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Police union weighs in on recent JSO incidents

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Updated: 8/11/2009 6:40 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Action News is learning new information about the carjacking that turned into a police chase that landed one teen behind bars and an innocent woman in the hospital.

Police say 15-year-old Derrick Thomas stole a car, then shot at police when they chased him. A local woman, Nafissah Exantus, became a part of the drama. An officer going after the teen suspect crashed into her SUV instead.

It all started after a wrecked police car smashed into the back of the SUV by her gas tank. The officer was on his way to a manhunt for Thomas.

This is just the latest in a string of incidents involving Jacksonville Sheriff's Officers.

On Tuesday, the police union was weighing in. "I think the police officers responded appropriately and acted in the most professional manner they could. It's unfortunate this traffic crash occurred," said Paul Daragjati, a union representative.
 
When the officer ran into the woman, police say the officer saw dust kick up in the roadway, and couldn't brake fast enough to get around the SUV. Now it's up to investigators with the Florida Highway Patrol to figure out how fast the police officer was going and whether he'll face any charges.
         
Daragjati says he doesn't think the officers did anything wrong.

"When you have these emergency situations, unfortunately things like this happen. It's part of police work," said Daragjati.
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doug1 - 1/5/2010 7:35 AM
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it seems like the jso needs to take driving safety classes. yes, jso must arrest criminals but not at being a risk to pubiic safety. dragster1

Marine - 8/12/2009 10:59 AM
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Another card carrying NACCP memeber. Pajic & Pajic will make a legal issue out of it. Sue the city again and then give out scholarships.

old dog v - 8/12/2009 8:03 AM
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Part of the problem..The low-profile light bars in use today are not as visable as the older ones, and the police cars are smaller. Add the increase in SUV traffic, and you have invisable police. The siren is now more important, but seems to be used less, and too many won't hear it due to windows closed, stereo too loud, cell phones, kids & video in the back. The officers should really lean on their siren, and the rest of us need to keep a window open a bit and be more aware of what's going on in the real world. when you are driving, DRIVE FIRST. All other activities come way after that.

lc5472 - 8/11/2009 7:46 PM
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I am so SICK of people picking on our police departmetn. This thug needed to get caught and if this woman had gotten out of the way it wouldnt have happened. Get a grip people!!!!!
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