On March 18, 2016 a Greenville, South Carolina police officer was murdered and his own department’s political correctness is partly responsible. Officer Allen Lee Jacobs was chasing a 17-year-old known gang member who was suspected to be a felon trying to acquire a firearm. Unfortunately for Officer Jacobs and his family, Deontea Perry Mackey had already obtained the gun and turned and fired at Jacobs. The officer was taken to a hospital where he died.
Officer Jacobs was prevented by Greenville Police Department regulations from drawing his firearm to protect himself. Officers arriving at the scene confirmed that Jacob’s firearm was still in his holster. Department policy says that an officer cannot even draw his firearm to protect himself if the perp is “…not presenting an imminent threat to human life or serious bodily harm unless immediately apprehended — whether or not they are fleeing from police.”
By the time Officer Jacobs was presented with an “imminent threat to human life” he was mortally wounded. If he was able to have presented his firearm, he may have been able to stop the criminal, who by the way was a felon in possession of a firearm. Felons don’t care about breaking the law. Mackey killed Officer Jacobs in cold blood because he previously vowed he would never go to jail.
This past February, Mackey was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Officer Jacobs has previously arrested him for strong-arm robbery in this case. The judge decided this violent criminal was not a danger to society and suspended to 10-year sentence to time served, which was just 8 months.
The Greenville Police Department needs to get rid of this regulation before it kills more police officers. I would think that Circuit Court Judge Robin Stilwell has lost his judgement, as Mackey should have been cooling his heels in prison instead of continuing his “blood in blood out” gang life. The perp did kill himself, but that isn’t any consolation to his wife who is expecting a baby girl in July and two children, 5 and 6-years-old. Neither is a “statement of condolences” released by the judge who still stands by his crazy sentence suspension.