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Opinion: Family, Community Deserve Answers in Jermaine Jones, Jr.’s death

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Jermaine Jones Jr.’s family last heard his voice on Oct. 11, 2021.

Following a traffic stop that resulted in a tasing, a “struggle” and an arrest, Jones suffered a “medical emergency” while in police custody. He ended up at Augusta University Medical Center (AUMC) braindead and passed away a we...

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6 COMMENTS

  1. You can take up for dumbshits that break the law all you want but his statement “I’m going to run” makes him guilty and deserving of the tasing. If his actions of running caused him to be tased, then the action of falling onto the concrete and hurting himself more is all his fault. We are all sick and tired of the lawlessness of youths thinking it is OK to run from the law, fight back against the law, etc. If they can’t be respectful and say yes sir, turn around put their hands behind their backs, and peacefully be arrested then let whatever happens be their fault.

  2. Yes let demand answers before the investigation is complete..this is how stuff like the false hands up don’t Shiite narrative starts..also? Don’t run from the police..it never leads to anything good..niw if shown the officers acted in any malicious way I’ll be the first to say throw the book at thenm but thanks to the media people want to crucify officers first and investigate after the media gives this all police are bad narrative..

  3. Marcus Plumlee: I am a moderate-conservative white guy who believes in accountability. However, I am pleased with your approach to journalism. You are an excellent writer, and you provide a point-of-view that offers your readers food-for-thought, so to speak. Here’s what I’m thinking: Why not let the kid run away? Where’s he going to go? He’ll show up soon enough and a proper arrest will be made; one where cooler heads prevail. It is TRUE that many police officers are driven by a dark ego that does not leave much room for compassion. I am not attempting to place myself in their shoes, but as a high school teacher for many years, I learned that there is a formula for calming unruly behavior. And yes, more times than not, this formula is successful. As stated, I am an “accountability” guy, and a handgun and crack pipe are sure giveaways that further investigation by a police officer is warranted. But, we as a community (including the police) need to re-think the steps of civility before allowing physical violence to escalate. I hope that you continue to write for the Augusta Press.

  4. I’ve known parents who admitted that they tell their children to run from the law enforcement (LE) officers when they are approached, stopped, detained, or arrested. No matter if the attempt to elude the LE results in more charges, property damage, personal injury, or death. These parents also settled scores personally rather than report harassment, threats, or an assault on their child to LE.

    I’m an old, white guy. I know and do the drill – hands where they can be seen, ID out, “Yes, sir.”, “No, sir.” If I’m driving – car in Park, engine off, keys on dash, and windows down. A little cooperation and respect go a long way. when dealing with an over-worked, under-paid, unappreciated, and sometimes disrespected human who carries lethal-force weapons and wants to go home, alive, to his family at the end of the shift.

    “Furthermore, Richmond County needs to review its police officers and procedures to determine what led to this incident, and to implement changes that will prevent further tragedies.” Nobody outside of LEO will accept any responsibility for this death, but LEO will be tagged with it, whether they deserve it or not.

  5. This incident has too many unanswered questions that need to answered. The police are there to enforce the law, not judge a case. Now, I support the police as a rule, but accountability is essential. A friend of mine used to work in another state as an internal affairs investigator for LEOs, and you would be shocked at the criminal conduct of some police officers. In fact, he gave me instructions about what to do if stopped by a police officer because even he didn’t trust them due to his job. This case, and others like it, should be investigated to make sure proper protocols were followed and if they were not, the officers should be held responsible. Ducking and dodging looks suspicious. The family should have closure.

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