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  • Officer Charged in shooting

    This was printed by the AP today.


    By TIM KLASS Associated Press
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    SEATTLE (AP) - A police officer was charged Monday with manslaughter in the shooting of a man after his car was boxed in by police responding to reports of a drunken driver in a restaurant parking lot.

    Everett police officer Troy Meade, 41, was charged in Snohomish County Superior Court with unjustified use of deadly force and recklessness in the death of Niles Leo Meservey, 51, of Stanwood.

    It's the first time a police officer in the county has faced prosecution for a shooting in the line of duty.

    Meade, an 11½-year veteran, was placed on paid leave after the shooting, returned to desk work for a time but is now back on paid leave, according to the newspaper.

    His lawyer, David Allen, said he had not read a 900-page investigative report that preceded the charges but added, "I strongly believe that he acted legally" based on the court filing.

    "Officer Meade is a dedicated police officer. He was faced with a very difficult and dangerous situation in which the lives of police and the lives of bystanders were in danger," Allen said.

    Everett city spokeswoman Kate Reardon said police and other municipal officials would not comment because of a civil damage claim for $5 million to $15 million that was filed last month by Meservey's daughter, Tanda Louden of Holdingford, Minn.

    "While my family takes some measure of comfort in knowing this man will be held accountable for his actions, nothing the city can do will bring my father back to me and my family," Louden said in a prepared statement.

    "Obviously we're pleased that the prosecuting attorney has done what we think is the right thing," her lawyer, Paul N. Luvera, said in a telephone interview. "We still are disappointed that the investigation took four months before even the name of the police officer was released."

    Meservey was shot seven times in the back June 10 as he sat at the wheel of his idling white Chevrolet Corvette, boxed in by three police cruisers in the parking lot of Chuckwagon Inn after officers responded to reports of a drunken driver.

    According to the court filing, another officer at the scene told investigators Meade used a Taser stun gun to try to stop Meservey from moving the car, then opened fire with his service handgun, saying, "Time to end this. Enough is enough."

    According to an affidavit filed in court, another officer at the scene, Steven Klocker, "told investigators that he perceived no immediate or imminent threat to the defendant (Meade), any civilians or himself when the defendant opened fire."

    Witnesses said the car lurched forward over a parking curb and away from Meade, possibly from an involuntary reflex after Meservey was jolted with the Taser, and lodged against a fence and a parking curb before the officer began shooting.

    A witness told investigators Meservey was reciting the Lord's Prayer when he was pulled from the car and died shortly afterward as he lay on the pavement.

    An autopsy determined that his blood alcohol level was .26 percent, more than three times the .08 legal threshold for intoxication. No other drugs or medications were found.

    A probe by state police and local police, as well as witness accounts and other evidence, showed that the shooting "does not appear to have been justified under the law," Deputy Prosecutor Mark K. Roe wrote to detectives in a letter cited by The Herald.

    Following Roe's letter, the case was assigned to two other deputy prosecutors who filed the charge against Meade.

    The damage claim filed on Sept. 22 accused Everett police of recklessness and gross negligence. If the claim is not be resolved within 90 days from the date of filing, it can be refiled as a lawsuit.

    Luvera said there had been no settlement talks.

    "We're primarily after the facts," he said.


    Two other officer's on the scene made the reports that got Meade charged. They are to be commended for their honesty. Every officer knows how difficult it is to report another officer.

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    I saw this on the news the other day but decided not to be the subject starter and I'm going to take the position of both a resident of Everett and a "wait for the facts" person. Many people don't know that in my HO if Everett was twice it's size it might be like Oakland with it's crime rate. I do know some of the guys at EPD and the guys have a tough go at times here and this guy may have not deserved "7" but he did do something.... and until all the evidence is in.........."that's all I have to say about that"

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    • #3
      Way to throw another officer under the bus guys. Enjoy rotting in hell. Justification is decided by IAD and the courts.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by YankeeWhite View Post
        Way to throw another officer under the bus guys. Enjoy rotting in hell. Justification is decided by IAD and the courts.
        I think you got that backwards... Lieing will get you rotting in hell...

        I'd like to keep my job too if i was those two officers.

        "Der Schmerz ist vorübergehend, Stolz ist für immer"


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        • #5
          None of us were there. Did we see if the subject made a motion that might have produced a gun? Was the subject about to slam on the gas and ram another officer? There are variables we do not know.

          There is one thing all cops everywhere know - -you do not put opinions in reports. If you don't know, then you say nothing. Sounds to me like these two officers wanted to distance themselves from the OIS and picked a scape goat - another officer.

          Maybe the officer acted wrongly. I wasn't there. But until its proven, he's still our brother.

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          • #6
            Whatever your views are about this incident let's please not cannibalize one another on this forum over it.
            Disclaimer: The writer does not represent any organization, employer, entity or other individual. The first amendment protected views/commentary/opinions/satire expressed are those only of the writer. In the case of a sarcastic, facetious, nonsensical, stirring-the-pot, controversial or devil's advocate-type post, the views expressed may not even reflect those of the writer.

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            • #7
              It is going to be a difficult case to try. Perception of danger can be different depending on one's immediate fear factor. One may fear immediate threat and another, standing slightly differently, may not see it the same way. It is best to allow this to run its full course. Either way, it is a sad issue all the way around.
              Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence!

              [George Washington (1732 - 1799)]

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              • #8
                Originally posted by YankeeWhite View Post
                None of us were there. Did we see if the subject made a motion that might have produced a gun? Was the subject about to slam on the gas and ram another officer? There are variables we do not know.

                There is one thing all cops everywhere know - -you do not put opinions in reports. If you don't know, then you say nothing. Sounds to me like these two officers wanted to distance themselves from the OIS and picked a scape goat - another officer.

                Maybe the officer acted wrongly. I wasn't there. But until its proven, he's still our brother.
                Like you said, we weren't there. So we don't know if the other two threw him under the bus or not. Aren't they as much our brothers as he is?

                Without commenting on this specific case, I'd like to think that the officers I work with wouldn't tolerate a unjustified shooting simply and would speak up. ANY police action shooting on our department where the suspect dies automatically gets filed as murder and goes to the grand jury. We've never had the grand jury indict anyone, but it still gets investigated.
                I miss you, Dave.
                http://www.odmp.org/officer/20669-of...david-s.-moore

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by CruiserClass View Post
                  Like you said, we weren't there. So we don't know if the other two threw him under the bus or not. Aren't they as much our brothers as he is?
                  +1!

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                  • #10
                    I think the officer's reported what they believe they saw. It will be up to the courts to decide innocence or guilt. I posted this thread for discussion, not to accuse anyone.

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                    • #11
                      Here here. lying is wrong.

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                      • #12
                        This news report is pretty thin, there is no where near enough fact to even discuss these matters.

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                        • #13
                          Sad thing is none of this would've transpired had the doofus not been operating a motor vehicle with a .26 bac. While this normally does not justify lethal force, it remains a fact he put himself (and others) in harms way by reckless behavior. Now he's probably a local martyr. Let's let the courts determine whether or not the response was appropriate.
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                          • #14
                            Without quoting anyone specifically....
                            Are we reading the same article? The 2 officers witnessed a shooting, and they gave their version of what transpired. This is what we all would've done. What would some of you have done, say that you were tying your shoelace when the shooting occurred?

                            No one threw anyone under the bus.

                            A man should never be ashamed to own that he has been in the wrong, which is but saying... that he is wiser today than yesterday. Jonathan Swift 1667-1745

                            It's only a conspiracy when your party is not in power.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by LeanG View Post
                              Without quoting anyone specifically....
                              Are we reading the same article? The 2 officers witnessed a shooting, and they gave their version of what transpired. This is what we all would've done. What would some of you have done, say that you were tying your shoelace when the shooting occurred?

                              No one threw anyone under the bus.
                              Thats what I thought when I read it..........
                              'Evil always wins when Good does nothing'-Anonymous

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