Tuesday, October 10, 2006

911 Tape Paints A Different Picture

Initial reports about a shooting incident last week involving four Pacer players during which Stephen Jackson was struck by a car and reportedly fired shots in self defense paint a different picture than a 911 call released yesterday. The release of a 911 call from a patron outside Club Rio last Friday morning describes a scene where 10 men are engaged in a brawl in the parking lot and one man pulls out a gun and starts to shoot it. WRTV provides a transcript of the call from one woman:

"There was, like, 10 people fighting in the parking lot -- fistfight. And then the guy pulled out a gun. He has on a red shirt with white stripes and a ball cap," the woman said, apparently describing Jackson.

The call played by WRTV made no mention of Jackson being run down by one of the men in an escaping car, which a surveillance video reportedly captures. Police are still looking for three men involved in the incident. Police have described Jackson as acting in self-defense when he fired shots from his gun.

Reggie Miller isn't holding back his criticism of the Pacer players. He doesn't think Pacer players should be standing up for Stephen Jackson. "You shouldn't stand behind a player that is someone slapping you guys in the face during the middle of training camp being out a strip club at 3:00 in the morning shooting it up like it's the wild wild West."

UPDATE: IPD has made its first arrest in the Pacer brawl at Club Rio. Deon “Dino” Willford, 23, Indianapolis, was arrested on initial charges of criminal recklessness, leaving the scene of an accident and driving without a license according to the Star. He was held this morning in the Marion County Jail with bond set at $100,000. Police say Willford is the man who was driving the car that struck Stephen Jackson.


Anonymous said...

This will be swept under the carpet by the mayor's influence and
that's why we need Brizzi because he does make enemies by not being in their pocket.

Anonymous said...

Obviously, Reggie is right.

I know an LEO who saw the tape. He said the tape only shows part of the incident, and it definitely shows the car trying to run over Jackson.

But, shots were fired after that, as the car was driving away. How is it self defense to shoot at someone running away, in a car no less, while you're on foot?

OK Corral here we come.

Anonymous said...

Jack did a mea culpa on TV last night.

Not a bad performance.

It wouldn't been more complete if he'd simply said:

"I shouldn't have been there. I shouldn't have had a gun. I shouldn't have fired. I apologize to my team and the community. Give me another chance and I will change."

Fat chance.