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Family of Man Shot 100 Times By Deputies to Sue

Society & Culture  (tags: car theft, overkill, shot, more then 100 times )

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ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - The family of 27-year-old Torey Breedlove is suing the Orange County Sheriff's Office after deputies fired more than 130 shots at him, killing him. It happened back in January.

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Lynnzie S (8)
Friday February 26, 2010, 9:23 am
If that's not excessive force I don't know what is. Totally unjustifiable.

Colleen L (19)
Saturday February 27, 2010, 5:30 am
Disturbing to say the least. There is no question that excessive and unnecessary force was used.

Em D (204)
Saturday February 27, 2010, 5:50 am
There is no way they needed to shoot over 100 shots for one person no matter what the reason is.

Terry B (649)
Saturday February 27, 2010, 6:10 am
Well, you have to realize that the reason a lot of guys become cops (not all of them, of course) is that they are sissies and don't feel like real men unless thay are pointing a gun at someone.

The old Pat'n'Mike joke. Pat becomes a cop and startes beating Mike.
Mike sez, "Why are you betin' me, Pat? What did I do?"
Pat sez, :Mike, I'm not beatin' you because of what you did. I'm beatin' you because I got the aut'ority!"

Kathleen Ford (1)
Saturday February 27, 2010, 6:49 am
I'm so anger , over a hundred times , my god what is the world coming to , and this has happen within our UNITED STATES . Out of CONTROL !!!!! God knows why & what their own motives where , each and every officer who had a hand in this should be fired !! , of course I hope his wife wins ..

Kathleen Ford (1)
Saturday February 27, 2010, 6:51 am
Well said Terry !!!

John Smith (1)
Saturday February 27, 2010, 7:35 am
thanks for the post

Linda J (0)
Saturday February 27, 2010, 7:54 am

Brigitte T (69)
Saturday February 27, 2010, 1:28 pm
Clearly in FL (and other states), sheriff deputies have appointed themselves not only to act as the judge AND the jury, deciding this unarmed man deserved the Death Penalty on the spot, but they couldn't wait to also be the FIRING SQUAD.

If this is not abuse of power, I don't know what it.


Brigitte T (69)
Saturday February 27, 2010, 1:42 pm
They should be suspended and even fired. They are a public danger. Shooting 100 times in a residential neighbourhood, and the victim was unarmed?

They apparently can't tell the difference between their video games and reality.
And they get paid for this.

If they are not stopped they may do it again.


Gillian M (218)
Saturday February 27, 2010, 2:25 pm
I have always believed that police shoot first and engage a brain cell afterwards.

However, it is difficult to make a fair comment on the department until all of the facts are known.

James C (43)
Saturday February 27, 2010, 2:33 pm
If he had been shooting at them with a machine gun, one could understand how maybe 20 or 30 bullets might have been fired, but over 100? If I was on the jury, the family would get $1,000,000 per bullet.

Nobody should be killed over property!

Jeanne M (84)
Saturday February 27, 2010, 2:43 pm
He was unarmed?! Trigger-happy does not even begin to cover it.

Ray W (10)
Saturday February 27, 2010, 3:39 pm
This is the way macho, egotistical "cowards" act.

pam M (98)
Saturday February 27, 2010, 3:50 pm
Wyatt Earp snydrome, is what they call it, but Earp rarely used his gun. Ever heard of shooting a body in the foot or leg. Just watch the program "cops" you'll see how they treat the races differently while arresting. Whites are mostly left to their own devices, walking around etc. Minorities are ordered to the ground. I bet you stats would show more cops are shot by their own than minorities because the LAW IS NOT PRACTICED EQUALLY. How many black men have to die, needlessly by cop genocide, how many black men reaching for a lighter have to be murdered before something is done? Gone are the days of lynching lets just shoot them outright...many a racist hides behind a badge and a gun in the name of the law.

Matloob ul Hasan (81)
Saturday February 27, 2010, 5:47 pm
Noted, thanks.

Past Member (0)
Saturday February 27, 2010, 6:07 pm
100 times?!

Past Member (0)
Saturday February 27, 2010, 6:07 pm
i would sue too

Josh Townsend (34)
Saturday February 27, 2010, 10:02 pm
That's unbelievable.

Past Member (0)
Sunday February 28, 2010, 12:01 am
This sort of thing makes me fear going to America. You cops (while there are good guys too) are often shown on tv shows like "cops" and the news abusing their power- I saw one of them reach through a car window and TAZER a woman. why? because she was on the phone she had just said "sorry, I really have to go. I'll call you back." and then she got tasered!
And of course that video of... I think they were train station employees.... tasering each other and themselves and laughing their arses off.

some poeple just shouldn't be given tasers (which are considered more dangerous then guns by many- though I feel it's about even) and some peopel just shouldn;t be in a poition of authority.
I hop the familly gets alot of money- it won't bring back their loved one, but it will help to get justice and stop this idiot from ever doing this to another familly again!

Gloria L (58)
Sunday February 28, 2010, 2:33 am
Premeditated murder. Lock them all up. Throw away the key. Take all of their money and possessions. Give to the victims along with $100 million dollars. Start all over with this police department and screen each and every officer to make sure he doesn't hate. Teach them how to love. If not possible then they are sociopaths and should go to prison forever. Is there no security anywhere???
And by the way, take all the far rightwing jerks who spew hatred everyday on the radio and tv waves, which belong to the people, off of the air and wash their mouths out with soap, over over over again. Then put them in prison forever for Hate Crimes. They are damaging the soul of America and the World. I mean it.

Bob E (113)
Sunday February 28, 2010, 3:47 am
I will get some remarks but here goes…

(1) We do not have all the facts in this case
(2) Cops do sometimes overact and overstep their boundaries
(3) Some Cops are bullies and complete jerks
(4) Cops do have a hard job dealing with the slime of the earth on a daily basis
and here it is…
(5) Torey Breedlove was playing with fire and taking chances (if he stole a car)
(6) There can be unknown consequences for doing stupid, dangerous things
(7) If you deal with the police, there may be unknown deadly consequences
(8) You can’t expect police or society to treat you with kid gloves overtime you break the law
(9) If you are a repeated felon, expect that sometime you will be handled violently; expect it
and here again
(9) You and I would be playing with fire with unknown consequences if we stole a car

Here’s the bottom line…
(1) America breeds criminals (we produce too many)
(2) Our society focuses too much on wealth, fast money and the easy life
(3) We have too many guns everywhere
(4) We have a violent society
(5) We should work toward a better society which practices justice for all

Terry Breedlove certainly received excessive force (too much force)
Terry Breedlove was playing with fire and unknown consequences
I feel sorry for the Breedlove family
I feel sorry for American society

Jere W (9)
Sunday February 28, 2010, 5:06 am
Noted with disgust! Gee, overkill? Ya think???

Barbara West (0)
Sunday February 28, 2010, 9:51 am
I think they need to do some serious "housecleaning" at that police department. I thought that police officers first job was to "serve and protect"??? Guess they felt really threatened by the UN-ARMED man.

Deborah O (98)
Sunday February 28, 2010, 9:30 pm
Law enforcement reacts so much more seriously to auto theft than to child molestation. It's guns blazing, high speed chases and pull out all the stops for the one and the revolving door for the other. One wonders who sets these priorities.

Yvie N. (0)
Tuesday June 29, 2010, 9:19 am
@ Bob E. - I agree with your assessment.

Yes, I feel it was a bit of overkill, however, when you steal a car (ALLEGEDLY) and try to run over cops with it (so yes, he was armed.. the car was being used as a weapon) then you're gonna get what you asked for. If you think a car isn't a weapon, then ask the parents or brother or sister of a child that's been killed by a drunk driver. THE CAR WAS HIS WEAPON!
My mother and whoever's mother that is reading this is not overly concerned about us being in a situation where we would be fired at 133 times because we don't steal cars and we don't run with the wrong crowd. We don't have a criminal rap sheet and we choose our associates wisely (or try to anyways).

LET ME REPEAT...I'm not saying the cops were justified in shooting 133 rounds, HOWEVER, what I am saying is that when you choose a certain life style, you can't be surprised by the outcome! Wake up people. Instead of putting all the blame on the police, let's also remember the fact that he broke the law (ALLEGEDLY) and he has to shoulder some of the responsibility. If he had not have stollen this car (truck, van--whatever) (again, ALLEGEDLY) he'd be alive today.

I have a brother that is a criminal and I tell him the same thing... because of the life style that you chose, now you can't get a job because no one wants to hire a criminal (or drug addict, etc.,) so you have to lay in the bed you made!

Yvie N. (0)
Tuesday June 29, 2010, 9:36 am
In addition to my previous comment.......yes, they did use excessive force because firing 133 rounds in a apartment complex could have ended very badly. Stray bullets or bullets ricocheting off of buildings HAVE NO NAME ON THEM. Yes, the officers need to reprimanded... BUT considering that I have many close friends that are officers and family members in law enforcement, I can understand how when one person is "attacked" they all get involved and jump in to protect their family member... the same thing happend when we were children. If someone were to start a fight with my sister or brother, 1/2 of the family would be there, including aunts, cousins, uncles, ready to take down whoever was trying to hurt my kin! (come one... you guys know what i'm talking about.)

I'm not trying to make excuses for anyone but if I had to deal with scum on a day to day basis and am only called when there is a fight, a burgarly, murder, suicide, etc., my patience would begin to wear thin, and I would look at the human race differently and i'm sure yours would also. How often do you hear of fire fighters going crazy and throwing people INTO the fires? Rarely, if ever. Fire fighters have a heavy responsibility, but they don't deal with the constant negativity that officers do. It takes a special person to be an officer (man or woman) and it is a job that I physically or mentally ABSOLUTELY CANNOT do (hence why I am not in law enforcement.)

I think all officers need to be psychologically examined before they are given a badge to try and cut down on people who abuse their power--because there are some cops out there that do that. They get off on doing it. And it's those bad guys that give all of the good guys a bad name. I have a "cousin" that is a CO at the state prison in FL and he is an a$$ if i've ever met one! He needs to be fired because he treats the inmates like dirt just because they're inmates--he talks down to them and calls them "boy" just to try and get a fight started. It's idiots like him that make it hard for the good people.

As for mr sherrif and mrs sherrif... I think they both are dirty. I personally think it's a conflict of interest to be working direclty with your spouse--most employers do not allow that. Since they've been in office, more and more leaks have come through the department and I think it's time for new staff, starting from the top on down.
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