Thursday morning feel good stories

| October 18, 2018

From Cleveland, OH

A Cleveland police officer fired after he was accused of shooting and killing an unarmed burglary suspect in 2015 has been reinstated.

Cleveland police union officials told the Fox 8 I-Team Wednesday that Alan Buford won an arbitration ruling and will be reinstated.

“This is another example of the city wrongly firing a good police officer,” said Jeff Follmer, president of the city’s police union.

City officials could not be reached to discuss the matter. It is not known if the city will appeal the ruling.

Buford was acquitted in 2017 of negligent homicide after fatally shooting Brandon Jones, 18, outside a Parkwood Avenue store March 19, 2015.

Buford and his partner confronted Jones as he was leaving the store with a bag of stolen cigarettes, the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office said.

Cleveland police said the officers got into a struggle with Jones when they tried to arrest him. That’s when Buford fired his service weapon, killing Jones.

Jones did not have a weapon. Buford’s attorney argued the shooting was justified because a reasonable officer would have feared for his life.

Attorney Paul Cristallo, who represents the family of Brandon Jones, says a wrongful death lawsuit against the city and the officer is still pending in court.

Cristallo released a statement on behalf of Brandon Jones’ family, “We are shocked and saddened, yet not surprised. This is why civil rights lawsuits are necessary. What other job can you shoot and kill a young man without provocation and get your job back without any ramifications. Brandon’s family did not get justice in the criminal case and now they are denied the satisfaction of knowing that this officer would be held accountable by the Cleveland Police Department. We are left with their last hope for acknowledgment in the civil court. It may ultimately take a jury to objectively judge Officer Buford for his wrongful actions.”


A violent domestic dispute between a man, a woman and her daughter ended in gunshots when a neighbor stepped in, potentially saving a life.

The shooting happened around 10 p.m. Tuesday night at the River Chase Apartments on Harvard Drive in Clarksville. Police said the man accused of battery is the one who ended up dead.

Clarksville Police said that man was beating a woman and her young daughter when a neighbor attempted to break up the fight. The neighbor grabbed the handgun he owned and tried to stop him.

“He did approach the individual who was assaulting the lady and her child and did, at gunpoint, instruct him to leave them alone and sit down on the curb,” said Clark County Prosecutor Jeremy Mull.

Police said the man complied for a while but then tried to attack the neighbor and ignored warnings to stop. When he came at the neighbor, police said he shot him.

“Based upon what we learned last night, I’m of the belief that it was self-defense, that it was justified under the law and therefore there was no arrest made in the case,” Mull said. “In a case where an individual was acting violently and had just violently assaulted a child and a defenseless lady. Due to his intervention, that assault was terminated and this individual was ultimately killed in an act of self-defense.”

On Wednesday, the River Chase Apartments sit quiet. Police filled the area near units on Harvard Drive Tuesday night after reports came in that a man had been shot and killed.


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  1. Commissioner Wretched says:

    I’m always confused by people who claim they “didn’t get justice” in a case or event.
    “Justice” is not getting the outcome you wanted from the trial.
    “Justice” is getting your day in court, to state your case, and to prove it if possible. There is always the chance that the outcome won’t go the way you wanted it to go.
    … or am I looking at things the wrong way?

    • Comm Center Rat says:

      I’m reminded of the famous New Yorker cartoon that depicts a lawyer facing his client, asking the critical question: “You have a pretty good case Mr. Pitkin. How much justice can you afford?”

      As Will Munny said to Little Bill Daggett in the Unforgiven, “Deserve’s got nothin’ to do with it.”

    • desert says:

      The Jones family got their justice! They raised an uncivilized p.o.s. a wart on the ass of humanity, and that wart has been surgically removed…relax family…next time RAISE you chillens to treat people the way YOU want to be treated or STFU!

  2. Ex-PH2 says:

    “This is why civil rights lawsuits are necessary. What other job can you shoot and kill a young man without provocation and get your job back without any ramifications.”

    Yeah, but if someone is committing a crime and is stopped by the police, and refuses to obey them, has evidence of his crime on his person, and gets into a tussle with them, what is it about the “family” (aside from ‘gimmecash’) that says his civil rights were violated, as long as the police
    followed procedure? It appears to me that they did.

    This is nothing like the LaQuan MacDonald thing, in which it is clear that MacDonald was high on something, carried a weapon in full sight, and the police officer over-reacted, shooting him 16 times.

    Or maybe I’m just over-reacting to the greed people display when they think they smell money.

    • 5th/77th FA says:

      No ma’am, you are not over-reacting Ex. It’s always about the money. The good news is that in this case, the Police Union came thru for the officer. The bad news is, no one ever knows what a jury will do. Think OJ’s two different juries. Just saying.

    • Haywire Angel says:

      You are not over-reacting at all, especially when the media jumps all over situations like this.

  3. If the Officers were following the Fergussion effect and taking there time getting to the scene so when they arrived, the perp would be gone. Stick to parking tickets on empty cars and stay away from moving violations so maybe you could go home to your family and not be the headlined feature for a shooting. Same thing on a gun run. Take your time.

  4. Forgot to mention that the Fergussion effect should be carried out in certain neighborhoods.

    • OWB says:

      No, really, it should not.

      Human nature dictates that becoming targets does in fact make officers rethink their response to calls, and that is probably a good thing over all. Will some officer drag their feet? Probably. Will dragging their feet make things better or worse when they do get there? Who knows, but most officers won’t want to take the chance that things have escalated while they delayed.