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Updated: 4/07/2010 4:12 pm
Jacksonville, Fla. -- Action News obtained the personnel files for all five officers involved the shooting of two-year-old Daniel Crichton.

There are hundreds of pages in the officer's personnel files. For the most part, the officers have a lot of positive comments from superiors and a lot of commendation letters. But there are some other things. For example, one was caught disposing of a knife, which is against JSO policy.

There was crime tape and police cars everywhere. It was a chaotic day after a man robbed a bank on Baymeadows road. A car was full of bullet holes and inside it, a child hit and wounded. Forty-two rounds were fired by the five officers that day.

Action New spent hours pouring through each page of the files. Some of the officers have awards like Officer of the Month and Lifesaving award. But there are also complaints. One drove out of the county with a police car. Several officers have been to counseling and put on unpaid leave. One was even accused of mishandling a call.

The new information from JSO shows three of the officers are back on the street and two are doing desk work. Here's how their investigation works. All of them were put on administrative leave after the shooting. JSO says before returning to duty, a psychologist has to do an assessment. Then, if JSO decides there are no policy violations, the officers may be returned to regular duty.

Two-year-old Daniel Crichton is still in the hospital, fighting for his life. He was hit twice while in the car with his mother, Joann Cooper. The suspect, Jeremiah Mathis, was shot and killed. Police say he had just robbed a bank and tried to jump in Cooper's car to get away.

The only officer who didn't have any red flags in his file, was Officer Griffith, but he's only been on the force a year and is still a recruit. The state attorney's office says they're still doing their own investigation, trying to figure out whether the shooting was justifiable. It'll be up to that office on whether any charges are filed.    

The sheriff is planning a news conference for Thursday afternoon to talk about the investigative process that occurs in these cases.
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kpcatman - 6/3/2010 5:30 PM
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its people like jaxgirl that give yhe police so much room to do the wrong thing.most cops are not good and honest and at least the sheriff knows that and will do something about the two who need to be fired.I basically hate the police and dont trust them.oh yeah i hate people like jaxgirl as well

JaxGal - 4/7/2010 10:14 PM
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There was NOT only one of them .... there were 5 officers that shot the 42 rounds. Re-read it!!

price - 4/7/2010 8:35 PM
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It is not about the JSOs doing there job it is how they did it 42 times, glad there was only one of them

JaxGal - 4/7/2010 2:48 PM
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42 rounds from what was it .. 5 officers? That is approximately 8 shots per officer. Which is NORMAL!! Everyone is blowing up the hype on 42 rounds ... but it wasn't from one officer!! 5 officers were DOING THEIR JOBS!! How would you feel if the robber had gotten away and KILLED the kid in the backseat, which is probably what would have happened. Or he could have killed MANY more people!! Props to JSO for shooting at the scum. All these people who are saying negative things about JSO will think twice when someone harms themselves or their families ... at a fast food restaurant, pumping gas, at the bank, etc etc. Then they will be BEGGING for JSO for help and for charities I'm sure. Karma - what goes around comes around.

billyjack5151 - 4/7/2010 12:15 PM
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JSO is unaccountable to no one, but themselves. This is not how a democracy works. Government agencies require and demand civilian oversight, and there is none with the JSO. There have been several Police shootings that are very questionable and the questions are never answered. We need Accountability and now before something even more tragic happens in the future. As long as JSO knows its unaccountable, then its business as usual - shoot em up - Judge/jury/Executioner on the spot. If you want a 'gestapo', then you may soon get your wishes. We need a Citizens Review Board and Quick! and the very nerve some of you criticizing journalists for looking into police records. KUDOS! to finally some investigative journalism for a change. Too bad though that police records are routinely cleared and most bad things don't ever show up. These officers needed to be charged for manslaughter. There is no place in America for this sort of police action. We need Accountability now before its too late!

barometer - 4/7/2010 8:56 AM
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Lets assume that every "reporter" "newsperson" had every negative comment or complaint about them talked about in public. That is of course just a few negative "RED FLAGS" . Including stories where simple adjectives were used to inflame the reader. I would love to see that written about, because it happens all the time. Especially when writing about the police. Just try to fill their shoes.

knightshade - 4/7/2010 8:55 AM
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i'm sorry but 42 shots into a car full of people, is way too much. seems like they didn't care who was also in the car as long as they got the guy.

leroyjones - 4/7/2010 7:51 AM
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If you don't like what the JSO is doing and HOW their doing it, Volunteer your ASS to go out there and do their JOB!

TIYABOO904 - 4/6/2010 11:59 PM
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PLEASE DONT TELL ME ONCE AGAIN JSO OFFICERS ARE GETTING AWAY WITH YET ANOTHER MUDER AND SHOOTING A CHILD I KNOW THEY WHERE IN PURSUIT OF THE SUSPECT BUT 42 ROUNDS IS THAT REAL NESSARCY HOW MANY TIMES DID THE SUSPECT SHOOT BACK?????? YEAH THATS WHAT I THOUGHT NOW THE OFFICERS ARE BACK ON DUTY A CHILD IS STRUGGLING FOR THEIR LIFE. I CANT EVEN KEEP COUNT ON HOW MANY MUDERS HAVE HAPPEN FROM POLICE SHOOTING. TO PROTECT AND SERVICE. NOT SENSELESS KILLING.

GAPOPO - 4/6/2010 11:47 PM
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I am a Police Officer in Georgia, JSO did not intentionally shot the child. It's horrible that a child was hit. I feel for the parents and the pain they must be going through. Now your "Action New spent hours pouring through each page of the files" Please report major disciplinary action taken against the officers if they had one, not mishandling a call, driving out of the county, complaints. My Goodness, Polce get complaints all the time even when we do the right thing and the people dont like how it is handled they complain on you. JSO did what was right and were handling a major felony in progress! I do not trust reporters for reasons like this. Digging to find dirt like you found is not reporting the news it is filler to occupy time.
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