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Posted: 6/24/2016 12:52:42 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 6/24/2016 12:52:58 PM EDT by TylerF]

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3hFJ0DYvY4




GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A Kentwood police officer who shot and killed a suspect armed with a knife in April will not face charges.

In a 15-page news release, Kent County Prosecuting Attorney Bill Forsyth says that Officer Darrin Cline acted, in part, in defense of his fellow officer.

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Cline shot and killed Gulley while attempting to subdue him shortly after the stabbing that killed Gulley’s wife Casey Kempker, 41.

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Forsyth said he was concerned about the response the public might have to the video that shows the suspect being shot after he was on the ground.

The video shows Gulley on the ground, surrounded by officers when the shooting takes place, the sources said. A police dog was on top of Gulley and he was flailing his knife near the animal when a Kentwood officer opened fire.

Gulley died shortly after the shooting.

Forsyth said in his release that it’s possible to argue that Cline’s main focus was the welfare of the K-9, but even so his concern for the dog does not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that he was not concerned for his fellow officer’s safety as well.

In a Tuesday statement, Kentwood Police Chief Tom Hillen said Gulley was given multiple chances to surrender, but "but ultimately, he chose not to do so.” He went on to say the use of deadly force was "the only option left to prevent further violence and protect our community.”

"I thought the officers acted bravely to pursue this person without regard to their own lives and tried to use other means,” Hillen told 24 Hour News 8 Tuesday afternoon.

In preparation for the release of the prosecutor’s findings and video, officers in Grand Rapids have been alerted about a potential response from the public.


Link Posted: 6/24/2016 2:28:02 PM EDT
Embarrassing. The dude was on the ground and under attack by dog.
Looked like he had already dropped the knife prior to/in the process of falling forward where it look like he dropped the knife.

He should have tossed the knife over to the sidewalk much earlier though.

Perp was done in by lack of judgement on his part in the first place.
If knife was in perp's hand while horizontal position on ground perhaps a PR24 strike to forearm would have been more appropriate than a shot that could have ricocheted and hit dog that was in danger from knife if he was flailing knife at time of shot.

Detail is just too hard to see on these films.




Link Posted: 6/24/2016 2:35:19 PM EDT
Why people feel entitled to wave a fucking deadly weapon at police and expect not to be shot is the pinnacle of the stupidity pyramid to me.

There's a culture out there that essentially teaches that you can do whatever you want and the police can't hurt you.

As shown it's not the case.

Good shoot.
Link Posted: 6/24/2016 2:46:36 PM EDT
Looks like he tried to stab dog, police dog, good shoot. Sucks to be stupid. Don't stab police.
Link Posted: 6/24/2016 2:48:53 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By fargo007:
Why people feel entitled to wave a fucking deadly weapon at police and expect not to be shot is the pinnacle of the stupidity pyramid to me.

There's a culture out there that essentially teaches that you can do whatever you want and the police can't hurt you.

As shown it's not the case.

Good shoot.
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It's even rampant here in GD. "He wasn't THAT close to the officers with that knife! Bad shoot!"

Hell, there are a few who demand that police officers be taking incoming fire before they should be allowed to shoot.
Link Posted: 6/24/2016 2:53:08 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By vanilla_gorilla:



It's even rampant here in GD. "He wasn't THAT close to the officers with that knife! Bad shoot!"


Hell, there are a few who demand that police officers be taking incoming fire before they should be allowed to shoot.
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Originally Posted By vanilla_gorilla:
Originally Posted By fargo007:
Why people feel entitled to wave a fucking deadly weapon at police and expect not to be shot is the pinnacle of the stupidity pyramid to me.

There's a culture out there that essentially teaches that you can do whatever you want and the police can't hurt you.

As shown it's not the case.

Good shoot.



It's even rampant here in GD. "He wasn't THAT close to the officers with that knife! Bad shoot!"


Hell, there are a few who demand that police officers be taking incoming fire before they should be allowed to shoot.

Couldn't they have shot the knife out of his hand instead?
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