Deadly Jog

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 Posse comitatus

First and foremost, I would like to express my deepest condolences to the family of Ahmaud Arbery and hope that my intent to shed light does not in any way deepen the family’s grief and mourning but be an instrument to assist in achieving justice and perspective. I believe that every person is born with a purpose in life no matter how long or brief that life may be to achieve a higher purpose.

The purpose may be beyond our understanding and reasoning which only deepens our pain, however that purpose may not have been for them to achieve longevity but rather to be the catalyst for the advancement of others. In this situation and situations that are similar, the grand purpose might be to become the straw that stirs the social consciousness and bring about historic change. For whatever reason, some are chosen to be bona fide crusaders to advance a cause greater than themselves.

All law enforcement and prosecutors should know as part of their mandatory training that the only thing that separates the general public and the police in authority is the police’s ability to arrest for misdemeanor crimes and issue citations within their jurisdiction. All citizens have the right to make a citizen’s arrest regarding felony crimes although not recommended and clearly strongly discouraged.

Although that action comes with strong recommendations to avoid making those arrests and is encouraged instead to have minimal contact or interference outside of notifying the police. An off-duty policeman is not even held to the standard of mandatory intervention but only to take a police action which can be as simple as calling the police or transferring information of their observations.

To make a citizen’s arrest in a felony matter you must first have intricate knowledge of what constitutes a felony and the various exceptions that should be considered such as force continuum. The main exception is you cannot legally shoot anyone over property regardless of the property’s value or the felony status of the theft.

Not only do police know this but anyone with a concealed carry permit is taught this as part of their CCW training for receiving a certificate and permit. You also cannot instigate a situation and then claim self-defense or being in fear for life. This information is not only offered by the instructor giving the certificate, but a mandatory state-issued book clearly educating you on the matter. That is why they have police academies and extensive training to distinguish arrest powers.

Civilians attempting to hold someone forcibly on nonfelonies for them refusing to submit to your curiosity and lack of authority is kidnapping. That person is essentially being kidnapped and not even close to meeting the legal threshold needed for a felony citizen arrest. He had no reason or legal obligation to comply with his own kidnapping or legally comply with someone who had no right to confront him brandishing weapons. Kidnapping is not only to remove someone but to also restrict their movements without authority and against their will or consent.

Did this group of self-appointed champions of good know his intent and if he may have been an investor, interested home buyer, had approval, an employee stopping to check, or if he was in fact trespassing? Their knowledge of the law would have to extend to really understanding criminal mischief, criminal trespassing, criminal damaging, vandalism, unoccupied structures, petty theft, and grand larceny to start with in addition to Aubrey’s constitutional rights. He clearly was not carrying stolen property.

None of the above mentioned would grant them the right that they acted upon especially not being directly affected as owners. Did they notify the contractor for confirmation? What was their authoritative jurisdiction? Did they have the minimal legal corpus delicti to affect an arrest, detain him, or make a voluntary request that required him to submit to? What was the evidence of a crime? So now their prima facie probable cause was based on what felony crime they were fairly certain that he had committed. Through their in-depth investigation, did they feel he had to be violently confronted instead of at the very most warned or advised?

Their proliferation of fabricated burglaries in the neighborhood which went unreported had nothing to do with this situation since you cannot burglarize a place with no doors, windows, or encasement to prevent or have the expectation of preventing access or entry. If these vigilantes were aware of the others who committed the same atrocity are they now also justified to hunt them down or how did they confront them?

Were they most likely already aware of others who had done the same but something differentiated Aubrey from them? Were there others with the same violation that were disregarded for their actions because of their race? If he were white would they have reacted differently also overlooking him?  

You would expect a veteran law dog to be a slicker than to be a principal participant in killing someone over property and not even his own property. As a gentleman jogging not using furtive moves, evasive actions that revealed a criminal intent, or any urgency resembling fleeing a crime, then why would it be necessary to confront him in a code red highest threat level pyramid escalation mode with weapons.

Armed private citizens can be assumed to be robbers or an assault attempt. The real police have an obligation to announce who they are loud and clear and advise you of their suspicions when ordering you to comply while in uniform and with a patrol car.  Private citizens demanding compliance while their authority to do so is unknown or nonexistent leads to these sort of issues. That is why citizen arrests are ill-advised unless life has already been endangered.

What was the vigilante’s declaration that would make Aubrey react in fear for his life from a good old fashion roundup or threat of serious physical harm? It seems the only reason for the weapons display was a projected fear by them which was revealed by a premeditated intent to confront him while armed. Even with a numbers advantage while confronting him why would the cowardly lions go that far if they were that afraid.

They could have just followed him until the real champions of do good on the city payroll could have arrived. Having a shotgun drawn for a conversation was not necessary revealing the fear that they claimed was their own creation. Governed by using the minimal force necessary, what were they that afraid of to go even beyond police authority and if they were that afraid why did they?

In law enforcement, there is a natural progression of how things routinely unfold, and this would appear to be outside of that natural progression in the lack of their initial arrest for nearly two months and the appearance of a suspected coverup. This has to stop because it creates a dangerous atmosphere that greatly damages a portion of the public’s trust in believing that you must abide by the law when applied against you although it isn’t applied for you. 

The law must also abide by their own standards when it is broken against you to be applied against another even if they are white. By law, all the affirmative defenses are useless if you place yourself in harm’s way intentionally, are an instigator in the wrong, or third-party defenses that arise out of lack of right or authority with no obligation or danger except that undertaken and created by you.

They exhibited more authority than the police are allowed, and no one had a problem with that, I guess even the retired law dog forgot that he was retired. There are many other exculpatory facts unknown to the public and discrepancies in the stories that cannot be defended.

The examination of tapes or radio transmissions between dispatcher and responders, any separate dispatcher tape and log or notes, landline conversations and texts outside the official system, frame by frame scrutiny of the video taken and visual enhancement to determine specific elements, electronic devices, emails, conversations had and statements made after the fact will surely expose their criminal intent and concealment efforts.

 

 

 

Their story is prone to crack under closer scrutiny exposing their true motivation, racist state of mind, past discriminatory beliefs, validating deceptions, and glaring inconsistencies. The law is specific but frequently manipulated and ignored as a matter of principle when it comes to these incidents on a racial basis and a matter of selective enforcement. This has been the American way.

Others get off on what we routinely are arrested immediately for or are imprisoned. I guess justice really is blind but seemingly only to the facts. Some are routinely afforded concessions that are not made available to us, even while simply jogging.  Some who would state they are absolutely diametrically opposed to racism and categorically deny their hypocrisy still saw no need for immediate arrest for this cold-blooded murder.

Such brazen negligence and dereliction should be accompanied by a firing or resignation in addition to prosecution if a coverup was undertaken. Someone like that despite their personal views cannot be in such a position to exercise that great of a lack of judgment, regardless of their color.

When will public officials be held accountable as a public deterrent definitively demonstrating that it will not be tolerated by public officials? The hypocrisy of it all, not to apply a fair and consistent legal application being obviously stacked to white privilege or law enforcement bias.

The official coverup is almost as egregious as the crime revealing an acceptance and approval for the offender and the offense while a murder did occur. The pain you cannot be made to feel is revealed by your barbaric inadequacies that are reflected by your inaction. Bigotry unfit for public office and a tacit approval condemning your fitness to serve.

As for the vigilantes, there could not be hate without a hater, nor could there be a lie without a liar to tell it. When you are characterized with fear or hatred it reveals the weakness in your mind that you cannot conceal. You absolutely cannot claim to stand your ground or be in fear for your life when you run up on someone trying to put the smackdown and get scared because they didn’t wither.

Why did you initiate a conflict and then cry out to the universe of being in fear of your life but not in fear of your savagery or bigotry? If some crazed bigot chased you down carrying a shotgun and armed with murderous intent, what are you to then think? You were probably outraged that a courageous Black Man still would not submit and cower in the same fear that you showed while consumed by your racism.

If you were a victim of what you are a practitioner of, imagine the victim’s perspective jogging one minute and life slipping away the next paying your price without proof of a crime because you wanted to be a cowboy. By virtue of being practitioners of the unspeakable and those who align themselves with you, all your sympathizers within the system that saw no fault in your actions have exposed themselves and need to be prosecuted along with you.

Considering the violation of human dignity after the murder and essentially the abuse of a corpse by violating all human decency to take a trophy picture and video your escapades led to your demise. Reversing the roles and you would be outraged and rampaging for justice but recommend endless tolerance from us.

Now you want to throw a rock and hide your hand? In fear of YOUR life, what about Aubrey having more reason to be in fear of his life being hunted by multiple assailants? Those officials who aligned themselves with your actions have effectively identified themselves as accomplices after the fact to have attempted to aid and abet concealment of a murder.

No one can be proud of your lack of courage, lack of human decency, and inferiority complex disguised as supremacy that proves nothing is beneath you or your supporters. Devout no doubt in your religion that states thou shall not kill, but still indiscriminate killers because you are entitled, afraid, and think you have a better spoon to be beyond the law.

Needing someone to discriminate against to make you feel better about yourself, but the racism and fear remain even when the numbers are disproportionately in your favor and carrying a shotgun. Maybe the answer to curbing this racism is to give you some spinach like Popeye or a pretend medal like the cowardly lion, perhaps even some decency of character.

Veteran law dog must have forgotten that this is not the 1950’s. Then I guess at least you don’t have to worry about the old neighborhood or your own house anymore, accommodations will be provided for you and hopefully for life.

The contractor whose structure it was is at home eating dinner while you and your vigilante gang are headed to prison realizing now that being the neighborhood enforcer was not your role. Now you are being held accountable for your vigilante murder.

Justice was delayed for over two months and repeated refusals before an arrest were made and proper handling of the murder of an unarmed black man under obvious state murder charges as well as DOJ civil rights hate crime specifications.

Justice will not be complete until the murder conviction and imprisonment of the three vigilantes. The dereliction of duty by police, prosecutors, and district attorneys demonstrating beyond bad judgment after the fact to absolve murder need to be identified and exposed.  Once exposed they need to be prosecuted in accordance with the degree of their malfeasance that undermined their office, positions, legal responsibility, and public trust.   

A prevailing national mentality has emerged from the shadows to reflect seething racism seeking to justify and implement alternative interpretations and unlawful applications of law to ignore atrocious crimes and murder against Blacks. Those whose actions have identified themselves to exercise these mentalities with illegal ramification demonstrate a criminal act that merit prosecution.    

Behind the scenes at the highest levels, the Trump presidency, the dog whistle has been issued in a not so discreet or subtle way stating fine people on both sides. This creates the atmosphere where this racist conduct is encouraged and applauded by the racist puppet master delighted how the puppets dancing on strings are ignorantly carrying out a racist agenda.

The 2020 election in Georgia revealed resistance to lawful changes that didn’t meet your expectations and ignited extreme opposition to the rule of law. The law is to be upheld when contrary to other’s expectations but disregarded when applied to yours or somehow deemed fraudulent when disappointed. The legal process must be equally applied without compromise or variations of compliance by those who enforce it, even if not by those who are governed by it. 

Racist consent no doubt created the atmosphere to draw these bigots out of their vigilante closet. Perhaps politics gassed them up to make America great again by divisive rhetoric, racist tolerance, and assumption of white immunity. Nero, a mad man, was said to have fiddled while Rome burned, he now tweets while America burns, and while you sit in jail. You should have chosen more carefully your actions and your inspiration.

These perpetrators of murder and enablers of these murderers share an overtly appalling commonality which is a blatant mockery of accountability and scorn of prosecution. They are cohorts of the same criminality that both cannot be allowed to go unsanctioned while justice is mutilated to anemic integrity and corrupt contortions.     

Vigilante actions are condemned as circumventing the law and standard of justice when committed undermining the legal system for civilized expectations of conduct and due process. Ongoing and collective intent to minimize this murder transforms individual acts of atrocity into unacceptable systemic indulgences in violation of state law, the RICO Act, Consent Decree investigation, and DOJ hate crimes or civil rights violations.

The murder and coverup investigation regarding all participants should leave them subject to the highest degree of legal condemnation. This is mandatory not only for the loss of Mr. Ahmaud Arbery’s life by murder but the integrity of the legal system to be respected and representative for all.  If not it will be respected by none, those who commit these atrocities and those who refuse to be subjected to them.

 

Thurston K. Atlas

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In fear for your life

Welcome to when playtime is over, our goal is to stimulate thought and conversation, not to convert your perspective. As always for those who are easily offended emotions will not be needed so please check your feelings at the door.

 Deadly Force.

The standard for legal justification of lethal or deadly force is the same for police and civilians but it is interpreted and applied differently. Following the law and exercising your rights must include adherence to the application of the law and the procedures or scrutiny if deadly force is used by you or against you whether civilian or law enforcement. 

The standard default declaration is to proclaim being in fear for your life. The day when that is acceptable as the primary justification for using deadly force has passed and defies objective reasoning or quantification. Fear should no longer be acceptable or a factor for using deadly force but the actual circumstances should constitute a code red threat or tactical disadvantage creating an imminent danger of serious bodily harm or death, not to gain compliance or quell any fear.

Being in fear for your life is very subjective and can be primarily a reflection of your psychological frailty instead of the actual circumstance you are in or confronted with actually being a serious bodily harm threat. Specific physical and mental allowances have to be made for a variance of vulnerabilities, the prevailing circumstances confronted with, and the objectively reasonable response to them but an actionable threat must be the primary reason for any legal lethal force response. 

Realizing that most civilians have uncertainty regarding when deadly force is appropriate and required lends itself to a tendency to erroneously use deadly force based solely on fear, not any threat. Sometimes law enforcement being unaccustomed to high risk or confronted with unfamiliar situations can react with certainty but erroneously or prematurely from fear or anger, not the threat. Force must be reasonable and unavoidable as well as prudent in its exercise where your actions did not create or escalate the threat.

When deadly force is used, the standard for reasonableness even when justified requires it must remain within that which is not excessive. The standard applied by law for both civilian and law enforcement is to use the minimal force necessary to neutralize a threat based upon the known or reasonably perceived circumstances at the time but not to your level of fear.

Your perception is formed by the actual events or circumstances existing at that time and the threat’s ability to carry them out which would result in serious bodily harm to you. It is explicitly forbidden to use deadly force to strictly protect property regardless of the value of that property according to the law. Deadly force is only supported as a counter to serious bodily harm.

The subjective factors that influence the use of deadly force are considerations such as age, size, gender, physical limitations, certain previous victimization, etc. The list is long, but the actual justification must be supported and based on specific factors for the action to be warranted and always from a defensive perspective. 

These many considerations are supporting factors of articulation but not justification for deadly force. The harmful threatening act is the only primary justification that can be legally considered. The rest is just supporting elements of that action or threat. The perception of a serious bodily harm threat must also be of the nature to be carried out at the time of the response.

You must have the fundamental knowledge of what perceptions of a threat you were responding to, why you responded that way, and whether you can legally respond that way with a force that will likely cause serious physical harm or death. It must be a reaction to their actions supported by a reasonable response to a specific pending or imminent articulated threat.  Being in fear should not be the emotional state you are in; it is rather the apprehensive projection of the threat if allowed to progress to a reasonable conclusion.  

You cannot instigate or agitate a confrontation and claim to be in fear of the situation you created. You must remain near blameless in your contribution to the circumstances causing the confrontation. For example, a vehicle moves forward and backward not sideways so if law enforcement knowing this places themselves in the forward or reverse path of a vehicle without escape options then they have essentially created their own danger. Deadly force should not be used instead better judgment should.

Everything articulated should be their actions and your response. You must only do what someone’s actions force you to do. Reacting for your safety must be warranted and justified by your right not to submit yourself to the discretion of whatever misfortune, harm, or criminal intent that may be forced upon you. If placing yourself in harm’s way and then the assumed harm is attempted, then by default you ultimately initiated that attempt. If it was expected to possibly occur knowing the risk and danger you actually allowed it to occur by your actions. 

Deadly force must always be reactionary to a threat unforeseen or unavoidable. Knowing the standards under which you will be judged, feeling confident in your response, and committing yourself to restraint as necessary increases your advantage of legally responding to a deadly threat with limited hesitation and minimal scrutiny. 

Understand that fear is where your concerns and insecurities overcome your confidence and commitment. What may weaken your resolve to resist or survive is strictly subjective to your fear of inadequacy and not a response to the actual threat. Reacting to the actual threat is reacting to the resolution of the threat and not the resolution of your fear. Under this perspective, fear has no place in the equation for consideration of your actions.  

Fear is from within; it is something that you choose to accept and project. Fear is closely related to your level of preparation, familiarity, comfortability, and any unfavorable circumstances present. When these levels are low your fear is high, so fear is more of a reflection of your personal state of mind than the threat confronted with even when lethal action is necessary and unavoidable. There is a distinct difference between a response for your life or being scared and frightened.

Anger is fear projected outwardly and fear is anger projected inwardly upon yourself. No one can account for your or another’s fear, biases, or insecurities.  No one should have to account for why you or anyone is afraid of the dark or an impending danger that does not exist outside your mind.

 

Fear is often a stereotypical or conjured projection causing an irrational override of reality. So, fear must be removed as the primary criterion for using deadly force. Fear is an admission and display of irrational behavior and most likely an indictment of your confidence.

Legal justification is the principal standard and level of responsibility that anyone carrying a firearm consent to by virtue of carrying that firearm and certainly if using deadly force. Insinuated by implication and association are also all bullets fired being accountable to the shooter. It has nothing to do with what is going on inside of you the shooter, but instead what was going on with the person getting shot to provoke and justify that action of being shot.

What did they do to get shot that was a reaction to and material reflection of their behavior?  From the shooter’s perspective, they did this and I responded as such, instead of I did this due to my fear of unwarranted anticipation of an unobserved action or being absent of any overt indication of danger. Much like chess, only one move is made then the opponent must make a move until checkmated. Your move is executed only after the opponent has made their move which you then counter or prevent. 

When deadly force is used there is a legal responsibility to stop when it is no longer necessary even if initially justified. As the threat level changes the adjustment of force must change adhering to minimal force necessary to discontinue the threat. Excessive force occurs when the adjustment is not made or justified in the beginning. That standard applies to less than deadly force as well.  Passive resistance is not a justification for deadly force.

The standard criteria already legally established for deadly force should be firmly applied and enforced with violations fully prosecuted to discourage the motivation and occurrences of its violation by both civilians and law enforcement.  Law enforcement and vigilantism must especially be scrutinized to diminish violations of publicly accepted legal expectations and legally established statutes.

Even cowboys recognized in the wild west that shooting someone in the back or from behind was inherently wrong because it was cowardly and suspect of the threat they posed with their back towards you or running away. Multiple gunshots to the back should be assumed murder absent some extraordinary circumstances and articulation to justify the nearly indefensible. Possessing a gun that is not in a position to be used most certainly falls under the same reprehensible cowardly actions since it is legal in most places to possess a gun.    

In the use of deadly force there needs to be fully transparent investigations and personal accountability according to the governing state and federal laws, police department general police orders of operation, the departmental expectation of conduct and tactics, as well as regarding civilian initiated encounters. Civilians should be vigorously held to the same factually based reactions rejecting their reckless behavior, frivolous encounters, and fear of situations they created or had no legal standing to enforce instead of an imaginary justification of fear.

Being comfortable in situations requires mental preparation to visualize likely scenarios prior to encountering them. Memory retention and muscle memory are then trained by conditioning them where your only concern is then logically and methodically dealing with the threat or circumstances without panic. Lack of knowledge and preparation manifests itself in panic and fear which is prone to overreaction.

Proficiency in your craft whatever it is breeds confidence even if it is baking a cake. Target acquisition is the next issue of paramount importance where you are certain what you are shooting at, why you are shooting at it, with what you are using to shoot at it, can you hit it, and how many times is reasonable to fire to eliminate the threat but not necessarily the person.  

You should not just unload on someone out of fear without being able to articulate why it was necessary. At this point, it becomes suppressive fire without a confirmed target or justified circumstances. Controlling your fear avoids reckless behavior and unreasonable actions which are regrettable or debatable. 

Recent news examples that illustrate the lack of these principles are the Breonna Taylor, Jacob Black, and Duante Wright shootings. In the Taylor case the lack of target acquisition and discipline under stress laying down suppressive fire. The Black case poor tactics and poor suspect control to prevent him from moving contrary to risk aversion and seven shots to the back being excessive to repel the perceived knife threat which had not yet become direct. The Wright case where panic and overreaction mentally short-circuited the motor skills and muscle memory familiarity to perform an act your body knew was wrong but that your mind overruled to grab the wrong weapon.

You can train for stress but only stress simulates stress and fear is always present with the uncertain where you feel unprepared, even taking an exam or an important critical event but fear must be processed and redirected to heighten ability not immobilize it. The first consideration is always to minimize risk to yourself by your tactics to maneuver to minimize danger. You must be proactive to predict, eliminate, prevent, or minimize the risk, escalation, or damage you must do to someone by limiting their opportunity to harm you before deadly force has to be used. You cannot account for other’s actions but are responsible for your tactics and actions so control what you can control, yourself.

Excessive force and deadly force must be responsive to the deafening outrage and continued advancement of transparency and accountability regardless of who the violators are. The public now demands it and the law requires it to be applied equally without prejudice or reservation thereby minimizing the fear that others have for their life in these encounters.

The police must now also police themselves to raise their shared duty of accountability to these known standards and restore public trust to the previous levels enjoyed and beyond. Ongoing training should reflect this and violations should be exposed to protect the integrity of the uniform and profession to establish a law enforcement culture in line with the changing times and respect for life. Civilians must also adhere to a standard of conduct that does not initiate or invite deadly force to stay out of the gray zone subjecting themselves to fear.

Remember to eliminate fear you can practice until you don’t make a mistake but can also practice until you can’t make a mistake to be truly proficient and eliminate fear. It is about taking life seriously to invest the time and resources into training yourself promoting better judgment.

Taken from my forthcoming book the Pointman.

 

Thurston K. Atlas

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