Then we top this whole trial and sentencing off with a bond of $100,000 dollars paid in cash????? and a CONVICTED FELON is free awaiting appeal????.[/quote]
Someone else raised this issue too. If bail was set at $100,000, he is only required to pay 10% of that, the remainder if the appeal is unsuccessful. Chances are bail was not set at $1M, and he paid $100,000. The only reasoning I can see behind this is the officer is probably not a flight risk, however I would deny his appeal in a heart beat.
To me the rider looked confused, nothing else. That officer did not have a command voice, look at him, listen to him. He could not speak clearly over a blaring siren, it's impossible. The rider most likely was paying attention to his buddy who lost control when startled by the officers, then he's being yelled at from behind, turned unsure of what was happening, and was shot.
3 minutes is nothing, on my bike people can follow me in the dark, I can't see if they're a cop or not, nor do I care. Generally I assume they're not, because chances are, they're not. Especially if I'm not doing anything particularly illegal. It's entirely possible for me to believe they could have traveled 3 minutes without notice.
And there certainly was not alcohol involved. If there was, you know they would have played the HELL out of that angle.
For the charge, the officer received maximum sentence. However I think it was the wrong charge. I call it assault with a deadly weapon, conspire to commit murder, attempted murder, and toss in disrupting the peace, and harassment to top it off.
Higher standards for LEO
's, if I'm going to entrust my life and safety to you, you had better not be half-assing it, harassing people unnecessarily, and sure as hell not recklessly putting others in danger.
Sorry, I'm Pro-LEO and all, but I have witnessed multiple forms of harassment and abuse of power in my day, and it really gets to me.