CU Buff after Airsoft gun police stop: "Go ahead! Shoot me, motherf*cker!"

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Thornton.
At first blush, an incident in which several CU Buffs football players weren't charged with a crime doesn't seem all that newsworthy. But a police stop that took place this past weekend continues to ripple through the program, with one player quitting after contributing to a minor panic over an Airsoft gun and coach Jon Embree suspending two others, including wide receiver DaVaughn Thornton, who's quoted in the police report on view below as telling an officer, "Go ahead! Shoot me, motherfucker!"

According to the report, a Boulder Police officer driving on northbound Broadway at just shy of 2 a.m. Saturday morning was flagged down by a woman driving yellow school-type bus. She said she'd seen a passenger in a silver sedan with California license plates waving a gun at a vehicle in the lane next to it -- and both of them were still in view.

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Jermane Clark.
The officer responded by flooring it, then going after the sedan, a silver Audi A6, as he called in the gun report -- and the BPD responded in force, sending seven more officers to the scene. The other vehicle, a green BMW, stopped as well.

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Jered Bell.
The narrative refers to the technique used as a "felony hot stop" tactic, and it prompted the passengers in the Audi (Anthony Canty, Jeffrey Thomas, Jermane Clark and Jered Bell, all CU Buffs, plus Moses Vigo) and the BMW (players DaVaughn Thornton, Derek Webb, Joshua Moten and Moses' brother Paul) to become "verbally antagonistic," the report claims.

After everyone was taken into custody, Clark asked one of the officers, "What's going on?"

"We received information that there's a gun in the car," the officer replied. A moment later, he asked, "Is there a gun in the car?"

"Yeah," Clark said, "but it's a BB gun."

In fact, the weapon was an Airsoft pistol "labeled and fashioned as a Walther CP99," the report says.

At that point, the document notes that those in the Audi calmed down. But over at the BMW, Thornton, in particular, is said to have kept up the invective. Examples quoted:

"Go ahead! Shoot me, motherfucker!"

"My dad's a sheriff!"

"I can go wherever the fuck I want!"

"This is Boulder and you have your guns out?"

This last question is one that resonated with others in Boulder, particularly given that no charges were filed against anyone involved in lieu of a BPD representative meeting with the CU-Boulder athletic director "to discuss the conduct of the athletes and the impact their behavior had on police services throughout the entire city at the time of the incident." However, Police Chief Mark Beckner justified the actions of his officers in a Daily Camera interview, deeming the operation appropriate.

Meanwhile, Coach Embree took actions of his own, suspending Thornton and Thomas for the first two games of the season. In addition, Clark left the program due to what the Camera describes as a "combination of family issues and his involvement in the incident."

Look below to read the entire police report, followed by two Camera videos: the first featuring Embree's comments, the second showing police footage of the stop itself.

CU Buffs Airsoft Gun Report

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Steven M Palmer
Steven M Palmer

Proof that just because you are in college doesn't mean you have intelligence.

Elizabeth Doherty Habermehl
Elizabeth Doherty Habermehl

Some people don't think through their actions...hopefully this will be a learning experience for those boys. It's sad because every one of them has worked their asses off to be where they are...it is hard to be a top athlete...to lose what you have worked so hard for is really sad...I'm sad for the boys

Craig Doherty
Craig Doherty

Yeah, I tend to think that if you want to get in someone's face (cop or not) and demand that they do something to harm you, you pretty much should expect at least a beat down, but if, like in this case, the cop has more sense than the kid, then at least expect that you will be charged with menacing (or whatever applies) and be given no quarter. When I was embedded in the middle of the NATO protests in Chicago a few months ago, even most of the protesters (not the ones hogging the cameras) were not upset when black-clad antagonists screaming at and pushing cops were selectively and surgically removed by same as most people knew that they were media hogs just making everyone look bad by trying to taunt the cops to retaliate with equal or greater force on camera.

Craig Doherty
Craig Doherty

Yeah, I tend to think that if you want to get in someone's face (cop or not) and demand that they do something to harm you, you pretty much should expect at least a beat down, but if, like in this case, the cop has more sense than the kid, then at least expect that you will be charged with menacing (or whatever applies) and be given no quarter. When I was embedded in the middle of the NATO protests in Chicago a few months ago, even most of the protesters (not the ones hogging the cameras) were not upset when black-clad antagonists screaming at and pushing cops were selectively and surgically removed by same as most people knew that they were media hogs just making everyone look bad by trying to taunt the cops to retaliate with equal or greater force on camera.

Craig Doherty
Craig Doherty

Are Jermane Clark and Jered Bell related. They look so much alike. Let's see how long it takes them to correct the pictures

Sean Michael Sullivan
Sean Michael Sullivan

BPD was more than appropriate. No business riding around at 2 am waving what looks to be a gun out the window...

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

CU sucks anyways !

I've been embarrassed of Boulder

since 'Mork & Mindy'...

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

I do not believe this for one single minute !

An african american using abusive language

towards a police officer ???

I don't think so......

ESPECIALLY, when there's no mention ,

of the youth in question screaming ,"NIGGER !".

every other word.

"Shoot me mutherfuckur'", don't sound right...

Matt_in_Boulder
Matt_in_Boulder

Jered and Jermane must be twins.  They look strikingly similar!  ;-)

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Soooo ... do tell, gun nutters, why is it OK for a WHITE Neanderthal named Mapes to openly carry a REAL firearm into a theater wearing an antagonistic T-shit that identifies him as an unbalanced low-grade Teabagger just days after a theater massacre -- thereby predictably inciting a rational response from police ---- but a bunch of BLACK dudes who are publicly playing with FAKE firearms don't have a legal right to incite the same fear and concern amongst the populace? 

 

Inquiring minds want to know why you aren't defending the LAWFUL right to play AirSoft as strongly as you defend the lawful right to play armed Rambo in public?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Another incident in the long standing Audi vs. BMW feud ...

LIMD
LIMD

 @Won_Leg

 Why yes, I can't imagine these "fine young men" used any slurs or bad language.  (sarcasm off)

LIMD
LIMD

 @DonkeyHotay

Let's see....who is more likely to be be violent?  A "teabagger' or a gangbanger?  Exactly.

Monkey
Monkey

 @DonkeyHotay Brandishing is a crime, even an air-soft gun. I don't know why they didn't charge him. A holstered gun, real or fake, is not a crime and should not instill fear and concern amongst the populace, white or black. If you pretend to draw a sidearm and pull up your finger, you can be charged with brandishing and you might get shot, legally.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @Monkey Go ahead my simian friend -- do post the criminal Colorado Statute or Boulder City Code that defines "brandishing" a firearm, real or not.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @LIMD Reading Comprehension = FAIL.

 

They didn't pull the toy gun on the cops, nor upon any civilians.

 

 

LIMD
LIMD

 @DonkeyHotay You don't pull a weapon on a cop and not expect to be in a world of trouble.  These guys get no sympathy from me.

 

LIMD
LIMD

 @Monkey

 Years ago, a cop was patrolling a neighborhood in the dark in a (I'm guessing) bad area of town.  A kid had a toy gun and pointed it at the cop.  The cop couldn't tell if it was a toy gun or a real one in the dark, so he fired at the kid. Since then, toy guns are manufactured with the little red/orange thing on the barrel.

KYS.
KYS.

 @DonkeyHotay Please. You can't go around bitching about how dangerous guns are and how looney gun owners are in one post then try and justify these moron's actions in another.

 

Do you realize how hypocritical you are, or is that just something that comes naturally to you?

brianafrederick
brianafrederick

 @DonkeyHotay You again, are wrong. If I could pet your head I would. You need a placebo via my petting, to your, head. There was a crime. I hope you stop being wrong sometime soon. you're leaving these threads with nothing more than "snake oil"

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @brianafrederick So WHOM did they threaten, exactly?

 

It wasn't their pals who KNEW they were playing around with a toy.

 

Without a SPECIFIC THREAT against a SPECIFIC PERSON that they KNEW would be "in fear of IMMINENT SERIOUS BODILY INJURY" ... there is NO CRIME.

 

Try again.

 

 

brianafrederick
brianafrederick

 @DonkeyHotay It doesn't matter who Donkey - it matters that they DID. I understand your narcissism when you post a hundred times a day on Westword's threads, I do, but you're pretty much extremely wrong on this one. Is the menacing legislation flawed? Maybe. But per the resulting factor, they were menacing, and probably got off easy because they were prominent figures in the school. Had this been some junkie from Thornton it probably wouldn't have made the media and he probably would have spent many years in prison. Yes, menacing happens all the time and yes, there are thousands in prison because of it with a lifelong felonious record. 

 

Fact of the matter is we're in a hypersensitive state right now in Colorado and doing anything remotely close to agressive is going to merit a lot of attention. The guy who brought the gun into the theater? Not menacing because he wasn't brandishing. Hell he probably had too much nacho cheese on his fingers to even work the gun properly, I know I would have!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @brianafrederick So whom, exactly, did they menace?

 

Did they threaten any bystanders?

 

Did they threaten the person who called 911?

brianafrederick
brianafrederick

 @zman8465 Ya I was totally going to pull the menacing card out too. You got it right on the head. Regardless if it's a toy gun or not, someone driving doesn't know that - and any idiot waving a gun around should be charged as such. It's actually a fairly serious felony as a few people I know have been charged with it. One of them had a golf club in his hand. Which could do some damage as well. Donkey - They're lucky they're not going to prison. The cops did everything "to the books" and yet people still bitch about the cops? Come on. Common sense says - hey don't play with a gun when there have been mass shootings in America the past few weeks. There's sensitivity out there. Also common sense says, don't fucking point toy guns at people when other people with cell phones can see you.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @zman8465 So what threat of "physical action" to another did they "place another person in fear of imminent serious bodily injury" ??

 

Certainly not their pals who knew they were playing with airsoft toys.

 

Did they overtly threaten anyone else?

 

James mAPEs -- by openly carrying a gun into a theater days after a theater massacre and wearing a T-shit that identified him as an unbalanced mental Neanderthal, surely by the very physical action of openly displaying a firearm in the theater places other persons in fear of imminent serious bodily injury -- ipso facto causing honest citizens to call 911.

zman8465
zman8465

 @DonkeyHotay 

Mapes was doing nothing illegal.  The morons in the two cars were committing crimes.

 

That arrogant SOB Thornton should have had a fist rammed down his throat for such vulgar language to a cop.  What an embarrassment to CU and the football team.  He's the typical punk with a chip on his shoulder.  He'll be lucky if he makes it to age 25...he just hasn't mouthed off to a bigger guy yet,

 

Here you go, Donkey: 

 

Colorado Statutes

Title 18. CRIMINAL CODE

Article 3. Offenses Against the Person

Part 2. ASSAULTS

 

Current through Chapter 3 of the 2012 First Extraordinary Session

 

§ 18-3-206. Menacing

(1)A person commits the crime of menacing if, by any threat or physical action, he or she knowingly places or attempts to place another person in fear of imminent serious bodily injury.

 

Menacing is a class 3 misdemeanor, but, it is a class 5 felony if committed:(a)By the use of a deadly weapon or any article used or fashioned in a manner to cause a person to reasonably believe that the article is a deadly weapon; or(b)By the person representing verbally or otherwise that he or she is armed with a deadly weapon.

 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @Monkey Your legal fail and surrender is accepted.

 

And your slavish support of any Cop who would "legally" blast a child "brandishing" a pop-gun into oblivion is hereby noted.

 

Monkey
Monkey

 @DonkeyHotay I'm not your lawyer, do your own homework. Better yet, pull an air-soft gun on a cop and see what happens.

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