A JSO officer has been fired for shooting a fleeing burglary suspect in the back. The suspect, Jerrick Hall, lived through the ordeal and his burglary case in Jacksonville was ultimately dropped by the State Attorney’s Office.
Former officer, R. Fraser, is no longer on the force because he used “excessive force”. Sheriff Rutherford said that there is no room for error when using deadly force.
We agree. There are very few citizens in our city or country that are allowed to kill someone with virtual immunity, as police officer are. Their actions should be held to a higher standard than the average person because they are trained to have sound judgment. When an officer’s judgment is shown to be lacking, that officer should not be on the street.