Highland Park Cops Won't Be Charged in Town's First-Ever Fatal Police Shooting

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David Hartman
The first Highland Park police officers to fatally shoot a suspect on duty are now also the first Highland Park police officers to be cleared of criminal wrongdoing for shooting a suspect while on duty. Town Public Safety Director Chris Vinson made the announcement at a Thursday afternoon press conference.

The two officers, Sergeant Charles McGinnis and Officer David Peacock, pulled the trigger on 32-year-old David Hartman last June.

See also: Highland Park Police Shooting a Weird One. Weird Ones Need Investigation.

Hartman had somehow escaped his handcuffs and managed to shoot out the back window of the patrol car he was locked in after being arrested for following a woman through Highland Park on a motorcycle and acting bizarrely inside a shoe store. Hartman was killed in the ensuing firefight.

According to a lawsuit filed by the family, Hartman was shot twice in the back and once in the leg as he tried to run away, then at least once more after he was laying face-down on the ground.

Highland Park PD addressed those claims at Thursday's press conference. Hartman was shot in the back because the two officers were on different sides of him as he shot at them trying to escape from the squad car. Police say officers missed his gun, which was "deep inside" his pocket, when they initially searched him.

To bolster the department's claim that the shooting was justified, Vinson released not only dash cam video from the incident but a full America's Most Wanted-style dramatization. Park Cities People posted a copy:

(Correction: The original post incorrectly stated that only one officer had been no-billed.)

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RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

Unfortunately, the Ruddski/Myrna passive-aggressive foreplay, has, like all porn, attracted willing participants.  The banter used to be somewhat amusing, but like all situational comedy, has gone stale.  Even the introduction of new characters won't save it.  Recent cameo appearances, by Daniel, playing himself, won't even be able to resurrect the saga.  They are the Al and Peggy Bundy of our board, doomed to re-runs in perpetuity.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

Ok, Myrna and her puppets have, once again, taken over a thread to play the self-fulfilling-prophecy thing. They started stale, they've gone positively melba, time to get back on topic.

Bet the cop is bald.

Just-Sharon
Just-Sharon

I do NOT approve of this TOPIC.   Move on and do so NOW!


Dear UP libtard moron's.....I have provided you with a list of acceptable and unacceptable subjects that can be discussed here.  Now I know you are all so hopped up on Obamacare that you can't see daylight, but a story of a HP cop is a No-Go! 

BTW...My BFF Bill Highland created Highland Park out of nothing but dirt and sidewalk.  

wcvemail
wcvemail

To be no-billed by a grand jury in just half a day (according to the story timeline), after the deceased was shot in the back and while on the ground, is the corollary of the dictum that a grand jury would indict a ham sandwich if the prosecutor wants it. (New York State chief judge Sol Wachtler, as famously quoted by Tom Wolfe in The Bonfire of the Vanities.)

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

I always act bizarrely in a shoe store, but I've never been shot by the cops for it. 

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

OK, another solution to the hog prob, which would satisfy the certain urges some public officials in the news lately exhibit, while delivering needed irony to ex SDS/radical-yet-sensitive types who likely used certain farm-animal pejoratives back in the days before dementia settled in.

Have the cops go after these critters. They have the requisite experience discharging firearms within city limits, and often actually hit their target.

Then feed the bums! Win-win-win-win.

EdPoe
EdPoe

I thought the family dropped the lawsuit a few weeks after filing it?

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

OK, taking bets now on cop's hair or lack of.

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

@RTGolden1  

I've sorta been enjoying the mystery of the "Ruddski-personator".

I notice we haven't been seeing a lot of bmarvel since LOOKATME showed up around here . . .

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

@RTGolden1  

I think it's time to introduce a cute kid to the cast. Isn't that what they always do when the sit-com ship is sinking?

wcvemail
wcvemail

@RTGolden1  

This has jumped the shark, and is ruining the Unfair Park comment section for those of us who have enjoyed it for many years. They really need to take it to Craigslist "Rants and Raves" at this point.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@RT

At the risk of beating the proverbial drunken cat, I agree.

However, there is no form of foreplay here, I was married to a smart laiwyer for 17 years, I date 20 years my junior, and while irrational wimen had certain appeal in my youth, anyone lacking logic attracts me only for the argument

of logic.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@readers

Oh God, now there's three "Myrna's", to make it all about me so they can complain.

The least y'all could do is try to make your schtick funny or original

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@Myrna

Cops don't shoot every nutter they encounter, hon. Consider yourself lucky.

JFPO
JFPO

What is this strange, on topic relevant question doing here? I thought this was a "badged" commenters pissing match.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@TheCredibleHulk

I've been pondering that as well, but it's not really bmarv's style.

Seeing as how the "satire" focuses on my assumed "hatred" of gays, and Obamacare, my guess was JackJett, who is one of the few Americans who likes the law, and assumes because I criticize Big Gay politics, I hate gays. The combo seems a tip-off.

Whoever it is, I wish they'd write funnier.

And more accurately, I have never used the term "libtard", for instance.

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@TheCredibleHulk @RTGolden1That would be an interesting plot twist, the stodgy upstairs neighbor, fed up with trying to bring up the standards of the place, goes incognito and immerses himself in the debauchery.


And if it weren't for those pesky kids, he'd have gotten away with it.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@TheCredibleHulk @RTGolden1  This place got too young and hip for Bmarvel, his antiquated ways and thoughts were far to old school.  He despises people like us.  Ive seen him over at frontburner though if you miss him

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@TheCredibleHulk

I can post a pic of my 7 month old granddaughter who, like all Ruddskis, is above average.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@wcvemail

If not for these people making it all about Ruddski, there would be about 10 comments dispersed through maybe four threads. As it is, the little game produced about 60 or more comments.

I'm not sure how you define generating traffic for UP, which justifies their advertising rates is "ruining" UP - unless you're one of those folks Harry The Traitor Reid described the other day as not knowing how the internet works.

But, I have a solution for you. Ignore the flame wars. True, this may place an extra burden on you, but until a person of official capacity - like a UP moderator - gets on someone's case to end the practice of generating traffic, you're just gonna have to buck up, son. Or, hire an editor to pre-scan the comments section for you.

Life is full of traffic jams, long lines at the market, panhandling bums and over-perfumed wimmin in elevators. You've managed to cope. I suspect you're made of tougher stuff than you let on.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@TheRuddSki  "At the risk of beating the proverbial drunken cat, I agree."


If Myrna were to admit to being drunk all day, this would explain a lot

Just-Sharon
Just-Sharon

@TheRuddSki YOU are funny.  You are original.   I can not and would not hold a candle to your schtick.  I would never try.   You are the Carrot Top of UP. 

More.  More.  More.  


Obamacare is soooooo bad.....


How bad is it?




wcvemail
wcvemail

@TheRuddSki  
One quote leapt at me from my initial scan of that page: "If the prosecutor is obliged to choose his cases, it follows he can choose his defendants.” In this case, he obviously chose not.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@Myrna

It's not a "fetish" hon, no need to project.

I have merely observed that an inordinate number of police, especially those involved in excessive-force issues, seem to favor shaved heads.

The reaction I've gotten to this observation indicates that others are cognizant of the issue as well.

Back in the day, when young dupes were carrying little red books, trying to re-create an existing democracy along communist lines, and failing to properly shave, this was not a common issue. It is today.

Now, you may kiss my ass ;)

PlanoDave
PlanoDave

@manpanties  That style was dubbed "The Power Doughnut" and its poster child is Mr. Dick Cheney.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@manpanties

What's that, the skinhead version of the Mullet?

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

@TheRuddSki  

LOL.

Always the subversive, eh Ruddski?


TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@MaxNoDifference

LOL, several. But until I get my hands on Wendy Davis, my life will always be lacking.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@LOOKATJACk

Bad enough to take Obamas approval/disapproval numbers to new records.

Daniel
Daniel

@TheRuddSki  Making it about you? Au contraire, Ruddski, I'm scarcer and scarcer around these parts because of your insistence on domineering EVERY GODDAMNED THREAD. I can only imagine your social skills in real life. True, when I do buzz in, half the time it's to let you know what a tiresome boor you are, and how laughable your self-regard, considering this seems to be your primary social outlet. It's also true I'm not especially inclined to waste any wit on you. 

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@Myrna

Have you noticed the pattern I have pointed out repeatedly?

You make the topic "all about Ruddski", and when I respond by out-flaming you with prejudice, you then complain that I'm making it "all about" me.

Then your paramours join in, making it all about me.

I'm just responding to your sad attempts to out-flame me hon, and pointing out your rather pathetic logic along the way. I'm making it "all about Myrna", but not in the way you ordinarily do, as in describing how wonderful or how Italian you feel.

I continually have to point out the obvious to you. Why is that?

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@Daniel

Hablar dos idiomas, y no te burles quienes hablan solamente uno, como Obama, que habla sólo un idioma, pendejo.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@TheRuddSki   You don't have to worry about anyone making it all about you.  You do a spectacular job of that all by yourself.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@Daniel

Some other unoriginal thinker is already using this schtick, and even he has become unoriginal, and tiresome.

Why not try original flames, like Myrna? God knows the poor gal, like you, needs the help while making it "all about me".

Daniel
Daniel

@wcvemail  Ruddski is a graduate of Harvard Law (after which he became a bush pilot in Africa during a civil war while simultaneously playing in bands at seminal punk club CBGB and starting a small business that he later went on to sell for $50m, while on the side teaching immigrants English, where his command of five languages came in handy).

wcvemail
wcvemail

@TheRuddSki  "He" is the prosecutor. Did you pause to belch or something? No more side-bars, counselor.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@wcvemail

The corollary to the dictum, perhaps?

As an aside, a Grand Jury is not a "he".

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@Myrna

Methinks thee doth protest too much, about that which does not exist.

Waiting on proof of allegations. Screen shot perhaps?

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@Myrna

I have created a new account because of problems I've encountered (and pointed out) and issues pointed out to me by others concerning my old account.

However, I have neglected to sign out and back in on my droid DumbAssPhone, which doesn't permit such complex operations, evidently. Posts from that still appear under old account.

You'll note the similarity of names, there's no sock puppetry, obviously.

I have never, to my knowledge, clicked the "like" button on one of my own posts. Logically, why would I do something that would be so easily discovered and open me to ridicule?

Now, if you can actually prove I have done as you claim, you'll actually gain a modicum of respectability here. Give it your best shot!

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@TheRuddSki  And someone of your intellectual caliber shouldn't have to create multiple accounts in order to click multiple "likes" on the comments you post.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@Myna

Someone of your intellectual caliber should be better than a rubber/glue riposte. Perhaps I've mis-underestimated your poseurness.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@colonel

I'm admirer of carville, the man is clever and smart, and not a poseur. Myrna, sir, is no Carville.

When anyone can score a good one on me, I laugh, and acknowledge the score. Myrna has given me that opportunity exactly once., and I acknowleged. I still have hope!

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

#Mervis

No-one forces you to read these exchanges.

Mervis_Earl
Mervis_Earl

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz @TheRuddSki You two should exchange imstant messaging handles and take your little verbal tap-dance away from here. Or, better yet, go to lunch together and tear each other's clothes off as so seems you both want to do.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@LOOK

Good satire should contain an element of reality, or truth. Your initial attempts of weeks ago were somewhat humorous in that you at least attempted humor. Now you're just revealing your anger at what you imagine is my position on the issue of homosexuality.

This, your fixation on Obamacare, and your unclever writing is what has led me to believe that you are a JackJet sockpuppet.

Bada-bing?

Just-Sharon
Just-Sharon

@TheRuddSki MyrNNNah!   I hate homosexuals with every fiber in my being.  And that is a shitload of fiber.


But I also love them too.  In fact, I love to love them.   But they are gross.  My family give several million dollars a year to make them less gross.  


They are intellectually superior-less than men like me. 

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@TheRuddSki  You are one deranged piece of work.  But we love you anyway.........[Myrna tells Big Kitty to call North Texas Hospital for the Insane; we gotta bag this one]

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@Myrna

My continual one-upsmanship of you in all ways except menopausal bitchiness or bizarre announcements of your mood to the uninterested comes not from anger, but from your need for attention, your own anger, and my enjoyment of watching you try and outsmart me. It's ping-pong, you're the little hollow lightweight ball.

As to the cats you constantly reference, we know cats can't read, so I suspect that when you read these exchanges to them, you're not being entirely accurate as to the contents.

Unfortunately for you, your audience here can read.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@Myrna

"Bald cop fetish" and "how many bald cops have you put out for"

C'mon hon, we get your gist. This is called "too clever by half", but good try, don't get discouraged.

BTW, has it occurred that maybe your furry little bums are not laughing with you?

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@TheRuddSki  I did not suggest that you were homosexual.  I merely implied that you have a thing for bald cops.


[The cats are following this thread and are rolling on the floor in hysterics]

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@MaxNoDifference

It's just my subtle way of mocking the over-sensitive and politically-correct speech laws in general.

BTW, according to GLAAD (not the bag), the word "homosexual" and its derivatives is now unacceptable and politically incorrect.

Just keeping the world informed on the important issues!

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@Myrna

Ah, so now responding to your questions directed to me is "protesting too much"

Your sense of logic is several steps behind your little keyboarding fingers.

Now, the first sentence was pure inarguable logic in response to a question, Nottingham protest.

The second sentence is an observation of the obvious - just in case you become further confused by what is evidently your second language.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@MaxNoDifference  Oh, sweetie I just love those things.  We used to sneak-eat bacon back in Brooklyn, even though Mama was strict about pork.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

Myrna

Why do you assume that people who are intellectually superior, more experienced in worldly matters, and more witty than you are

A) homosexual, or

B) Bothered by accusations of homosexuality or sexual behaviour which deviates from the norm.

IOW, what is it with you and your "LGBLT fetish"?

It's barely a half-step above the rubber/glue riposte, or one full step below, to the floor - depending on how much wine you've consumed

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@manpanties

Ah - the involuntary skinhead mullet

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