Scottsdale Police Department Has Quite a Shooting Problem, ACLU Alleges

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Scottsdale police officers have had quite a few questionable shootings in recent history that have been determined by the department to be justified.

That -- along with Officer James Peters' involvement in a sixth fatal shooting -- is why representatives of the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona announced that they've filed a lawsuit against the department and the City of Scottsdale.

See also:
-ACLU Suing City of Scottsdale Over Officer James Peters' Sixth Kill
-James Peters, Scottsdale Cop With Six Kills, Approved for Retirement

The ACLU, along with Alexandria Loxas, filed the lawsuit specifically in response to the fatal shooting of Alexandria's father, 50-year-old John Loxas.

Alexandria Loxas went beyond stating that her father had been killed as a result of Peters' poor judgment, as she said her father was essentially used by Peters as "target practice."

"Not only is my father gone...this tragedy will affect the rest of our lives," said Loxas, who was also referring to her then-7-month-old son, who was in John Loxas' arms when Peters shot a rifle round into Loxas' head.

ACLU representatives, sitting next to a timeline chart of Peters' seven shootings in his 12-year career, compared his involvement in a sixth fatal shooting with a 2008 shooting involving Scottsdale cops.

In that shooting, two SWAT team officers shot a man named David Hulstedt in the back. In that case, Hulstedt had a child in his arms and was unarmed when police shot him without warning, ACLU legal director Dan Pochoda described.

An internal review by Scottsdale police found officers' actions in that case to be "in policy," but the family sued in federal court -- and won.

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danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

BANG BANG                                       oh yeah, FREEZE! SCOTTSDALE P.D.

cugagcmu80
cugagcmu80

The ACLU defended Rush Limbaugh, now how stupid do you think the organization is, JAF?

www.thesmokinggun.com/documents/crimeaclu-stands-rush-lumbaugh

Avery Marx
Avery Marx

its scottsdale PD, not the mcso, so im ok with this.

fairymagic13
fairymagic13

Please find below a link to the Wikipedia page for the ACLU.  JoeArpaioFan says the ACLU is nutty and clueless.  He's right on the nutty part (have you SEEN the ACLU Follies they have every year - it's hilarious!).  However on the clueless part of his statement, he/she is certainly misinformed.  Get some knowledge JAF - it will set you free.  Did you know the ACLU got the Supreme Court to stop the Catholic Church from banning books and movies?  I did not know that.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aclu

Dain Quentin Gore
Dain Quentin Gore

It's really not that bad. Unless you get murdered by the Police...but the same could be said of nearly any major city.

robert_graham
robert_graham

The nutty and clueless ACLU is at it again I see.  They will try allege anything just to make a name for themselves even if their accusations are untrue.  Scottsdale is doing the right thing because there are bad people there that deserve to be shot. The shootings were justified. If people don't want to get shot they should not make threatening gestures towards police.  It would be nice if an ACLU member gets robbed at gunpoint and when police respond they tell the victim they cannot shoot for fear of being sued.

Pauliejuanakraquer
Pauliejuanakraquer

this guy's face should come up when you google the word "pig".

 

DPSnAZ
DPSnAZ

 @dominatornaz_sgt Does anybody read body language anymore? Anybody pay attention the the guy's eyes?! To me he is a brain dead killer !

robert_graham
robert_graham

 @cugagcmu80 The had no choice but to defend Rush Limbaugh because he speaks free speech or they would have been torn apart.

Shadow-Wolf
Shadow-Wolf

 @cugagcmu80 No. It actually makes Rush Limbaugh, the KKK and other right-wing fruitcakes who are critical of the same organization they come crying for help---hypocrites. No need to hope for ACLU to win this one. It's already a slam dunk case. Someone in the SDP needs to keep a leash on some of it's violent officers.

Shadow-Wolf
Shadow-Wolf

 @JoeArpaioFan Just wait till one of it's "James Peters" from the SPD fires a round into your numbskull. What will you do next? I think we all know the answer to that.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

 @JoeArpaioFan and as some stupid shit trigger happy cop starts shooting through the hostages while trying to play john wayne, you find nothing wrong do you? your father should have spent that 50 cents for a condom when he met your mother, it would have made the world a smarter place

fairymagic13
fairymagic13

 @JoeArpaioFan What kind of sick mind thinks like you?  Joseph Goebbels that's who.  Propaganda is your stock and trade - Repeat a lie often enough and in entertaining ways and people will automatically believe it.  You can say and write what you want but we won't fall for that crap anymore - We know what Propaganda is and we can easily counter it with more factual information than you can produce our false bigoted offal.  You're out as a person of influence in Maricopa County and so is Joke Arpayaso come November. 

 

wikipedia.org/wiki/Nazi_propaganda

 

wikipedia.org/wiki/Goebels

 

BTW - Did you like that time that the ACLU defended businesses from Christian oppression?  Requiring businesses to be closed on Sundays - how un-american is that!

robert_graham
robert_graham

 @Shadow-Wolf  @cugagcmu80 No, someone needs to keep criminals in check.  More officers like him are needed everywhere so people like you cannot be reckless and think you can threaten and get away with it.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

 @JoeArpaioFan  the ACLU isnt suing to make illegal immigration legal, so that makes you the clueless one. they are suing over racial profiling among other things 

robert_graham
robert_graham

 @danzigsdaddy Do you find nothing wrong the fact that the dead idiot had a weapon and was threatening the officer?   What was he supposed to do, sing and dance and clap and praise it? SWAT sharpshooters could shoot a pea off your nose without killing you.  That officer knew the child was not in danger of being hurt and was right.  the officer had no idea if what turned out to be a cellphone was not a real weapon.  the dead maggot should not have reached into his pocket.  there is no case here, it's all about money and likely staged as suicide by cop.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

 @JoeArpaioFan  the only thing that would happen with more cops like him would be the constant changing of the city population sign and a big increase in wrongful death lawsuits. it wouldnt be long before he started hitting innocent civilians and other cops.   

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

 @JoeArpaioFan  there have been cases where cops are hit by other officers in the crossfire idiot, so according to you, cops and innocent bystanders desreve to be shot ? because you also seem to think every cop is a crack shot who doesnt miss, so they must have been aiming at the other cops and civilians

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

 @JoeArpaioFan read it again, he was UNARMED. so it probably was STAGED as suicide by cop. staged as meaning MADE TO LOOK LIKE, A FALACY, A DUPLICITY, NOT REAL.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

 @JoeArpaioFan and therein lies the problem you idiot, he wasnt a swat member. if he was there wouldnt be as big of a problem (but it WOULD still be an issue) HE WAS A PATROL OFFICER. there are plenty of cops who read this and post, ask them what they would do. this cop is a danger to innocent people, other cops, and even the victims of the crimes they are responding too. this cop was taking unnecessary chances with the lives of everyone involved. just because you carry a gun does not make you a sharpshooter. this cop not being anything but a patrol officer does not make him qualified for deciding when to make shots like this or to make them,  ANY LEO WHO ISNT A TRIGGER HAPPY MENTAL CASE WILL TELL YOU THIS. there are plenty of them out there, ask one. until then you remain a fucking idiot who would never make it through boot camp, never make it through the police academy and more than likely would even get drummed out of the boy scouts. quit watching so much T.V. and try reality

fairymagic13
fairymagic13

 @JoeArpaioFan HISOdfhiohi;FWEIOHKSD:LFjsft - Did I just see you write what you just wrote?  That is the first halfway logical thing I have EVER seen come out of your fingertips in the entire time you've been posting here!

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