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Ottawa Hills officer's trial begins, dash cam vid shown | Video | 13abc.com
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"A never before seen police dash cam video was shown in court today in the trial of an Ottawa Hills police officer accused of shooting and paralyzing a man during a traffic stop.

The video shows Officer Thomas White following Michael McCloskey and his friends on their Harleys. At one point, McCloskey takes off at a high rate of speed. Officer White hits his siren and McCloskey stops his bike.

Officer White ends up shooting McCloskey. Attorneys for White say he believed McCloskey had a gun. However, McCloskey was unarmed and appears docile in the video.

The jury will have to determine if the shooting was justified. White is charged with felonious assault and faces up to 11 years in prison." "The trial of an Ottawa Hills police officer accused of shooting and paralyzing a motorcyclist during a traffic stop continued today.

Today, the shooting victim, Michael McCloskey, took the stand. He says he didn't realize an officer was behind him right before he was shot. He says he heard someone yell out but couldn't make out what was said. Then he heard the gunshot.

After being shot in the back, "I remember begging for help. I remember having my arms out, so he fired out another round. I remember explaining to him I didn't have a weapon and that he was in the wrong for shooting me."

McCloskey's best friend testified that, after he called 911, Officer White didn't help him pick the bike up off of the victim. "I was telling him to get the bike off me. I was worried it was going to ignite on fire. I could tell it was leaking gasoline. I knew I was paralyzed, and I knew, if the bike was going to light on fire, I was going to burn alive," remembered McCloskey.

Office White never seemed to look at McCloskey as he testified. White's lawyer tried to pick holes in the victim's testimony, but McCloskey claimed he never took his hands from the handlebar and was simply putting the bike in neutral when he was shot. However, he admitted to smoking marijuana and drinking prior that night.

White faces up to 11 years in prison if found guilty."
 

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I laughed at the video of the squid blowing the corner and getting tossed around. But then it got really fukn sickening!:banghead I'm sure all the LEO leghumpers will rush to defend him but he should fry!:rockon
 

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looks like the guys are stopped at a light an not even aware that its a pig behind them so they give it off the line as many of us do once in a while. the cop then hits the cherries and they end up stopping, i did not see them trying evade the cop, especially the guy that got shot. He was jsut sittign there holding the clutch in watching the situation taking place across the street with his buddy. With his left hand on his thigh he makes a quarter turn when he hears the pig squeal... wtf is the matter here?

look at the time lapse from the instant they take off from the stop. There is no chase, they just take off and thenthey stop less then 30 seconds later...

felonious assault? seriously? how about attempted man slauter?

I have yet to see the reason to even draw the weapon at this point. it's a routine traffic stop no?
 

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that is scary it happened that fast. no warning, turn the bike off, nothing. the thought of the other video of the guy on the cbr with the plain closed, unmarked cop pulling his gun could have ended the same way.
 

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Shoot him again! Shoot him while he's down! Then beat him with your batton.:rolleyes:

Prison, dude.
That's the kind of stuff people riot over.
 

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Shoot him again! Shoot him while he's down! Then beat him with your batton.:rolleyes:

Prison, dude.
That's the kind of stuff people riot over.
Riot over a Harley rider getting shot--seriously doubt it. 99.9% of population wouldn't give it a second thought and could care less.......That was a bullshit move by the cop though--it will end up costing him his career and the city an assload of cash--to think that if it wasn't for the dash cam in his own car, he would have gotten away with it.........
 

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Baton, taser, OC spray all tools of the trade.
Probability, capability and intent. Once the triangle is closed only then is deadly force an option.
This cop was a terrible example to the profession. He just made everyone's job more difficult. :banghead
 

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He shot him in the back!

The f*cken dirty, yellow, cowardly cunt of a dog shot him in the back.

My ****en hero.:rolleyes:
 

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till they get a hold of this ass clown in prison.......:p
If convicted the copper will likely be in a minimum security facility. No bubbas there that would cause butthurt.

And the guy that is paralyzed? He will never walk again but he'll be a few mil richer. Like that helps the guy....
 

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The second cop car on the scene asap makes me wonder...

Amazing how quickly things can go sideways. Sucks for all concerned but I've got to wonder why the second car was there right away and why the gun was drawn?

No idea how things work in the USA since I never do that kind of riding here or out of country but when cops pull someone over for speeding here they never draw theri guns without cause. Seems there might be more to the story?

Any idea of the victim's background to explain why the cop drew his gun or is that the normal police procedure in the USA? Seemed odd considering the other police car was on the scene right away - makes me think there was more to this than just a routine traffic stop.

Either way it sucks for all concerned...
 

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explain why the cop drew his gun or is that the normal police procedure in the USA?

In the good old USA we basically have 2 types of cops when dealing with motorcycles. The first kind likes motorcycles and won't pull you over unless you're really asking for it. This is 99.9% of the cops.

The other .01% hates all motorcyclist's with an ego so fragile if someone runs from them and they get away it destroys them mentally. This is the one that pulls his gun every time he pulls over a motorcyclist and will shoot you if he thinks you might run from him.

There is a motorcycle cop that patrols my area that has pulled my over twice for speeding and both times he pulled out the tazer and said if I did not stop he would shoot me as I drove by. I think this is a bit ridiculous for speeding.
 

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Have you made any formal complaints?
I would look up that PD and find thier play book.
Then I would patiently build my case and give him just enough rope.:twocents

In the good old USA we basically have 2 types of cops when dealing with motorcycles. The first kind likes motorcycles and won't pull you over unless you're really asking for it. This is 99.9% of the cops.

The other .01% hates all motorcyclist's with an ego so fragile if someone runs from them and they get away it destroys them mentally. This is the one that pulls his gun every time he pulls over a motorcyclist and will shoot you if he thinks you might run from him.

There is a motorcycle cop that patrols my area that has pulled my over twice for speeding and both times he pulled out the tazer and said if I did not stop he would shoot me as I drove by. I think this is a bit ridiculous for speeding.
 

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Have you made any formal complaints?
I would look up that PD and find thier play book.
Then I would patiently build my case and give him just enough rope.:twocents

I didn't make a formal complaint but I did talk to a few officers that I ride with about it. I came to the the conclusion that even though what he did was very wrong it was best not to stir the pot.

On the other hand I found out that he is friends with my step sister and use to date her best friend. I told them about the incidents and I have not been pulled over on the bike for at least 4 years now.
 

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I didn't make a formal complaint but I did talk to a few officers that I ride with about it. I came to the the conclusion that even though what he did was very wrong it was best not to stir the pot.

On the other hand I found out that he is friends with my step sister and use to date her best friend. I told them about the incidents and I have not been pulled over on the bike for at least 4 years now.
GIRL-POWER! :cool:

We had a guy like this in my home town and the same issues existed - one lone gunman with an axe to grind. Just never seen it go this far... Would love to know the history of the cop, how many motorcyclists etal or other bizarre incidents this cop has had.

I keep thinking of that off-duty rambo pulling over and drawing his gun on the kid pulling wheelies. I just wonder if these cops ever wonder what could happen if it was another cop or LEO they pulled that move on.
 
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