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Three city officers cleared in 2011 shooting

Grand jury says police justified in killing man waving gun as he ran

Kelly O'Donnell places a candle at the memorial site of Luis Rivera (inset photo) while William Tanner looks on in Schenectady in this photo from August 2011.
Kelly O'Donnell places a candle at the memorial site of Luis Rivera (inset photo) while William Tanner looks on in Schenectady in this photo from August 2011.
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The three police officers who shot and killed Luis Rivera last year have been cleared of all wrongdoing. A Schenectady County grand jury handed up a decision Tuesday saying the officers “were justified in using deadly physical force.” Rivera was shot in the back as he ran from police Aug. 12, 2011. Officers were looking for him after a witness called 911 to say he saw a man waving a gun. The gun was later ...


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pnotto
December 12, 2012
11:34 p.m.

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As a retired Schenectady cop, having been involved in one of these incidents 10 years ago, I know exactly what these guys are going through. Especially since it involved a minority who was highly intoxicated on narcotics and alcohol. Little
do people know when a police officer is confronted by some one who is in possession of a weapon who makes a gesture that is considered threatening to either the officer(s) or to another person, the police officer has to make a decision of whether to use his/her firearm in less than a second to terminate that threat or that officer will become another statistic of a law enforcement official killed in the line of duty because the cop hesitated. I suppose if the officers in this incident were shot and killed by Mr. Rivera, that would be alright with the NAACP and other civil rights groups as it almost turned out in my situation. The problem with these race baiters and race hustlers like Ms. Clayton is they have to feed off of these tragic incidents to solidify their political base and justify the reason for their existence as racial agitators. Since Ms. Clayton knows so much about what police officers have to do when they work the streets of Schenectady, having never strapped on a gun and badge and having driven a marked police unit on the streets of this city maybe her talents are being improperly utilized and she should take up becoming a psychic since she knows so much about clairvoyant issues in this instance.

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