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    Fort Lauderdale officer involved in teen shooting has clean record

    By Brian Haas
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel
    Posted May 11 2007


    The Fort Lauderdale police officer involved in the shooting of a 15-year-old boy after a two-county chase has never been involved in a shooting or been disciplined, according to his personnel file.

    But the May 4 chase wasn't the first time the teen fled from police, criminal records show.

    Officer Jason Hersh, 31, joined the Fort Lauderdale Police Department in August 2005, racking up four commendations and earning an "above average" review from supervisors, according to his personnel file. He remains on paid leave.

    The teen, who lives in Lauderhill, was arrested in Fort Lauderdale a year ago by the Broward Sheriff's Office when he fled in a stolen car and caused a crash, according to an arrest report. He is still hospitalized in critical condition. The South Florida Sun-Sentinel is not identifying the teen because of his age.

    The night of May 4, police spotted a car near Sunrise Boulevard on Interstate 95 similar to one taken in an armed robbery. An officer tried to pull the car over but it sped off, reaching up to 100 mph on Interstate 95 from Fort Lauderdale to Boca Raton and back, police have said. The chase ended in a crash near Cypress Creek Road. No charges have been filed.

    Darryl Lewis, a West Palm Beach attorney hired by the teen's family, says police shot the boy in the back from a distance. Sgt. Frank Sousa, spokesman for the Fort Lauderdale Police Department, said that the boy was shot in the top of the shoulder during a close-quarters struggle.

    Hersh's personnel file contains four commendations, two of them from this year: praise from homeless advocates for helping a family who couldn't afford to feed an infant, and kudos for catching a robbery suspect.

    The 15-year-old was arrested June 30 on charges of grand theft auto and fleeing to elude law enforcement. According to the arrest report, the teen refused to stop for a deputy after running a stop sign in the 1500 block of Northwest Second Street in Fort Lauderdale. The teen crashed into another vehicle a few blocks east on Second Street and was arrested. The car had been stolen from Coral Springs two weeks before, the report said.

    Lewis said that Hersh's personnel file and the teen's previous arrest are not relevant to the current investigation. "What matters here, irrespective of how good the personnel file looks, is did [the teen] pose a physical threat to the officer to justify being shot?" Lewis said.

  • #2
    I'd say, good job to the officer's on scene. Maybe the juvinile will think twice next time (and you know there will be one) he runs from the po-lice.

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    • #3
      "Lewis said that Hersh's personnel file and the teen's previous arrest are not relevant to the current investigation. "What matters here, irrespective of how good the personnel file looks, is did [the teen] pose a physical threat to the officer to justify being shot?" Lewis said."

      He only said that because the officer's record was clean and his POS client had a nasty record. Bet that would have changed if things were different.
      Space for rent .........

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      • #4
        They are attacking the officer as a last resort, they have nothing to stand on and they know it so the only recourse they have is to attack the unattackable.
        "I neither approve or blame. I merely relate."- Voltaire

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        • #5
          Nice. Typical double standard applied by lawyers to benefit them. If the cop had a bad file and this was the kids first offense you can bet this attorney would have tried to get that submitted in court. Can't have it both ways.
          Prov 17:17 A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.

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          • #6
            Truth.

            No real mystery. When your client is a dirtball, you put the cop(s) on trial.

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