Trooper Shawn Blanton

Discussion in 'Cop Talk' started by OmniscientX, Nov 10, 2010.

  1. OmniscientX

    OmniscientX

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    In haven't seen a follow up thread in a while. I don't know how much coverage has been outside the region, but in google if you type "trooper" it autofills his name. Its never really over I suppose, but he was found guilty of 1st degree murder. Then during the sentencing phase the jury was locked at 6-6 for the death penalty so he received life in prison with no parole.

    I'm actually shocked he didn't get the death penalty considering everything about him and the area it happened in. Years earlier in Pinellas County, Florida he tried to take an officers weapon, and he ended up getting shot in the ass, a history of other crimes, after he murdered Trooper Blanton and fled with his weapon, he shot at the deputies that were chasing him. He has shown no remorse for any action along the way. When the jury watched the video of the traffic stop most were in tears, some in sobs. Some of his defenses included, having a bad childhood, his father was a member of the Chinese mafia, and if Trooper Blanton had PC for the stop. There has been a strong public outcry that he didn't receive the death penalty. I especially feel for the Troopers wife. Several months after he was murdered there son passed away.

    I've tried to sum months of trial into a paragraph but I thought I would sum it up for those who didn't want to read details. At least for the time being he is a not factor in the world. Seeing his pictures everyday, the shredded vest and shirt on the news...really makes you think, especially for someone just getting into the business. Makes you appreciate life, how fast everything can change, and how important training and staying sharp on traffic stops can be.

    That brings me to something else that has bothered me and I guess is prevalent in a lot of state police/highway patrol agencies. Because of the budget they operate without a cage in all their vehicles. Having them in the front seat comforts some, I personally don't like the idea. The major red flag for me though is I've been told NCSHP doesn't call in a majority of the stops. Since they have a separate communications center is controls a large portion of the state and since all they do is stop cars it would overload the communications. So unless they feel its very hinky they don't bother. In all the videos it was 911 calls from passing motorists letting everyone know what was going on and where he was. Doing traffic stops when no one knows where you are, who you've pulled over...etc etc seems unacceptable to me. Budget or not it seems some corrections need to be made. I was told these things during training from several troopers so I assume its on par. Anyone else have a system similar to this? Everywhere else I've seen, and how we were instructed was to give all available information before proceeding with the stop. Sorry if its been long winded but I haven't seen another post on here regarding this in a while and I haven't had anyone else to rant to.

    If you would like more information here are some links.

    http://www.odmp.org/officer/19429-trooper-david-shawn-blanton-jr.

    http://www.citizen-times.com/articl...puty-who-shot-Edwardo-Wong-describes-incident

    http://www.citizen-times.com/articl...ng-convicted-of-killing-Trooper-Shawn-Blanton

    The link below describes more details of the stop.
    http://www.citizen-times.com/articl...recording-shows-Trooper-Shawn-Blanton-s-death
     
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  2. Kadetklapp

    Kadetklapp Methberry PD

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    Effing disgusting piece of garbage, rot in hell.

    RIP Trooper.
     

  3. trdvet

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    This practice needs to end. The Troopers around here call everything in, no problems with comms even though there might be one dispatcher on. NCSHP has a lot of changes to make it seems like.
     
  4. OmniscientX

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    I don't know how much it would have made a difference in this case but I couldn't believe it when they said that. NCSHP has had some political bumps lately, but other than that they seem top notch. I know they are one of the larger highway patrols. Seems I recall reading about several decent sized states with only 300-400 troopers for the entire state. The ones I've met have always been very professional and sharp. I do wonder if while they're at trooper camp they tase them everytime they smile. :)
     
  5. TexasFats

    TexasFats NRA, TSRA, SAF

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    To my mind, the scum who murdered the trooper should either die sniffing cyanide fumes, "rod the lightening" in Old Sparkey, or die dancing--on the end of a rope. May he rot in Hell.
     
  6. CW Mock

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    I'm a Trooper, and we call in every stop. It's policy, and a critical piece of safety.

    The biggest problem I face is the other mouthbreather on the radio who starts telling his life story just as I have activated the overheads, and I am initiating the stop. At that point I am giving a location and plate to my shift partner on the MDC, so SOMEBODY knows where I am. We have a few guys that need to be strangled with their radio mic a little so they learn that on the radio, brevity is critical. If it sounds bitter of me to say, its because I am bitter. I have had this happen on a "Rollin' Stolen" twice now. I run plates on the MDC as often as I have service, but that's not all the time.

    God rest Trooper Blanton. I hope that the agency policy/tradition he worked with is changed. Call in those stops ... its not 1960, and we are not John Wayne.
     
  7. MeefZah

    MeefZah Cover is Code 3

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    A tragedy, absolutely. First I recall hearing about it.

    The last link descrbes the troop telling Wong, after he is shot, how to remove the pistol from his duty holster... and Wong then steals it and flees. WTF?
     
  8. ULVER

    ULVER Dixie Rebel

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    Ran into him a time or two... Worked dispatch on the Qualla Boundry; also known as the Cherokee Rez.

    After the casino, they had kick-azz equipment. Tricked-out P/I 71's; Sig 357's, nice stuff...

    He was young, and could have done the stop better...But hey---So it goes...:crying:
     
  9. Hack

    Hack Crazy CO Gold Member

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    :fallenofficer: May he rest in peace. May the family of the deceased trooper find closure.
     
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    I'm friends with his widows sorority sisters at Western Carolina University. My friend advised they brought his body to the same hospital that his wife was in sitting with thier premature baby.
     
  11. Panzergrenadier1979

    Panzergrenadier1979 Keystone Cop

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    Isn't Wong the turd who claimed that he was racially profiled and that the traffic stop was illegal?

    Nothing like killing a cop and then calling him a racist.....
     
  12. merlynusn

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    Yeah, we run into NCSHP troopers on traffic stops all the time. Had no idea they were there. Even if they did call it out to their communications, we're much closer than any other trooper would be and we have no idea they are there.
     
  13. obxemt

    obxemt Chaplain of CT

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    I was shocked and disgusted that they couldn't agree on the death penalty after hearing him beg for his life.

    As far as not calling in stops, you guys have to understand that the nearest communications center for troopers who work my county is two hours away. It covers multiple counties. The state is already drained and can't pay for what they have.

    While I understand officer safety needs to be a number one priority, but the way things are set up here, every trooper calling in every stop just isn't practicable. And they can't use local communications, because they'd be overrun. Some of these guys are writing 25+ citations a day. Around here, that's huge compared to town and county cops.
     
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  14. lwt210

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    Here is to hoping that the walls that surround Wong for the rest of his days close in more and more on him. May he pace like the caged animal he is.

    And when he passes and faces his true judgement, may he be cast into the deepest pits of Hades to burn forever in unspeakable agony.
     
  15. obxemt

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    Impossible as it may seem, my faith actually hopes for his redemption.

    But my humanity cries for his damnation. :crying: :fallenofficer: