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    Justice

    Normally I don't do this, but I am posting this story in two sections. This story hit really close to several of my co-workers (members here) and I. Justice has been a long time coming. About seven business days from the start of the trial till the death sentence recommendation tonight.

    Shelby County jury recommends death for Pelham cop killer Bart Wayne Johnson | al.com

    R.I.P. Philip and Prayers for your Family.


    Shelby County jury recommends death for Pelham cop killer Bart Wayne Johnson
    Published: Friday, May 13, 2011, 8:26 PM Updated: Friday, May 13, 2011, 8:46 PM
    By Malcomb Daniels -- The Birmingham News


    Bart Wayne Johnson

    COLUMBIANA, Alabama -- A Shelby County jury tonight voted 10-2 to recommend a death sentence for Pelham cop killer Bart Wayne Johnson.
    The jury returned its verdict about 8:20 p.m. after deliberating since about 1:30 p.m., with a two-hour dinner break at 5:30.
    Charles Salvagio, an attorney for Johnson, said it was awfully hard to overcome the death of a police officer, even more so when you have a video of the incident which is extremely startling.
    The death penalty decision hurts Johnson's family, he said, but "they knew this was an uphill battle all the way, and they're good people."
    The jury of eight men and four women on Thursday found Johnson, 31, guilty of two counts of capital murder in the death of 33-year-old Pelham police officer Philip Davis. Johnson shot Davis in the face at close range during a traffic stop in 2009.

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    Good. Let's hope the courts don't chicken out.
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    Phillip was an awesome guy and a great police officer. His was truly one of those situations where there just really wasn't any way for hime to win, instead it was a complete ambush that came just seconds after the murderer said "I understand man you're just doing your job... My brother is a cop."
    His piece of shit brother (who tried to help him escape the crime) is somehow still wearing a uniform, but I dare call him a police officer.

    This case really made me appreciate our DA's office though. There are times that we give them grief about plea bargains and BS "alternative sentencing" but they nailed this one. This doucher went out and got himself a couple Hollywood-esque hired guns, and they got their asses handed to them day after day in this trial.
    The dark cloud still remains over this case to many of though because the brother was not charged... He was arrested at the time of the original incident, but was never formally charged with anything. If he can sleep at night knowing what he did, he's bigger scum than his murderous brother.
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    I wrote this in the Officer Down section the day after we all had to deal with this. I read it over again for the first time since that day and it just slapped me in the face:

    A long day finally over. I debated if I should post this here or in the verified section, but I am about to vent and maybe the public needs to hear some this. I will give my fellow site staff the call if this should move after I post.

    The calls started going out this morning at around 0400 hrs for the on coming day shifters to cover for the city of Pelham. I was called and my wife was left wondering who in the world could be calling this early. I saw that it was the office. I'm in my bed half dead when I hear about what we have. I literally shot up and began pacing as I heard the news explained to me. It slaps you in the face so hard you lose your sense of feeling when it hits close to home. You hear about how Officer Davis was doing his job like so many of us do everyday, and the man was killed for it. Do not try and approach this fact with logic, understanding, any type of rational thought. I tried it this morning as I was in the shower. The exercise in futility caused my hands to shake with anger as I quickly drug a razor across my face. I was told to come in at my normal shift time. I told the dispatcher that notified me that I was on my way well before then. We all were.

    My wife now awake and seeing some invisible sense of purpose driving me, asked what was going on. I told her the basics of what had happened leaving out the details that knew were too much. She knows me, other cops, the realities of the job, and the associated dangers. She has seen the realities from her time in area ERs as a nurse. She looked at me and blankly asked why he was killed for a simple traffic stop. Again, leave the rational thought and reason at home because you will not find it here. What you would find is me thinking about Officer Davis's wife and children as I stared at my wife and told her to go wake our daughter. Events like this make even the most sturdy of us want to hug them both longer than normal as we walk out the door.

    I didn't want to tell my wife why I was leaving so early. I didn't want to explain anymore than I had to for her to know why. Not because I didn't want her to know why I had to leave but because I didn't want to have to think about the reality that I knew existed. Cops can't help but think about the scenario, about what could have happened, or about what could have been different. There I go approaching this logically again. Trying to solve a problem that has passed a chilling finality for two families. I dare say that I can't insert myself into the scenario of the two families destroyed today. I can try, but I insert my own family it becomes to painful to continue doing so. I would wager I was not alone because my thoughts were echoed by hundreds of cops that this impacted this morning.

    An entire stretch of interstate was shut down and traffic had to directed around the crime scene. The reason why had not been released to the media when I relieved night shift guys. People were upset and delayed. Crime scenes can occure at such locations that make things difficult for people in a logical world that makes you want to get to work on time. Officer Davis would agree with you. Hearing people complaining on the traffic reports on the radio made a difficult day harder. We are cops, we live for solving problems and cleaning up messes. Sorry, if giving Officer Davis an escort to Montgomery seemed liked the right thing to do.

    Sorry to all the people that asked me what happened today. That's right, I didn't want to go through the visualization of telling my own wife. I didn't want to do it everytime someone came up to me wanting to hear about the big news this morning. I'm selfish when it comes to the fall of a brother officer. My selfishness was for the benefit of every individual that asked me about this day. I save myself having to rethink it out loud. Yes, it is that much harder to do in comparission to all the thinking I did about it in the privacy of my own head. I also saved the professionalism of my calling that is that of a Law Enforcement Officer. Believe me, the anger that some of you wanted to see is there. The unbelievable level of saddness for the familes that some of you share with me after you learned of what had happened is there. The desire for a logical explaination to all of this is there. Then again I've told you about the lack of logic that is sometimes in the most "routine" parts of an officer's day. Then again I avoided talking to you because I'm saving up for having to verbalize all the thoughts I have had all day to my wife who will be returning from the hospital where she works and heard all the details that I could not tell her myself this morning as I vested up and walked out the door. I pray for God's Grace that she never has to endure the pain felt by Mrs. Davis and her family this morning.

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    Five-0, great post! Having lost 2 brothers in the line of duty, I can say you did well in capturing the feelings and expressing them. I'm glad the primary suspect found that our judicial system does indeed work. Prayers to you & the Davis family.
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    You never forget the moment you hear of an officer down either.

    My first one, where one friend was killed and an even closer friend was shot 5 times before killing the man who shot them both, I had gotten off shift at midnight. I was watching the movie Troy in my bedroom. I got the call at 0237 hours. I got dressed, got back in my cruiser, drove to another officers house to pick him up, then we went to the hospital and stayed there for the rest of the night until we were told that the survivor was out of surgery. My parents arrived in town the next morning.

    The second one, I was at work. He was a deputy in the neighboring county. A state trooper buddy of mine who covered my and his counties called me from the crash scene.
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    As a follow up:

    Bart Wayne Johnson sentenced to death for killing Pelham police officer | al.com

    Bart Wayne Johnson sentenced to death for killing Pelham police officer
    Published: Thursday, June 16, 2011, 2:50 PM Updated: Thursday, June 16, 2011, 3:26 PM
    By Malcomb Daniels -- The Birmingham News

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    Bart Wayne Johnson was convicted of the 2009 slaying of Pelham officer Philip Davis. (Special/Shelby County Sheriff's Office)
    COLUMBIANA, Alabama -- A Shelby County judge today sentenced a pharmacist to death for the 2009 slaying of a Pelham police officer.
    Retired Shelby County Circuit Judge D. Al Crowson handed down the death sentence to Bart Wayne Johnson following a sentencing hearing.
    Crowson said the sentence was a difficult decision but that everything he heard made death appropriate. Johnson's actions displayed a callous disregard for human life and a total disregard for authority, especially since it seemed the officer was trying to accommodate Johnson.
    Johnson apologized, saying simply that he was sorry and uncertain why he acted as he did. Responding to a comment earlier by the judge who said the confrontation seemed out of character, Johnson told Crowson "it was."
    Johnson was found guilty last month on two counts of capital murder for the December 2009 shooting death of Officer Philip Davis.
    A jury that convicted Johnson last month recommended that he receive a death sentence. The jury voted 10-2 for a death sentence instead of life without parole.
    Evidence at Johnson's trial showed that he shot Davis in the face after Davis pulled him over and wrote him a speeding ticket on I-65 in Pelham at around midnight.

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    Im glad he is going exactly where he deserves. I also hope and pray that HIS brother (because he isnt my brother in blue) gets what he deserves one day. If its not here on this earth, he will have to face it when he meets his maker.
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