Overzealous Cop Mows Down Pedestrian While Attempting Traffic Stop

Via The Daily Bell

Government actions have unintended consequences. Even something as simple as trying to pull over a suspected drunk driver.

Tragically, a man was struck and killed by a vehicle early Sunday morning in St. Augustine Florida. It happened when a police officer started to pursue a suspected drunk driver.

But it wasn’t a drunk driver that struck and killed the man. It was the police officer behind the wheel of his cruiser who killed the innocent pedestrian.

As the cop whipped his car into a U-turn to pursue a vehicle for a traffic stop, he struck and killed a man crossing the road with his bike. The officer’s lights and siren were not on at the time. The man had no warning, and could not have predicted that the cruiser would reverse direction and slam into him.

To cover the cop’s tracks, the police and media tried to blame the victim,

[Florida Highway Patrol] investigators believe the pedestrian, Vincent Kinslow, 33, was impaired when he walked out into the road.

He was taken to Flagler Hospital where we was pronounced dead.

Kinslow was homeless and had been arrested in the past for DUI and battery.

What do his past arrests and homelessness have to do with him being killed by a police officer? Nothing. These are attempts to dehumanize the unintended victim of police carelessness.

And a witness report indicates that the man did not drunkenly stagger into the street as the perpetrator’s fellow officers imply.

The two men were crossing the road walking their bikes when the police officer pulled a dangerous and irresponsible maneuver without bothering to look where he was going, without taking the time to turn on his emergency lights and siren.

“The only thing I heard was a smash. I heard that, I dropped my bike and turned around, and I see him laying in the middle of the road,” said witness Andrew Pannell.

Pannell said he’s known Kinslow for many years and he was crossing just ahead of him when it happened…

Pannell said he had hoped to get his friend back on his feet.

“I got off the streets myself. So I was taking him and his girlfriend in to Vilano, in my little condo. But then this happened,” Pannell said.

He said Kinslow will be missed.

“Everybody loved him. He’s a very good guy. A hard worker,” Pannell said. “I just, I still don’t understand. I’m just having a hard time with it right now.”

Police have the power to detain suspected drunk drivers in the name of saving lives. And surely sometimes they do save lives.

But in this case, the officer turned out to be the deadly danger to civilians, not the alleged drunk driver.

Maybe it is time to think about the consequences of prosecuting victimless crimes. Yes, even drunk driving. Police are so overzealous that they hurt more people than they help.

Absolutely punish those who irresponsibly drive drunk and hurt or kill others. Throw the book at them! Being drunk does not excuse behavior that hurts others.

And neither does being a cop.

Does getting a DUI really keep people from driving drunk anyway?

One man was arrested for driving while intoxicated four times. And still, he never crashed or hurt anyone. Despite this, he was sentenced to 25 YEARS in prison, without the possibility of parole!

We’re not defending his actions. Driving drunk is irresponsible. But so are a whole host of other behaviors. We should not punish pre-crimes, we should hold people accountable when their actions harm others.

Yes, even cops. Especially cops.

Because cops hitting pedestrians while overzealously pursuing suspects of victimless violations is a small matter compared to the abuse suffered by people at the hands of SWAT teams.

In December a man was shot and killed by a SWAT sniper when police were called to his home as a prank. The officer was cleared of misconduct.

SWAT teams have got themselves and others killed when they bust down doors without knocking over reports of a couple weed plants. Often they find no evidence.

SWAT teams have burned a child with a stun grenade when they failed to properly surveil the property. As usual, they blamed the victim’s mother for the third-degree facial burns they caused to her two-year-old boy.

It doesn’t matter how good the intentions, overly aggressive policing gets people killed.

And allowing people to be assaulted and caged for victimless crimes is a travesty in itself.

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Comments

Pickleton Tue, 06/19/2018 - 13:44 Permalink

"What do his past arrests and homelessness have to do with him being killed by a police officer? Nothing. These are attempts to dehumanize the unintended victim of police carelessness."

 

This is the same thing the so-called "limited-govt" side of the aisle does, every time cops murder people while screaming "stop resisting" bullshit. 

vato poco JRobby Tue, 06/19/2018 - 15:46 Permalink

this just in ...

the cops had seized the dead guy's computers. you know: to get to the bottom of this whodunnit and serve the public. 

3 hours after they took the computers, they announced they'd found kiddy porn on them, so, you know .... it turns OUT that running the guy over was actually good thing! medals and raises and promotions for all!!!

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Mr. Universe dizzyfingers Wed, 06/20/2018 - 10:41 Permalink

I had the pleasure of having a CHP come to my door last week. My wife had parked our old Toyota across the street and went to camp for a week. CHP tell us it has been reported as abandoned by someone. This someone is a libtard do gooder who thinks she can run the whole neighborhood. My wife tells him fine, we shall move it. I said something about why does this happen less than 50 feet of my house? The CHP then goes all legal on me, telling me he can just tow the car and he didn't even have to tell us blah blah doing you a favor BS. I know they can't tow until they tag it, then wait 72 hours. I don't argue with the dude but thank him for his time and wish him a nice day. He tries to keep talking but I tell him , so long, good day until my wife speaks up. The CHP then tells me I'm being rude (an escalation lie) so I back off and let wifey talk him down. The little prick was begging for escalation. As he drove away he failed to notice he was parked behind an unregistered pick up left on the street for weeks at a time...

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rrrr Mr. Universe Wed, 06/20/2018 - 14:28 Permalink

Resisting arrest in any form, or just being suspected of resisting the police in any way, or being imagined so, is a capital offense in the USA, and the police man you are perceived as resisting is also the judge, the jury, and the executioner. Your side of the story will not be presented to anyone, and there is no appeal.

The above is a type of action correctly attributed to a body of law that is abusive, grossly irresponsible, and the product of minds that are profoundly insane.

It is only a matter of time before something dramatic happens; either that, or we all sink slowly into a primitive, increasingly barbaric state of existence together.

If nobody does anything to correct this, the time will come when everyone will be afraid to be outside at night, and what they will be afraid of is the police.

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Snaffew JRobby Tue, 06/19/2018 - 17:08 Permalink

Yup, I knew a guy in Stuart Fl who had 3 drinks in him---the cops pulled him over, 2 other cruisers pulled up, and 5 of these pigs beat the guy to within an inch of his life.  This was not an arrogant dickhead, but a meek middle aged man.  I usually try to take a person as they come and don't judge, but cops---I look at them all as dickheads and proceed with the utmost caution.  I hate pigs.  I went to 3 cop weddings and was basically the lone civilian listening to these jagoffs tell their stories---fucking douchebags.

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salv0 Superlat Tue, 06/19/2018 - 21:49 Permalink

Hey super dumba.. I have little respect for overzealous or cops in general but many of the vets that served in the mideast turn out to be the best because they tend to try to defuse the situation instead of killing everyone in sight as most incompetent cops do .There are rules of engagement that require they cannot kill or abuse civilians ,they tend to be more concerned in dealing with civilians in tense situations than most cops that consider the US a war zone  and more likely to consider someone of color with equal respect than most police depts (St Paul ,  etc. Minn that appear to target blacks as thugs). Have you been in Iraq or Afghanistan ?? I was in both for close to 6 yrs before 2012 I dealt with these vets everyday and have also seen the punishment handed out to those that kill or abuse civilians. So quite honestly dumbas. you do not know what you are talking about another armchair idiot who has never been there!!!!!

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divingengineer salv0 Wed, 06/20/2018 - 00:12 Permalink

No they don’t, most of the cop shootings that are totally over the top are “veterans”.

They are unbalanced and should be prohibited from owning guns, much less carrying them with the power of arrest.

Medicate those poor sick sons of bitches, don’t make them cops.

When you lose your value of human life and respect for justice you are no longer qualified to be a peace officer. 

PEACE OFFICER, not judge Dread.

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RedBaron616 Tue, 06/19/2018 - 14:44 Permalink

"We’re not defending his actions. Driving drunk is irresponsible. But so are a whole host of other behaviors. We should not punish pre-crimes, we should hold people accountable when their actions harm others."

Brilliant philosophy. Drive drunk all you want until you kill someone. THEN we'll prosecute you. However if it were your relatives killed, I suspect your philosophy would go out the window.

Consuelo Tue, 06/19/2018 - 15:36 Permalink

Although we do not know what was in the officer's mind at that exact moment in time, it is the attitude of the LE hierarchy which needs a tune up...