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Cop Kills Unarmed Man at His Place of Work Over Unpaid Traffic Fines then Gets Huge Promotion


Smyrna, GA — After killing Nicholas Thomas on March 24, 2015, under questionable circumstances at the Goodyear store where he was on the job, Smyrna Police Sgt. Kenneth Owens was cleared of any wrongdoing — and is now being promoted to Lieutenant.

“In a release sent to 11Alive News on Tuesday, the Smyrna Police Department confirmed that Owens is being promoted to the rank of Lieutenant effective Monday, February 15, 2016,” the local NBC affiliate reported; and according to that statement, “Sgt. Owens is eligible and qualified for this position as prescribed by departmental policy.”

Considering the questions still surrounding Thomas’ death, his family — as well as many others in the community and elsewhere — would likely beg to differ.

Thomas was working at the Atlanta Goodyear Service Center, when Owens and several other officers came to serve a warrant for an alleged probation violation by the young father — reportedly over traffic violations. Startled by those officers appearance at his workplace, Thomas reportedly jumped into a customer’s Maserati to flee.

“The suspect drove his car toward officers, putting officers in fear for their lives, at which time the officers fired into the vehicle, shooting the suspect,” said Smyrna Police Sgt. Ed Cason the following day, as 11Alive reported at the time.

However, questions arose when the Cobb County Medical Examiner found the bullet had entered Thomas in his upper right back — hardly the location or entry point one would expect if an officer fired into a vehicle because he thought it would run him over.

“Of all the officers there, only one felt his life was threatened,” said Thomas’ family lawyer Mawuli Davis, as The Free Thought Project previously reported. “Unless a car can travel sideways, I don’t know how you can be in fear for your life.”

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation and Cobb County Police Department both asserted the fatal shooting was “justified under the facts and the law.”

That fear of an imminent threat to an officer’s life — the justification for and cause of subsequent no-fault finding in this incident — appear to have been based on Owens’ hypothetical assessment of what Thomas was planning to do.

As Thomas careened around the store’s parking lot, looking for a way out since officers had blocked the only vehicle entry and exit point, Owens and other police jumped out of the way — but he claimed he feared an approaching officer might be struck by the vehicle if Thomas rounded the corner of the store quickly, so he decided to open fire.

Despite these lingering questions surrounding the killing of Thomas, as well as a seemingly loose interpretation of Georgia law, Sgt. Owens will soon be promoted to Lt. Owens — apparently indicating a continuing of the trend of impunity under any circumstances for police in the United States.

And why not? Cops ‘fearing for their lives’ and then killing fleeing motorists seems to be the norm in Police State USA.

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Seneca Police Lt. Mark Tiller made the same assertion when he shot and killed 19-year-old Zachary Hammond over the possession of a small amount of marijuana. Officer Ray Tensing was caught on video killing Sam Dubose in a similar fashion. In September, cellphone footage was released showing police murdering 33-year-old John Barry, a mentally ill man who attempted to flee from police during a breakdown.

One of the most disgusting examples of cops claiming to fear for their lives as cars drive off is the case of Officers Derrick Stafford and Norris Greenhouse, Jr., who, in November, opened fire on a car occupied by 6-year-old Jeremy Mardis, killing him and severely injuring his father.

  • If the police feared for their lives, wouldn’t the car be shot-up from the front?

    • will no one pay for these crimes?!

    • no silly, he’s black, the rules are all different for blacks…. side-on is threatening enough…..

    • Unpaid traffic tickets? He was wanted on an aggravated assault charge among other felonies he had previously committed. This happened in my county less than 2miles away. The free thought project should either do better research or stop blatantly lying to its readers.

  • We the people need complete oversight over every case of police abuse or killings. Felonies for all parties involved withholding any evidence. No more police policing themselves. That will never happen though. We are heading for a Mad Max world.

  • Scary, sad and disgusting! The police are just reminding us why we called them pigs in the 6070s!!!

  • OPEN FUCKING SEASON!! I sound like a broken record I know, but we’ve talked enough! Talk ISN’T DOING SHIT! It’s time for action!

  • i hope he get shot to death

  • Wish i feared for my life, but im not a bitch.

  • Was ist das für ein rassistischeas Beamtenarschloch (Endschuldigung)

  • That’s adding quite the insult to injury..

  • That sounds about standard. They also torture their K9’s behind the scenes, and then go on TV and have big funerals for them, call them “partners,” etc. LIARS is what they are. And we had a sergeant promoted to lieutenant shortly after he caused a felony drunk driving accident (and it was covered up), and so much more…www.stoplynching.com

  • Ok Obama it’s time to step YOUR ass into this one. This shit getting outta hand now.

  • Seriously, what the hell is wrong with our culture?

  • well its official you may as well shoot the bastard cop first before he shoots you fuckit kill em theyl sure kill you

  • if it takes one killing to be lieutenant , how many unarmed civilians does it take to be a captain ?

  • why does this keep happening?

  • How can this be allowed. Its pure evil. What has happened to the land of the free. Its a horror story, its biggoted and its violent.

    • Bigoted means close minded. Not racism. And racism is defining the actions of 2 men because of their skin pigment, which you just did. So you sir, are racist. Congratulations go fuck yourself you’re part of the problem

    • Vitriolic.!

  • Nazi

  • This cop has an address. I would love to hear about him having an accident.

  • Every cops a bad cop, clean bill of past etc he is still a bad cop, Every guy shot has a rAP SHEET FROM 12 YRS OLD, BUT WAS ON HIS WAY TO CHURCH TO DO CHARITY WORK on that day.

  • RIP Nicholas Thomas!

  • should be in jail for murder.

  • Just like those cops who stomped a pregnant lady feared for their lives … fuuuucking naaaziiii swiiine !

  • I think there is something wrong with America now,your country is sick with sick leaders and corruption everywhere. That is why all kinds of horrible things are happening over there.

  • Country of freedom huh ?

  • That’ll be right good is bad and bad is good.

  • Murderer.

  • SS

  • Promoted to head coward?

  • Sad for everyone

  • Not really enough evidence revealed to the public. If you are startled you do not jump into a highpowered vehicle that does not belong to you. How do we know he was not going to lead the police on a high speed chase endangering many innocent people. If one officers life is in danger it is legal to use force by any officer that can safely do so. So there are very many grey areas here that we would need to clear up before any members of the public can make a formal non persuaded opinion of fact or fault.

  • Makes no sense that
    1. A warrant was being served at his work

    2. It was a Police and not a sheriff serving the warrant

  • Welcome to Statistland. Sacrifices to the State are required.

  • Why does this keep happening?!!!

  • WTF….. you all make me sick…. you are a PUKE COP !!

  • Unpaid traffic tickets? He was wanted on an aggravated assault charge among other felonies he had previously committed. This happened in my county less than 2miles away. The free thought project should either do better research or stop blatantly lying to its readers.

  • It’s called being promoted to you level of incompetence.

  • “Fearing for your life” is not the same as actually being in danger. Since when are baseless emotions a reasonable replacement for due process and law?

  • They know they can get away with it. Organised Chaos at street level. The good cops will fight to keep their idiot co-workers in line, which will show who the higher ups will get rid off (the good cops) as they build a force of personel who wont hesitate to murder citizens.

  • This cop, Kenneth will kill again, he got away with killing this young man and he will kill again.

  • Typical pig behavior. The cops don’t know it yet but there is something HUGE coming to them that 99% of them deserve. I can’t wait for that that day.

  • WTF!!!!!

  • Kill em all and start again, with real humans….

  • Matt Potter this is one example

  • Bottom line, you don’t run from any authority and stealing a car is not borrowing . People need to hold others accountable and stop pretending they did noting wrong , every action this guy took is polar opposite from the natural instinct of a innocent man .
    Now it’s OK for a man to steal a car at his job, speed away risking civilians lives all because he couldn’t abide by simple rules . Stop ignoring the facts , he is at fault , every time you support a case this bad you do damage to the real victims in the future. Can’t cry wolf and expect others to listen each time

  • GodWe Trust

    there are two videos of this convicted felon trying to run.over police. He was convicted for it in 2013 in Kennesaw, GA. There was a video of this incident as well backing the officers testimony.

  • 58 Squarebird

    Wanna stop Police Brutality? No paid Admin Leave and make them carry insurance for their hostile acts against unarmed citizens.