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11-22-07, 09:40 AM #1
Nebraska Police Chief Indicted.........
Omaha World-Herald (Nebraska)
LINCOLN -- A grand jury has indicted Crawford Police Chief Rick Thompson on a charge of felony second-degree assault in the fatal shooting of a teenage burglary suspect.
Thompson, 55, was taken into custody Monday night, shortly after a Dawes County grand jury completed seven days of deliberations over the shooting of Jesse Britton on Oct. 3.
Britton, 16, was killed after Thompson and a state game warden, Dan Kling, entered a vacant bar in Crawford to investigate a reported break-in. Kling was not indicted.
Some Crawford residents reacted with shock and outrage at the shooting, which they maintained was not justified and could have been avoided. Britton's family also was critical of Thompson, police chief since 1999, for what they called his aggressive tactics in the days leading up to the shooting.
The boy's mother, Patty Britton, said Thompson had searched her home for her son without a warrant and had seemed to target Jesse in investigating several recent break-ins without looking at other suspects.
"Thank God there is justice in this world," said Dennis Lyons, a Crawford resident and one of the leading critics of the police chief.
Shortly after the incident, Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning had said he was told that Britton had pointed a handgun at the officers and refused to lower the weapon when ordered.
The 16-member grand jury did not issue a report, as is sometimes done, detailing its reason for indicting Thompson.
Thompson, who was being held at the Dawes County Jail, appeared before Dawes County District Judge Brian Silverman this morning. The judge set bail at 10 percent of $50,000 and set several conditions if Thompson is released on bail, including that he not enter the city limits of Crawford.
An arraignment hearing was scheduled for Jan. 8.
The charge he faces carries a sentence of up to five years in prison, up to a $10,000 fine, or both.
Crawford Mayor L.J. Moloney, in a statement, said Thompson had been placed on unpaid leave due to the indictment. The police chief had been on paid administrative leave since the shooting.
"This is no reflection of the guilt or innocence of Rick Thompson. It is just what I feel is in the best interest of the city of Crawford at the moment," the mayor said.
A Crawford police officer, Paul Kimminau, was named interim chief in the town of 1,100.
Crawford is in extreme northwest Nebraska, near Fort Robinson State Park.Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence.
[George Washington (1732 - 1799)]
11-22-07, 09:43 AM #2
And, to follow up...................
BRITTON SHOOTING UNJUSTIFIED; FAMILY PLANS SUIT
11/20/2007 - 09:23:03 AM
CRAWFORD'S POLICE CHIEF WILL BE ARRAIGNED JANUARY 8TH FOR A FELONY CHARGE IN CONNECTION WITH THE OCTOBER SHOOTING DEATH OF JESSE BRITTON.
THE DAWES COUNTY GRAND JURY EXAMINING THE INCIDENT HAS INDICTED RICHARD THOMPSON ON A CHARGE OF SECOND DEGREE ASSAULT. APPEARING BEFORE DAWES COUNTY DISTRICT COURT JUDGE BRIAN SILVERMAN THIS MORNING, THOMPSON ORDERED TO STAY OUT OF THE CITY OF CRAWFORD AS ONE OF THE CONDITIONS FOR ABOND OF 10 PERCENT OF 50-THOUSAND DOLLARS.
THOMPSON ALLEGEDLY SHOT AND KILLED BRITTON OCTOBER 3RD WHEN POLICE RESPONDED TO A BREAK-IN AT THE VACANT FRONTIER BAR. BRITTON ALLEGEDLY REFUSED OFFICER'S COMMANDS TO LOWER A GUN. IF CONVICTED, THOMPSON FACES UP TO FIVE YEARS IN PRISON AND A POTENTIAL FINE OF $10,000.
STATE GAME AND PARKS OFFICER DAN KLING, WHO WAS ALSO INSIDE THE BUILDING AT THE TIME OF BRITTON'S DEATH, WAS ABSOLVED OF ANY WRONGDOING IN THE SHOOTING.
MEANWHILE, A SCOTTSBLUFF ATTORNEY SAYS HE'S PREPARING A WRONGFUL DEATH LAWSUIT ON BEHALF OF BRITTON'S FAMILY. ATTORNEY BOB CHALOUPKA SAYS HE WILL SOON FILE A MOTION TO GET A TRANSCRIPT OF THE JURY PROCEEDINGS.Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence.
[George Washington (1732 - 1799)]
11-22-07, 10:11 AM #3GrasshopperVerified LEO
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WTF? What is missing here?And Shepards we shall be,
for thee, My Lord, for thee,
Power hath descended forth from Thy hand,
That our feet may swiftly carry out Thy Command.
So we shall flow a river forth to Thee
And teeming with souls will it ever be.
In Nomine Patris, Et Filli, Et Spiritus Sancti.
11-22-07, 10:19 AM #4
What's the remaining story? If a gun is pointed, and they refuse to drop it, the normal response IS to shoot.....
Something is definitely missing......
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