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Sheriff explains why JSO officer won't get his job back

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Updated: 9/18/2013 7:05 am
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- One less officer is out pounding the pavement to fight crime in Jacksonville.

"This officer did not wake up that morning, put his uniform on and say 'you know what, I want to go out and shoot somebody'. He didn't do that," said Jacksonville Sheriff John Rutherford.

According to an Internal Affairs report we obtained, Officer Jeff Edwards did use unnecessary force. Now, Edwards is being forced to hand in his badge and gun after he shot and killed an unarmed man on May 9, 2012.
The report details how the situation unfolded, starting with the moment Davinian Williams ignored Edwards' commands to show his hands during a traffic stop, to the shot Edwards fired that killed him.

"You cannot place yourself in an indefensible situation and then use that as justification to deploy deadly force because you're in an indefensible position," explained Sheriff Rutherford.

Rutherford tells Action News he stripped Edwards of his police powers that day, and now he may never get them back. The former officer will argue his case before the state commission. Members will then vote to suspend or revoke his certification.

"A revocation: he wouldn't be able to be a police officer in the state of Florida," said Sheriff Rutherford.

Rutherford says, says if his certification is revoked, Edwards could still apply for a certification in another state but this termination will of course be on his record. Edwards has a disciplinary hearing on Friday.
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Realchange - 9/18/2013 10:27 AM
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What I am taking away from this story is it is ok for police to kill unarmed people at traffic stops for the slightest provocation. The most you can expect is for them to lose their jobs. A police officer that shoots someone at traffic stop will not be ever be charged with murder in the 1st , 2nd, or 3rd degree ever no matter what.

Realchange - 9/18/2013 10:12 AM
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So cops killing un armed men who haven't attacked them is ok ? Why is the military has to wait for people to shoot at them in many circumstance or reveal hostile intent but a cop can see you move the wrong way and kill you and no foul?

RFM2009 - 9/18/2013 6:31 AM
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Politics and Police just don't mix.... The cop, black or white makes no difference - the uniform is BLUE, did the right thing the goof who got shot was a doper, selling dope. He had over a half an ounce of cocaine in his pocket!. This is a good, alert cop, Rutherford, stop playing politics and be the Chief of Police, not a politician. Officer Edwards deserves to keep his job, certification and a commendation.
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