The family of a 48-year-old Georgia man rejected authorities’ allegation that he pointed a gun at officers before being shot and killed on Monday, WPMT-TV reported.
“He was a victim in this situation — a good samaritan that tried to save the officers and tried to save his son and ended up catching a bullet for it,” said attorney Chris Stewart, who is representing Bobby Daniels’ family.
Stewart said that Daniels, a security guard for CNN and Navy veteran, died while trying to protect Douglas County sheriffs deputies from his 25-year-old son, Bias Daniels, during a hostage situation at a mobile home park in Douglasville.
However, Sheriff Phil Miller said shortly after the incident that his department acted appropriately during the incident.
“I think that [Bobby Daniels] could have been trying to help the situation instead of hurting it, but when he pointed the gun at the officers, he was shot,” Miller said. “There’s no doubt in my mind that my officer thought his life was in danger, and he did what he thought he had to do.”
The younger man, who was described by Stewart as suffering a mental breakdown, allegedly held the park security guard hostage for 45 minutes before the guard got away and alerted authorities.
According to the Washington Post, Stewart said that Bobby Daniels beat deputies to the scene after being contacted by relatives and convinced his son to put the gun down.
Officers then used a stun gun against the younger man to no avail, due to his wearing heavy clothes at the time. The attorney said that witnesses can corroborate the family’s allegation that Bias Daniels then took a step toward the gun, prompting his father to try and swat it away.
Bias Daniels ran away from the scene with the gun before being arrested. He has been charged with aggravated assault, kidnapping and obstruction. His family is filing a lawsuit against Miller’s department.
WPMT’s story on the incident can be seen below.
[h/t The Free Thought Project]
CNN panelist stumps host with Trump logic: ‘You can statistically say anything but I don’t see it’
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During a CNN voter panel, host Alisyn Camerota quoted from official statistics showing a significant increase in hate crimes committed since Trump's upset victory in 2016.
Trump supporter Darrell Wimbley, however, wasn't buying it and he cited his own personal experiences to prove his point.
"You can say that, but I truly don't believe it because I don't see it," he said. "I can statistically say anything but I don't see it."
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On Wednesday evening, the president smeared McCabe, with Trump calling him "terrible" and saying he couldn't do anything -- including go to the bathroom -- without former FBI Director James Comey's permission.
Given a chance to respond by CNN's John Berman, McCabe didn't hold back.
"You know, I've been listening to the president say insanely stupid things for years now about me personally, about my organization, and about the investigation, we undertook to find out if the president posed a threat to national security," McCabe began. "I won't get down in the weeds with the president and exchange insults on Twitter or TV or anywhere else, but the question we should be asking is: why do we have a president who feels necessary to attack individuals? Individuals -- private citizens, individuals who serve in our government -- to attack personally when he's scared of the truth that they have to offer."
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"He usually responds to a provocation when it's a smaller thing that he can punch and knock down," Haberman explained. "He's pretty aware he can't actually do that with Iran. So I don't think you're going to see the typical, you know, as if he were swinging back at a primary foe. I think he is going to actually be a little more careful in what he says."