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    If you're ever involved in a shooting what you say online might be used against you

    Used against as in trying to show intent. He also gave an initial statement and then allegedly a different statement later on about the direction of the ATV rider. The article isn't clear if the online posts were before or after the shooting either, or how far back in time they went. (maybe years?) Also the article doesn't give the actual statements, only the opinion of the prosecutor as to what they imply.

    The charges stem from an incident in February 2018 on Route 93 in South Boston, in which a large group of motorbikes, ATVs, dirt bikes and mopeds drove illegally drove onto the highway.

    Trooper Sheehan was one of 10 Mass. State Troopers responding to the scene.

    According to a prosecutor, after one operator broke away from the troopers’ grasp, the trooper took out his Smith and Wesson M&P patrol rifle as a show of force and fired twice at an ATV, hitting the person who was driving it in the foot.

    During the investigation, the prosecutor said Trooper Sheehan changed his story about what happened.

    "His original version of events was that the ATV was driving directly towards him," Assistant District Attorney John Verner said. "He later switched it to he was driving diagonally towards him."

    As prosecutors present their case, they are going beyond the physical evidence of what happened that day.

    They also intend to use Sheehan’s comments on social media, on a site called Mass. Cops, where

    Sheehan posted as 'Big Irish' to show the trooper’s state of mind and motive at the time of the incident.

    The Suffolk County DA saying in court records, "many of the posts are racially tinged, disparaging of women, promote or condone violence or excessive force, suggest 'getting creative' when finding ways to stop citizens and a lack of respect for people and human life."

    Trooper Sheehan is suspended while the case works its way through the courts.

    He is released on personal recognizance and his due back in court in December.
    https://www.whio.com/news/national/t...zIOttllmhDmMI/
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    Maybe Trooper Sheehan should have left his rifle in the squad.
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    Of course the things you say can be used against you. How could anyone think they'd be ignored?

    And we're talking about a police officer here. Changing the story hurts his credibility, especially if it's about an aspect of the facts that affect how necessary the shooting was.
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    You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be provided for you. Do you understand the rights I have just read to you? With these rights in mind, do you wish to speak to me?”

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigBlue View Post
    You have the right to remain silent...
    But few have the ability.

    Let the lawyer do the talking. Make no statements, declarations or even discuss the weather without a lawyer present. If you are involved in a shooting, then the police are no longer your friends.
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    Two words-"Law Yer."
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    I have observed that on the internet and especially social media sites it is impossible for some
    people to remain rational or even in control at times.
    As for me? People just look at me and say, "Oh look at that poor old man. He's completely lost his faculties".
    No, no I haven't. It's part of my plan and I intend to use it to the fullest.
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    "He later switched it to: He was driving diagonally towards him."

    How do you do that?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rickenbacher39 View Post
    I have observed that on the internet and especially social media sites it is impossible for some
    people to remain rational or even in control at times.
    As for me? People just look at me and say, "Oh look at that poor old man. He's completely lost his faculties".
    No, no I haven't. It's part of my plan and I intend to use it to the fullest.

    Boy, he don't know the half of it!
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    I was going to say, the over achievement award goes to...
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