Did Scottsdale Cop James Peters Really Need to Record His Sixth Kill on the Job?

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Scottsdale cop James Peters
American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona representatives announced yesterday that the organization filed a lawsuit against the City of Scottsdale and the Scottsdale Police Department, related to Officer James Peters' sixth kill on the job.

The officer-misconduct lawsuit will be based on the fatal shooting of 50-year-old John Loxas, who was holding his 7-month-old grandson at the time.

See also:
-Scottsdale Police Department Has Quite a Shooting Problem, ACLU Alleges
-ACLU Suing City of Scottsdale Over Officer James Peters' Sixth Kill
-James Peters, Scottsdale Cop With Six Kills, Approved for Retirement

Additionally, the ACLU alleges that officer-involved shootings are typically "rubber-stamped" by the Scottsdale cops, and have continuously been declared by the department as being "in policy" -- despite plaintiffs in several lawsuits have said otherwise.

Police responded to Loxas' place on February 14 after a neighbo reported that he'd pointed a gun at him.

Loxas was on his doorstep when Peters shot him in the head with a rifle round, killing him instantly.

Police found two guns near Loxas after he died, inside the home.

Loxas wasn't in possession of a gun when he was shot, but was in possession of a "black object" -- a cellphone.

The Scottsdale Police Department hasn't released a final determination in the case, but as you can imagine, there will likely be political ramifications for the department either way.

That said, did Peters really need to record the sixth kill of his 12-year law enforcement career?

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Tommy_Collins
Tommy_Collins

It's not possible for any of us to really know the need for the fatal shot without having been there. The written reporting of the incident really doesn't do justice to the actual incident. A video would help and it's possible there may be a video that will be presented during a civil trial, but it sure won't be anything most folks would want to watch. In any case it would now be in evidence and not available at public request.

 

That said, I'm really glad the officer took retirement and hopefully is no longer involved in any form of law enforcement.

 

JAF, once again, you have no clue about reality.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

Jaffy, Next time your gun rings, make sure you put it to your ear and pull the answer lever.

robert_graham
robert_graham

Yes absolutely!  If what you thought was a gun pointed at you I know you would you have done the same thing or would you have politely asked the dead man, "is that a gun you have because if it is please put it down and don't shoot me".

bdickus2001
bdickus2001

 @Tommy_Collins "It's not possible for any of us to really know the need for the fatal shot without having been there."

 

BULLSHIT!

robert_graham
robert_graham

 @shadeaux14 There will be more officer-involved shootings in Scottsdale and everywhere else.  Tell your friends that when a cop says STOP you better stop or you will get shot.  Hopefully the bullet will be fatal.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

 @JoeArpaioFan so from all your postings we know you advocate shooting into crowds, find rape and child molestation to be crimes unworthy of investigation, believe in shoot first and assese the shooting scenario later, and are a racist. for those of you who claimed him to be a MCSO employee..........sorry for doubting you

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

 @JoeArpaioFan i shot competitively, i shot against cops when i did this. any cop who would act like this would be a pariah among real cops. any shooter who s a serious marksman would tell you this idiot took unnecessary chances. 1 kill is something that could happen in the heat of the moment, 2 times you need to be watched, more than 3 and you are jumpy and should be considered a danger. 6 times and the problem lies in command for allowing him to still be carrying a sidearm 

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

 @JoeArpaioFan I think most of us can distinguish the difference between a gun and a cellphone, except for maybe the "shoot first" police we now have.

Tommy_Collins
Tommy_Collins

 @JoeArpaioFan

 JAF, I have twenty years of law enforcment experience. Two and one half of those years I conducted internal investigations.

 

Your experience is what?

robert_graham
robert_graham

 @danzigsdaddy I advocate fighting crime, pure and simple.  You on the other hand advocate lawlessness and anarchy.

Tommy_Collins
Tommy_Collins

 @danzigsdaddy  @JoeArpaioFanHis comments certainly seem to flow into a certain mold, don't they? I have to wonder if his real name is Sousa or Palmer? Lots of them out and about....

 

robert_graham
robert_graham

 @danzigsdaddy I hope the next time you go outside a gunman takes you hostage and points a gun to your head.  Then when police arrive they say they cannot shoot the gunman because they might get sued.  Then I hope the gunman blows your brains out. Ha ha ha ha.

robert_graham
robert_graham

 @shadeaux14 That is what you want to believe but if you were in that situation you too would not have known.  Besides what was the dead man thinking when he went to reach into his pocket, that he was going to send a text to order a pizza?  Idiot caused his own demise and the officer did nothing wrong.

justme2010
justme2010

what an idiotic reply, and a guarantee you are not nor ever have been a cop.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

 @Tommy_Collins  he's watched lots of T.V.    you know, where every single cop is a crack shot, no innocent bystanders get hit, and nobody EVER EVER shoots the wrong guy. does that count as experience? 

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

 @JoeArpaioFan you really have no clue. you werent just dropped on your head as a baby, they must have shaken that big lipped melon of yours like a spray paint can

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