Keep in mind this is just CNN and probably not the true story from more legitimate sources that will tell us how the cops were manhandling the chick and the dude just defended her honor.
http://www.cnn.com/2010/CRIME/06/29/flo ... tml?hpt=T2
Officer Jeffrey Kocab was pronounced dead at a Tampa hospital after the incident about 2:15 a.m. Tuesday. Officer David Curtis was pronounced dead later, although police said he would remain on life support for a few hours, as his family had chosen to harvest his organs. Both officers were 31, according to the department.
Kocab's wife is due to give birth next week, while Curtis leaves behind his wife and four sons, ages 9, 6, 5 and 8 months.
http://www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafe ... 105674.ece
Hours after the deadly encounter, the wife of one of the slain officers went into labor with the couple's first child.
Sometimes you just pull over an oft-misunderstood young man like this:
The path of Dontae Rashawn Morris has crossed those of countless police officers, who have pulled him over for traffic violations and arrested him 17 times in the state of Florida on charges ranging from cocaine possession and sales to attempted murder.
Morris was first arrested at 16 on charges of disturbing the peace on a school campus. As a juvenile, he was also charged with vehicle theft, battery on a school employee, drug possession and the possession of a weapon at school.
Court files state that he completed school to the 11th grade. He was in a juvenile detention center in Oct. 2003 when a fight broke out. He and another juvenile were watching the fight when, for no apparent reason, Morris punched the juvenile, records show. He pleaded guilty to the battery and was sentenced to time served.
According to Steve Hegarty, spokesman for the Hillsborough County School district, Morris bounced around several different schools between time behind bars.
He began at King High School in 1999, but also spent time at Chamberlain, Armwood and the Richard Milburn Academy, a charter school that closed in 2006. Morris left the charter school about two months before it closed.
On Feb. 15, 2004, a Tampa Police Officer saw Morris getting out of an SUV that had been reported stolen three days prior, the arrest report says. As the officer approached Morris in a marked patrol car and ordered him to stop, Morris ran. The officer caught him five blocks away.
Morris said he gave a Puerto Rican $200 worth of crack cocaine for the car three days earlier. Once taken into custody, police said they found a small baggie with four white rocks in his possession.
In 2006, a jury acquitted him on charges of attempted first-degree murder, aggravated battery with a firearm, attempted robbery and possession of a short-barreled shotgun. Police said Morris tried to rob 50-year-old James Harvey Wright. When Wright said he didn't have any money, a man shot him in the left arm.
On Tuesday, Wright said he still bears the physical and mental scars of that night. He now has three video cameras keeping watch at his home, he said.
"I wanted to see that guy behind bars five years ago," he said. "I'm lucky to be alive."
On March 18, 2008, Tampa Police were searching for an auto theft suspect when they observed a group of 10 men, including one that matched the description of the suspect.
When police approached him, Morris immediately fled through backyards, records show. He was caught after a brief foot chase and officers learned he had five outstanding warrants. He pleaded guilty to obstructing or opposing an officer without violence.