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Video Exposes ‘Official’ Account as False, Shows Cop Kill Man as He Ran Away 

Nashville, TN — Last Friday, Jocques Scott Clemmons, 31, was pulled over for rolling through a stop sign near his home at Cayce Homes public housing development. Less than 1 minute after the stop begins, however, Clemmons would be shot in the back, dying a painful and slow death.

How exactly did a routine traffic stop turn into a police-involved shooting death? Well, if you listen to the Nashville police department’s original story, Clemmons charged at officer Joshua Lippert, causing a physical confrontation, who then had no choice but to shoot him. However, a video from the nearby housing development, released two days after the killing, tells a different story — a story in which Clemmons was shot as he ran away.

When police released the first video, it appeared to back up their claim of a physical confrontation as it was shot from an angle that made it hard to see what actually transpired. The video shows Clemmons run toward Lippert’s unmarked patrol car and then it ends.

However, the newer video showed that Clemmons never got close to Lippert and instead tried to run around him.

As the new video below shows, no struggle happened until Lippert pursued Clemmons and physically grabbed him. However, the entire time it appears that Clemmons is simply trying to get away as he knows that this meeting will likely end with him locked in a cage.

According to police Clemmons had a gun and was reaching toward his waistband. Lippert said he feared for his life and had no other option but to open fire on Clemmons. Police also claim that Clemmons was holding the gun and refused to drop it. However, if you watch the video below, it appears Clemmons was only trying to get away from Lippert. At no time did Clemmons take aim or point anything in Lippert’s direction.

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As Clemmons ran from him, Lippert opens fire. Clemmons was struck twice in the lower back and once in his left hip, according to police. He later died in surgery.

“He got out of his car, left the door open, started running, police shot him in the back three times, he fell to the ground, a few police officers went over and looked at him, walked away, and that’s about it,” a witness told WKRN.

“As part of the full and accountable investigation into this matter, it is important that the community know of this new development,” Metro Police Chief Steve Anderson said in a statement after the new video was released. “The investigation is active and progressing. We are engaging with the FBI.  Citizens have my assurance that the investigation will be fair, objective and complete.”

Following the release of the new video, the ACLU of Tennessee noted that the shooting “raises serious questions” and they called for a thorough and transparent investigation, according to the Tennessean. 

“The shooting of Jocques Clemmons did not happen in a vacuum,” ACLU-TN executive director Hedy Weinberg said in a statement. “While further investigation will undoubtedly focus on uncovering additional details about what occurred after Officer Joshua Lippert stopped Mr. Clemmons, incidents like these also compel us to take a step back and ask why Mr. Clemmons was stopped in the first place and how officers make decisions about who to stop for minor traffic infractions. Anyone discretionary stop risks a tragic ending if there is an escalation of conflict – far too frequently such escalations result in police use of force, and also expose police to unnecessary risk.”

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Immediately after the shooting, local media, with information from the police, put out a story calling Clemmons ‘a gunman’ — in spite of the fact that Clemmons was not the person who fired the shots. The local media was also given Clemmons’ criminal history by police in an apparent character assassination to justify his death.

Clemmons, who was by no means perfect, does have a criminal history. However, most of his charges are for misdemeanor traffic violations and a drug charge. He also pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor charge of aggravated assault in 2012.

Conveniently left out of the original news story was the fact that Lippert also has a tainted history. Lippert, who was officer of the month in 2014, has also been in trouble with his own department, multiple times.

Lippert, 32, has spent 20 days suspended for various police code violations, including two instances involving physical use of force, according to Metro police records.

As the Tennessean reports, in October 2015, Lippert used physical force to pull a black motorist from the vehicle during a traffic stop, even though the driver said he’d be willing to get out in the presence of a supervisor. Lippert was also reprimanded for having the man’s car towed without giving him a chance to park the car or turn it over to someone else.

In another case, the officer was reprimanded when he “created the necessity to use force against an intoxicated subject” who was being arrested, according to the disciplinary record, according to the Tennessean. That subject was white.

A GoFundMe account has been set up for his funeral which will be held on Feb 18th. As of Friday, the response has shown to be overwhelming and they family has reached their goal.

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Could Clemmons, who left behind two young children, have reacted differently and still be alive? Absolutely. However, does that justify his death?

Sadly, several people took to the comments of Clemmons’ GoFundMe page to let the family know that, ‘yes’, Clemmons running from the officer did justify his death. What do you think? Let us know in the comments below.

Matt Agorist is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA. This prior experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. Agorist has been an independent journalist for over a decade and has been featured on mainstream networks around the world. and now on Steemit
  • The Cat’s Vagina

    What do you think? Let us know in the comments below.

    Gimme that! *takes away Matt’s crack pipe*

    Seriously though, we’ve seen this all before and it ended with a hung jury. Tamir Rice (whose murderer never even stood trial) would also still be alive if police departments gave a rat’s ass about violently incompetent cops.

    • Matt Agorist

      lol, I had to.

      • The Cat’s Vagina

        *chuckles amiably* I suppose you did, but we both know I’m going to be a hostile cunt to anyone who takes the wrong side of this issue.

        • Guy

          Nice tag team you two run here ! Matt set’s em up and you beat the shit out of em for disagreeing with you !……………. You know I just yanking a chain or two !?

          • The Cat’s Vagina

            It’s sets. No apostrophe necessary!

          • Guy

            Tell that to my spell checker, it never lie”””””’s !

  • TOPDOG1

    Panic (Fight or flight reflex) is the first reaction of all living creatures. Any police officer who uses lethal force against anyone who panics and tries to flee is guilty of murder. These officers demand immediate and blind obedience. These tyrants should be fired or removed from duty. Those higher up in the chain of command (the Chief of police as well as the City Counsel should also be held personally responsible.

    • Guy

      What planet do you inhabit ? Because you certainly are not from my part of the universe ! This is just normal stuff, that happens every day, except for different town and actors that they come from !

      Here ? We all are suppose to take it with a grain of salt as you would scratching a itch !

      After all, There will be an impartial and thoughtfully through investigation, that is totally transparent according the the Chief and DA ! So set your mind at rest, and have faith in the system ! Right !!!!

      • TOPDOG1

        I am in this one’Earth’ and in Nashville where this shooting happened. If you become aware of the higher standards placed on all officers by the Nashville Sheriff’s department and the City Council as well as an aggressive internal affairs here. Any abuse of the citizens or any infraction by the officer is harshly dealt with. You can bet a fair and accurate investigation is what they will get. Many are fired. Nashville police are the finest law enforcement in America. If you wish to see an exemplary and well trained force and fully under control as well, it is them.

        • Zackknowitall

          Until the families stop popping a cop murdering their loved ones they will never stop. If a pig murders one of mine his fear will be very real.

        • Guy

          You are probably right about your town of Nashville and all the wonderful things you say about it’s fine police department, that no doubt all the people just love to be around, knowing that they are working hard to keep them safe !

          Yep indeedy, that is untill crap like this goes on, then you can take all of that fantastic bs you just laid out there, and toss it out the window ! Every pd in America will all tell you what a fine job they are doing policing there communities, that is untill they get caught with there hand in the jar, and go union spokesmen and lawyer up, with no commit ! But I will give the benefit of doubt to you and wait and see !

          • TOPDOG1

            I agree with you 100%. I don’t like cops and I do not like being forced into an Authoritarian police state.I am just saying that Nashville is an exception. The area where this happened is a high crime area where many shootings happen along with attacks against police. I have lived in various country’s where the police dominate. I keep returning to Nashville for many good reasons. A large part of the Nashville jail budget is going into building a center where mentally disturbed people are taken instead of to jail. So do not close the books on Nashville so fast. Also if you read the article you were see where this officer has been called to the mat several times in the past. Probably; he will be fired. A bad police force does not discipline their officers. Excessive force is not tolerated here. Even our anti-police marches were tolerated with no arrests and no force used. They merely blocked the interstate and directed the traffic so the protesters were not run over by a semi. Just recently a police officer was made officer of the year for not shooting when they were physically attacked in this very same neighborhood.

  • john smith

    SMH

  • doucyet

    At the 15-16 second mark you can clearly see Clemmons go for his gun. The officer was quicker on the draw, bang you’re dead! Another one bites the dust!

    • The Cat’s Vagina

      You can’t “clearly see” much of anything in that video, so fuck off and step on a Lego, you inhuman jackass!

      • doucyet

        *smiles at the stupidity of some folks*

        • The Cat’s Vagina

          *bursts out laughing and shoves him playfully* Shut your stupid ass!

          • doucyet

            Replies, while my “ass” may be stupid (if that’s possible) the many nauseating comments throughout this thread and “article” are fodder for the gullible.

          • The Cat’s Vagina

            Which particular comment(s) did you find most nauseating?

          • doucyet

            *smiles*

          • The Cat’s Vagina

            It’s that asshole over there, isn’t it?

          • Vincent D’Emidio

            Mentally retarded people “smile” when you talk to them!

          • doucyet

            Many people smile. I understand it’s hard for you most of the time with that dick in your mouth.

          • Vincent D’Emidio

            Oh, check out the Bald Eagle, as though you are some kinda tough guy! As “Ralph” of the Honeymooners would say, “You got me mighty scared, I’m shakin’ to death”.

            You see, that’s why you LOVE the pigs — oops! I meant, ah, “cops” — you need them to protect you from MY people (you can call us the REAL Americans).

          • doucyet

            I need them to kill your people since it’s against the law for me to do it!

          • Vincent D’Emidio

            Why don’t you come to the Bronx and run your “white boy” mouth? You aren’t afraid of the law…you are SCARED of “my people”, who, by the way, would eat your flesh off, punk!

          • doucyet

            Tompkins Park 4pm. I’ll be the white boy with the MAGA hat.

          • Vincent D’Emidio

            “Thompkins Square Park”?!!! Is that your idea of a tough place? Maybe in 1973 it was, back when I was gang-banging, and dealing Herb, but now it’s a Gentrified area full of Yuppies!

            I’ll make you an alternate proposal…meet me on the corner of Freeman Street and Southern Blvd. in the South Bronx…y’know, the BLACK and L ATIN part of the Bronx. You won’t need your MAGA hat…your white ass will stick out like a sore thumb! At that point, I will educate you, and as we all know, “education” can sometimes be painful!

          • doucyet

            The only education you can give is on sucking cock, I’ll pass. But I’m sure with your experience, you have a Masters Degree.

          • Vincent D’Emidio

            Actually, I was talking about the lessons I would give you on humility, RESPECT and good manners! As it stands now, you are an ill-mannered ass!

          • doucyet

            You came at me first dip shit.

        • Vincent D’Emidio

          Just wait till the Revolution comes! You people (yes, I said, “you people”, cop lover) are gonna be in a world of shit. Get ready!

          • doucyet

            Well, if it isn’t Vince the tuff guy from the Bronx. *shaking in my boots*

            Oooooo the revolution. When you hood rats start venturing out into our neck of the woods, bring your your mommies to comfort you.

          • Vincent D’Emidio

            No, I’d rather have your mama “comfort” me with her fat, smelly ass!

          • doucyet

            She’d kill your fat ass before you cleared the first fence.

          • Vincent D’Emidio

            Well, that’s more than I can say for a PUNK like you. You would need an Atomic Bomb to kill me…and even then, my burning body would jump on you and “light your fire”.

          • doucyet

            E10th and A at Tompkins Park 4pm. I’ll be the white boy with the red MAGA hat.

          • Vincent D’Emidio

            Whatsa matter, PUNK? You didn’t like it when told you about yourself, so you decided, like a little girl, to delete my post!

            The TRUTH will set you free, boy!

          • doucyet

            I deleted your post! What a dumb ass……..you’re more stupid than I thought.

          • Vincent D’Emidio

            Of course you did! Why should anybody else delete it? It would appear that the truth bothers the hell out of you.

          • doucyet

            No one can delete your post but you, or a moderator.

          • doucyet

            I’ve heard that cockroaches can survive a nuke blast.

          • Vincent D’Emidio

            This “cockroach” can SQUASH you!

          • doucyet

            A 500 pound cock breath like yourself………no doubt!

          • Vincent D’Emidio

            “500 lbs.”? Then how the hell would I be able to get such a fine, CURVY woman like the one on my facebook page? You’ve seen the picture

    • Vincent D’Emidio

      Another cop-lover SHOULD “bite the dust”. You see, there are PIGS and PIG enablers, like you.

      • doucyet

        Can’t hear you Vince. Take that Bronx cock out of your mouth.

        • Vincent D’Emidio

          All right, and after I take it out, I’ll stick in your mother’s ass! Hey, why don’t you come to the Bronx and PROVE that you’re not a coward?

          • doucyet

            Bronx tough guy……..I can’t hear you! You must be sucking still.

          • Vincent D’Emidio

            Yo Bubba, I’m not a “tough guy” — that is, in the scheme of things. Well, compared to you, I’m a “tough guy”. Indeed, compared to you, “drag queens” are “tough guys”!!!

            Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • doucyet

            Dumb ass.

    • Abz B Zbas

      I agree with Cat’s Vag – you can’t see anything clearly in the video.

  • Zackknowitall

    He should have killed that cop.

  • Ibcamn

    figures,no video on my page……..typical reaction from a criminal cop,,shoot them as they run away,not the first time a spineless coward cop does this.

  • After he was shot, you can see the officer give him a chance, get down or im gonna shoot you again, nope he turns and runs, gets shot again..