The Family of Former Marine Killed After Stealing a Wii Controller Is Suing Grand Prairie Police

HandgunWiki.jpg
Jordan Ross Hatcher made a number of undeniably stupid decisions on the afternoon of January 24, 2013. He stole a Wii controller from a Grand Prairie Target, then knocked down the cop who tried to stop him. The 22-year-old, a recently discharged Marine, according to his obituary, then ran across State Highway 360 to Tarrant County College's Southeast Campus, where he was surrounded by no fewer than six cops. Even after they hit him with pepper spray and a Taser, he refused to go down.

Whether he should have been shot, however, is a different question, one that is raised in an excessive force lawsuit filed by Hatcher's parents on Tuesday against Grand Prairie police and officer Wesley Bement.

Bement, who shot Hatcher four times, was no-billed by a Tarrant County grand jury in June 2013 and returned to duty after briefly being placed on temporary leave.

Grand Prairie PD concluded that the shooting was justified, saying that Hatcher had grabbed Bement's Taser, placing the officer in fear for his life.

In their lawsuit, Hatcher's parents argue that Bement never should have reached for his gun. The pepper spray the five TCC police officers who were on the scene were using was working. He was rubbing his face and walking away with the Taser which, they say, he hadn't grabbed but found beneath his arm, where Bement had left it after shocking him.

"The person closest to Hatcher when he was shot, a TCC police officer, was nearly shot by Bement, did not have her gun drawn, was not being attacked, was attempting to spray Hatcher with her mace/pepper spray, and did not understand why Bement was shooting," the suit says.

That will be a tough argument to make in court, since a jury is likely to give deference to the cop when he's confronted with a Taser-wielding suspect who's in the middle of a struggle with police.

But focusing only on the moment that Bement pulled the trigger blurs the equally important question of whether Grand Prairie police could have handled their encounter with an aggressive but initially unarmed shoplifter in such a way that they didn't feel compelled to shoot him.

The parents get at that in their second claim, alleging that the city of Grand Prairie failed to provide proper training to Bement and other officers in how and when to use deadly force.

Send your story tips to the author, Eric Nicholson.

My Voice Nation Help
18 comments
bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

Fog of war.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

depends upon what time of day it was.

ozonelarryb
ozonelarryb

Wait... the officer feared for his life over the Taser!!! And yet they repeatedly claim it is non lethal.

Fucking trigger happy hypocrites.

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

What type of discharge? I'm suspecting it wasn't honorable.

CogitoErgoSum
CogitoErgoSum

One wonders to what degree PTSD may have contributed. The stories of recently discharged vets getting into serious trouble with the authorities during unfortunate and often violent outbursts have been numerous in recent years. Another failure on the part of a failed bureaucracy known as the VA. 

libtard_apologist
libtard_apologist

And nothing of any value was lost. Libtard bloggers love to apologize for violent criminal scum.

bstewart1987
bstewart1987

@CogitoErgoSum Why are you roping this into a PTSD issue. Maybe he was in the Marines and stayed in San Diego for 3 years, maybe he went to Iraq for 4 years. But either way, to classify PTSD as a violent disorder is wrong on your part and shows your lack of knowledge towards the PTSD issue.

wilme2
wilme2

@libtard_apologist  I know you are just a troll, but it sure makes me angry anyway.  I should just skip the comments section...

wcvemail
wcvemail

@libtard_apologist You must be commenting on a different article. There's no apologism for violent criminal scum in this particular blog post, by a libtard (so 1990s) or anyone else. This article reports what the defense attorney is claiming on behalf of the family, not apologizing nor taking sides.

ozonelarryb
ozonelarryb

Surrounded by 6 cops. The poor dears, too bad the didn't all fire at once. Perfect cartoon moment.

And the number 2 reason not to join is the risk kf meeting u.

CogitoErgoSum
CogitoErgoSum

@bstewart1987 @CogitoErgoSum  Sure, it's true that we don't know his service record. It's also true that a majority of young veterans of late have served overseas in either Iraq or Afghanistan. I made an assumption and fully admit it could be mistaken. Still, the fact remains that PTSD is common among vets that have seen action and many of those vets aren't getting the kind of care they need, sometimes resulting in episodes like this. I knew a vet who experienced a similar situation and who ultimately died of a drug overdose largely due to untreated PTSD.

WhyDontYouJoinNAMBLA
WhyDontYouJoinNAMBLA

@ozonelarryb  So after this guy already physically overpowered 2 security guards, kept running after being told to stop by the police..


Then continued to run after being hit with a taser..


The cops should have waited till he got his hands on one of them to shoot? Kind of too late at that point. 

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

@TexMarine @holmantx  

I actually SAT in chesty puller's desk.  I too was a roadguard at TBS.  I was sitting in a tactics class in a little wooden school desk the Marines, in their infinite wisdom, bought off a 1930s schoolhouse.  The kind of desk that had the compartment down below and a wrap-around wooden top on the right.  But carved in very tiny script, hard to read unless you got real close, and had 20-20 vision was an inscription: "I was a roadguard at TBS. C. Puller"

So I assert, I knew Chesty Puller, for I sat in his desk.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

@CogitoErgoSum  He could have spent his military career counting ping pong balls in Okinawa.

Now Trending

From the Vault

 

General

Loading...