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‘Witness’ fumes after seeing police aim guns at armed felon wanted for attempted murder

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FAYETTEVILLE, NC- Yet another “Facebook cop” is trying to tell police officers how to do their job, this time in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Here is what happened.

According to WRAL News, officers late last month were attempting to take a wanted felon into custody in connection with an attempted murder. According to the U.S. Marshals Served, he had shot someone three times in Simpsonville, South Carolina.

 

The man, Jerrico Bailey, 33, was apprehended by members of the Fayetteville police department, the Greenville County Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Enforcement Unit, and a U.S. Marshals Fugitive task force, a police spokesman said.

In addition to the attempted murder charges, Bailey was also wanted for possession of a weapon during a violent crime and possession of a firearm by a felon.

The “Facebook cop,” Deanna Royal was a witness to the apprehension and posted a cellphone video on social media, which appeared to show police officers pointing a patrol rifle at Bailey’s head.

Royal complained that, “I want what I witnessed and felt to be heard somehow—and properly.”

Fayetteville police issued a statement, in which they acknowledged Royal’s complaint:

“We are aware of a video circulating on social media. Per standard procedure, all actions taken by Fayetteville Police Department officers will be reviewed to ensure our policies and procedures were followed appropriately while getting this violent fugitive out of our community.”

The weapon believed to have been used in the attempted murder was recovered by authorities at the location where Bailey was arrested. Police said Bailey was carrying the weapon when he was taken into custody.

Royal, no doubt in possession of her criminal justice degree from Facebook University then took to social media to critique the police response to the incident. Her Facebook page has since been set to private. The following was obtained from USSA News.

“I DON’T GIVE A DAMN WHAT YOU HAVE TO SAY OR WHAT THE MAN DID THIS SHIT NEEDS TO BE INVESTIGATED,” she wrote on her page.

The footage on her post showed her ranting and raving while officers took the armed felon into custody. Video showed Bailey standing on a sidewalk with his hands in the air as police officers moved in. The video showed two officers with their weapons pointed at Bailey, including one who was apparently armed with a patrol rifle.

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“I will not move my fucking car,” Royal screeched in the video.

“I dunno what the fuck these people are doing!”

Well, thank you Captain Obvious.

The video showed police starting to handcuff the suspect, with the officer armed with the rifle moving in closely and pointing the weapon at Bailey’s head.

“Hell to the fuck no!” Royal yelled. “Who is this guy? Check on your people, seriously.”

In the caption under the video, Royal wrote that the officers “should all be held accountable for how Bailey was apprehended.

“I’D LOVE TO SEE WHAT NARRATIVE THEY TRY TO SPEND [sp] TO DEFEND HIS ACTIONS. THERE IS NONE,” she declared. “YOU GOT THE RIGHT TO A FUCKING TRIAL, NOT DIE.”

Royal went on to explain that the video didn’t show her “getting out of the car screaming at the officer with the gun.”

She claimed that the officer “turned and smiled” at her as he continued to point the weapon at Bailey’s head. Perhaps he’s a friendly officer…who knows?

Royal said that she planned to file a complaint with the Fayetteville police over the actions of the police officers.

“They did him so dirty and they almost killed me and [sp] then process fucking jumping across lanes of traffic out of nowhere this program was just walking on the fucking street,” Royal wrote.

“It don’t matter what he was wanted for there were three other officers with guns as well.”

Royal told WRAL she had posted the video due to the fact that she felt what she “witnessed and felt to be heard somehow and properly.”

“In what world does a man (Officer of the law) with an AR 15 less than two inches from a man’s skull, with his hands in the air, in full compliance, before ever being approached have the audacity to turn to me with tears in my face and smirk and move closer to the man’s face as I’m begging him to stop, in the middle of a six lane highway??” Royal said in yet another Facebook post.

Sooo…she was in the “middle of a six lane highway” addressing the police? Sounds kind of dangerous to us, just saying.

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“Please, help me understand? Please help Jerrico Bailey understand! When did police become judge and jury?” she added.

The person Bailey attempted to murder was found outside a motel just off Interstate 385 in Simpsonville, S.C. on December 27 suffering from a gunshot wound. Bailey fled the scene before police arrived.

The victim was transported to the hospital after the shooting and was listed in stable condition, according to CBS17.  

Law Enforcement Today will update this story as additional information becomes available.  

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DALLAS, TX – A traffic stop that occurred on the evening of May 16th is said to have resulted in a Dallas Police Department officer getting shot by what officials say is a known fugitive.

However, the yet-to-be identified suspect was said to have later committed suicide after the skirmish with authorities.  

Officers from the DPD spotted a subject who they say was currently wanted for two felony warrants within the 2100 block of South Westmoreland Road at approximately 7:30 p.m. on the night of the incident.

When police attempted to perform a traffic stop on the suspect, the suspect reportedly began to flee in direct contrast of oncoming traffic, reportedly going north in a southbound lane.

Shortly thereafter, the suspect was said to have crashed into another vehicle that was occupied at the time, not far from the Texas Drive intersection.

Police stated that the suspect then exited his vehicle, and began to open fire on the officers who were pursuing him.

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During the fray, one officer was reportedly shot in the hand. The second officer on scene called for backup, and administered assistance to the wounded officer.

A statement from Sergeant Mitchell from the DPD noted the following after the backup had arrived:

“When additional officers arrived, they began searching the area for the suspect and subsequently located him in a back yard of a residence. The suspect was deceased from what appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.”

Sgt. Mitchell also noted that the officer wounded is listed as being in stable condition and that the passengers in the vehicle struck by the suspect were uninjured.

During the press conference, Sgt. Mitchell could not confirm whether it was the suspect’s weapon that caused the officer’s injury, but noted that those aspects are under investigation.

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