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Old 12-08-2014, 02:14 PM
 
Location: Denver and Boston
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Summary: on 11/3/14 at the intersection of Colfax and High St. police on bicycles were escorting a protest March by high school students against Police brutality against minorities in Ferguson MO. At the intersection of Colfax and High St. witnesses observed a man in a Black Mercedes honking his horn in support of, and cheering on the student protesters, Witnesses then observed the car accelerate hard from the stop and steer into 4 officers riding bicycles (but no one else). The driver, Christopher A. Booker, claims to have had an epileptic seizure, of which he claims to have had three prior such seizures. Booker also claims to have no memory of the incident. Driver Who Struck, Injured Denver Cop Says He Suffered Seizure CBS Denver One officer remains in critical condition. (no, I have not personally spoken to the witnesses, these are news sourced accounts)

Bottom line is, I am not believing him. I think he should be prosecuted for attempted murder, and I think he should be prosecuted for a racially motivated hate crime, but I have no wild expectation of the later.

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Old 12-08-2014, 02:22 PM
 
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I'll wait until the accident investigation report is completed to form an opinion.
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Old 12-08-2014, 06:20 PM
 
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I'd like to see his medical history and reports, medications he may be taking and prior meds, history of seizures, arrest record (if any), background interviews from people who know him, witnesses interviews, his DMV record, traffic accident to detail . . . much too early without that information.

However, right after the incident when several at DPD said it did appear to be an accident, the Denver PPA came out and said some students were yelling "hit him again" This was never substantiated.

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Old 12-08-2014, 07:11 PM
 
Location: Arvada, CO
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What reason would he have had to have done it on purpose?
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Old 12-08-2014, 08:20 PM
 
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What reason would he have had to have done it on purpose?
And if I were trying to kill or injure someone by running him over, after I ran him down I think I'd drive away from the scene.
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Old 12-08-2014, 08:27 PM
 
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I'd like to see his medical history and reports, medications he may be taking and prior meds, history of seizures, arrest record (if any), background interviews from people who know him, witnesses interviews, his DMV record, traffic accident to detail . . . much too early without that information.

However, right after the incident when several at DPD said it did appear to be an accident, the Denver PPA came out and said some students were yelling "hit him again" This was never substantiated.
I work often with the first responders who provided medical care to Officer Adsit and they clearly heard the students who were protesting, cheering and yelling "hit him again," among the other obscenities they were chanting.
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Old 12-09-2014, 01:56 AM
 
Location: Arvada, CO
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And if I were trying to kill or injure someone by running him over, after I ran him down I think I'd drive away from the scene.
Yeah, I just don't see the motive.
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Old 12-09-2014, 03:37 AM
 
Location: Bellingham, WA
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So, let me get this straight- the theory is either:

A) An angry 41 year old black man planned out the attack in advance after finding out that high school kids would be protesting and determined where the white bike cops would be, then carried out his plan to wreck his car and take out as many police as possible.

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B) An angry 41 year old black man was driving down Colfax when he approached the protest. Fired up by teenagers marching against Ferguson and blinded by rage, he decided that it was the right time to show off for them AND exact societal revenge by gunning it into a couple police officers before wrecking his car.

Do you really think either of these scenarios is plausible? I know tensions are high, but to insinuate that a grown man would ruin his life by publicly trying to kill police officers through a coordinated attack with teenagers sounds or pumped up by their cheers sounds really far fetched.

He very well may have honked his horn when going by the protestors, but so what? He also may have honked his horn to try to warn others of this medical condition. It's rare but really not that unusual for medical conditions to occur while people are behind the wheel. Heck, when I was younger I remember witnessing a huge wreck that was caused by the driver of an 18 wheeler sneezing and running into a median and other cars. In any case, I fail to see any evidence that he did it intentionally or that there was a good motive for him to try to kill.

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Old 12-09-2014, 08:06 AM
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Anything is possible.
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Old 12-09-2014, 08:55 AM
 
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I work often with the first responders who provided medical care to Officer Adsit and they clearly heard the students who were protesting, cheering and yelling "hit him again," among the other obscenities they were chanting.
Having been a police officer, the following is noted and I believe you will agree with me that "Brothers in Blue" always back each other . . . . and first responders who forge a bond with law enforcement from their daily contacts with said officer will support their claims. Further, when a law enforcement is injured in the line of duty, the majority will always support the officer. However, as I recall, even Chief White said the chants of "hit him again" were not sustained. Now, Chief White as an administrator can be at odds with the union since when he seeks to terminate an officer, he is aware he will be fighting the union over the termination, but in this incident he appeared to have distanced himself from the allegations of the union representative at the time the union rep made such a statement.
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