how the arrest went down. There is also one indisputable fact. Dejuan Yourse is 100% responsible for his interaction with Officers Cole and Jackson that day. The officers did not put him at his mother's house and plant in him the intent to break in and steal from his mother. The officers did not collaborate with his mother's neighbors and say "give Dejuan a shovel and call us when he gets to the garage". Breaking into houses, refusing to get out of the road or choking a child; the police rarely get there before you do it. Yet, our Mayor and majority of our council genuflect to the whims of antagonists and continue to enable excuse making and creating an environment where taking personal responsibility for criminal decisions goes without consequence.
I have been asked by folks on both sides of this issue what I might have done differently were I the responding officer. Without actually being there and in the situation I can only speculate. I believe that approaching Mr. Yourse, seeing the shovel and knowing the call details I would have handcuffed him almost immediately for an investigative detention. Given what we know from the video and what we now know about his record, I believe that I would have been in a physical struggle with Yourse almost immediately. From the beginning of that video, Yourse knew he was caught. When he perceived the conversation with the officers was about to end in his arrest he immediately started looking for an escape route. Dejuan Yourse was going to fight ANY officer that tried to arrest him that day. It just happened to be Officers Cole and Jackson.
I am appalled too. I'm appalled that this Mayor, City Council and City Manager have consistently and successfully succumbed to pressure for criminal charges to be dropped on these suspects before they are adjudicated. None of them are qualified to make judgments on criminal violations or even to interpret what they are seeing on a police video. They have very much assisted the media in enhancing the atmosphere regarding the mistrust of the police.
I am appalled that Dejuan Yourse and Rufus Scales continue to be portrayed as innocent victims and Officer Travis Cole continues to be vilified even after he has left the Department. Councilperson Sharon Hightower requested that "the charges on Yourse be "expunged" so that people won't see them in his criminal record". No problem Sharon; he had over 50 felony arrests on his record before Officers Cole and Jackson responded to his criminal behavior and even more since. We will hardly notice these wrongly dismissed charges between all of his convictions and recent felonious acts; like choking an infant child. Those who continue to insist Officer Cole is somehow a "racist" because of his unfortunate luck of the draw with these two criminals do not like it when you point out the FACT that Officer Cole received a life saving award for assisting a person of color. He has a history of assisting citizens of all races even giving of his own time and money for projects such as repainting an elderly lady's mailbox after she was the victim of graffiti vandalism. Not that it matters but yes she was African American. Heaven forbid the Mayor, Council, Manager and media err on the side of "thoroughness" and report mitigating factors to go with their embellished aggravating ones. I guess they believe the man lived despite Officer Cole's actions. I suppose the break on a felony charge that Officer Cole gave Rufus Scales at the jail shouldn't count either.
I am appalled that we have lost two good, young officers because our council chose to support and even pay two criminals with histories of deception, choosing to believe their portrayal and those second and third hand renditions of antagonists with agendas over two police officers with no criminal history. Due to their actions and refusal to move on from this incident the media continues to attack these officers though they no longer work with the city. News accounts of the recent arrests of both Yourse and Scales automatically and predictably contained references to Officers Cole and Jackson though neither officer had any involvement in their arrests. Common denominator; Yourse and Scales.
I am appalled that the Council and even the Police Department add fuel to the fire with ridiculous "resolutions" calling for the revoking of Officer Cole's certification. These "resolutions" are a waste of time and amount to nothing more than political grandstanding. The Council obviously does not know the required criteria for Training and Standards to revoke a law enforcement officer's certification. The Police Department SHOULD and should have known that their "resolution" was weak, worthless and displayed to the working officers a loyalty to outside forces over their own.
I am appalled that those who call for "transparency" only call for the BWC video that they want to see. How about the video of Yourse's mother thanking officers for stopping her "son" from breaking into her house again! Transparency is not a one way street.
I am appalled that their is no investigation into the administrative leak that has fed confidential information to Sharon Hightower and Lewis Pitts. Pitts openly opines about "protecting his courageous whistle blower". His source is obviously within the upper administration, is a coward with an agenda and hides behind the safe haven of anonymity. If this "source" had information that was accurate and damning he should fear no reprisal from this council and Mayor as they have demonstrated a gutless determination above and beyond to bastardize the Police Department and its' officers and take the side of radicals and extremists. Yet, no investigation and no information corroborating any of Pitts claims. Is the Police Department and City Council afraid of the results of an investigation into how and who is involved in illegally releasing confidential employee information?
Finally, Mayor Vaughn concluded her "appalled" comments this way;
"This is not the city I want to be Mayor of".
Agreed. I don't want you to be Mayor anymore either. Your actions and allegiances the past few years have been "Appalling"!