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Samuel Alito v. Edward Garner


A Memphis case from the past affords some clue to Supreme Court nomineee Samuel Alito's legal thinking:

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Shoot To Kill
Alito's blank check for cops.
By Emily Bazelon
in Slate
Posted Friday, Dec. 2, 2005, at 6:06 PM ET



Favors deadly force when even cops don't
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Favors deadly force when even cops don't

Late on an October night in 1974, Memphis, Tenn.,  police officer Elton Hymon responded to a call about a break in. At the scene, a neighbor said she'd heard glass shattering and pointed to the house next door. Hymon went behind it. He heard a door slam. Someone ran into the yard and stopped at a 6-foot-high chain-link fence at the yard's edge. Hymon shined his flashlight at the person and saw a teenager who he could tell was unarmed. Hymon called, "Police, halt." The teen started climbing the fence. Hymon shot him in the back of the head, fatally. Edward Garner was a 15-year-old black eighth grader. He was 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighed about 110 pounds. A purse and $10 were found on his body.

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