Garland Cop Charged With Manslaughter After Firing on Chase Suspect 41 Times

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Michael Vincent Allen
At first, the official story of what happened in the early morning hours of August 31, 2012, was that 25-year-old Michael Vincent Allen had led police on a high-speed chase through Garland and Mesquite before being herded into a cul de sac. In a last-ditch attempt to escape, he rammed a Garland PD squad car. The cop inside, fearing for his life, opened fire, killing Allen.

Within two weeks, the narrative had been revised. Vincent hadn't rammed the cop; the cop had rammed him. The "multiple rounds" the officer had fired became 41, with two pauses to reload.

See also: Cardan Spencer, Dallas Officer Who Shot Mentally Ill Man, Fired and May Face Charges

The officer, a seven-year Garland PD veteran named Patrick Tuter, was placed on administrative leave and ultimately fired after an internal affairs investigation concluded the he'd violated the department's use-of-force and pursuit policies. Tuter had initiated the chase after discovering that Allen was wanted for drug possession, assault and evading arrest, and Tuter was the only cop on scene to fire his weapon.

On Monday, a Dallas County grand jury indicted Tuter today for manslaughter. The Dallas Morning News' Tanya Eiserer reports that it's the first time in 17 years that Dallas County has indicted an officer in a fatal police shooting. In the previous case, a Grand Prairie police officer was acquitted on a murder charge for killing a mentally ill man who lunged at another officer with a knife.

If convicted, Tuter faces up to 20 years in prison. A wrongful death lawsuit filed against Tuter is pending in federal court.

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paulpsycho78
paulpsycho78

stay as far away from garland as possible, if a garland detective calls you go grab a lawyer/your lawyer and get down there immediately, do not cross a business owner in garland for any reason.  heed this advice

FEDUP
FEDUP

I've said it before and I'll say it again. The only difference between a criminal and a cop is , the cop wears a uniform and a badge. 

oilman
oilman

..."it's the first time in 17 years that Dallas County has indicted an officer in a fatal police shooting"...well its about time...no let me take that back; it's 17 years too late for all the other murders committed every year by the Dallas police...but on this case; "Tuter faces up to 20 years in prison"...This murderer should get the maximum penalty for capital murder which in this state is the death penalty. 

Some folk say the police should be given some kind of uber status like some kind of god or God or something. This is contrary to the legal principles of the land which say we are all equal before the law. For the grand jury to only indict Tuter for manslaughter when it is an obvious case of capital murder is scandalous. It reflects an unwritten (and probably illegal) rule that supports unfair protection of the police - even when police break the law.

If the police were God or even gods, maybe they should be exempt from the laws everybody has to obey.  But since they are human, they should have to pay the regular price for capital murder when they commit capital murder.

...and I'm not even mentioning the other cops who stood around while this was going on and did nothing to prevent the crime (murder) from being committed.  What's the law about doing nothing to stop a crime from being committed?... especially if it's your job to stop crime...Were the other cops accessories to the crime?...

jamessavik
jamessavik

You might have a problem with some of your cops are bigger retards than the criminals.


NotReallyThanks
NotReallyThanks

I thought if we limited the capacity of magazines, people would rush a shooter while he reloaded?

ruddski
ruddski

I guess the Arlington Hostage Moms may have made the correct decision in their incident.

observist
observist topcommenter

The police did an internal investigation and found that Tuter first fired 40 warning shots before firing at the suspect.

James_the_P3
James_the_P3

Speaking of badge-wearing killers, where do we stand with the Dallas cop who gunned down the mentally ill guy on camera a few weeks ago?  Is that case going to the grand jury any time soon?

observist
observist topcommenter

Tuter was the only one to fire, and he fired 41 shots?  How many other cops were there?  Did they just stand there watching him shoot, reload, shoot, reload, and shoot?

ozonelarryb
ozonelarryb

Should be capital murder....unless we are NOT equal under the law. Or is that asking too much?

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

 I'm shocked that it even got to the Grand Jury.

Garland might just want to shake the "every Garland cop is a maniacal murdering vigilante" image after all.

Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

Thanks to Mr. And Mrs. Wallace and their son for coming out with what REALLY happened at the crime scene

41 rounds with two pauses to reload....on a an unarmed man. WTF?

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

manslaughter?  41 rounds fired, thats murder

dsmithy3211
dsmithy3211

@oilman None. The cops don't have a duty to do anything.  Castle Rock v. Gonzales and whatnot.

You might be able to get them on aiding and abetting, but that's an uphill battle.

ryan762
ryan762

@James_the_P3 For some reason, charging a police officer who shoots someone on camera takes well over a year. If a regular person shot someone on camera, the case would be before the Grand Jury by that afternoon.

Tim.Covington
Tim.Covington

@ozonelarryb The sad truth is, we are not equal under the law. Cops are granted all sorts of special privileges and rights that us ordinary citizens are not.

Tim.Covington
Tim.Covington

@Sharon_Moreanus I agree with you on everything except an unarmed man. He was armed with something the law does consider a deadly weapon, a vehicle. But, by law, the officer was supposed to stop firing when Allen ceased to be a threat. And, it very much looks like Tuter lost his temper while chasing Allen. I'm thinking the only reason Tuter is not facing murder charges is that it was at the end of a hostile encounter between the two.

paulpsyco78
paulpsyco78

@bvckvs @paulpsycho78 there is a good reason a Major Motion Picture like Zombieland makes it a point to stop down and talk shit about Garland in the first five minutes.  The PD in Garland has perpetrated alot of unjustness and evil against alot of innocent people for a very long time.

Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

@Tim.Covington agree on what cops call a deadly weapon. 

by law yes, but it doesnt seem the case this time.

im thinking the the only reason Tuter isnt charged more is because of his badge and Allen's priors.

id recommend being fired or sitting at a desk for the rest of Tuter's stay. 41 shots and kill.  hed never be allowed to hunt with us.

fracquestions
fracquestions

@everlastingphelps

@fracquestions

 Obviously, that fact escaped you in your narrative that stated, "Garland might just want to shake the "every Garland cop is a maniacal murdering vigilante" image after all."

I merely replied to your obvious lack of understanding, but if I make a habit of doing that, then I might as well give up everything else in life and just dedicate myself to your ignorance.

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