Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Review: Shooting Last Resort Ansley Report Cites Need for Displine

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Review: Shooting Last Resort Ansley Report Cites Need for Displine

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I think it is clear that the police put themselves in danger

and I think that's the heart of what we're dealing with here. He

pointed to the fact that had they adhered to the policies of the

Sheriff's Office, this lady would not be dead. We're looking

clearly at that. NAACP President Fred Matthews

A Jacksonville college professor used by the NAACP to review the

Jan. 7 fatal police shooting of Shirley June Ansley has

concluded that police acted in good faith and fired as a last

resort.

But the professor's report added that some discipline may be

justified because police put themselves in danger, creating the

need to use deadly force.

The review prepared by Stanley L. Swart, an associate professor

of criminal justice at the University of North Florida, also

concluded that police are not at fault for chasing Ansley's van

after an officer tried to give her a trespass warning.

But Swart also said that other officers may have decided not to

chase her and suggested the Sheriff's Office clarify its pursuit

policy. The case, which Swart called "a tragedy for all

involved," is scheduled to be heard tomorrow by a Sheriff's

Office Use of Force board.

Swart's report was discussed last night during a meeting of the

Jacksonville branch of the NAACP. A copy of the report was

obtained by The Florida TimesUnion.

Swart was sought out by the NAACP after Ansley's family

contacted the civil rights organization for help, said NAACP

President Fred Matthews. The NAACP called for an investigation

into the matter, which they said had racial implications since

Ansley was an African-American and the officer who shot her is

white.

Swart's findings will be presented to the organization's

executive committee in the next few days for further review,

Matthews said. Swart's report comes a day after a Miami police

sergeant, paid by the Jacksonville police union to review the

case, concluded that police did nothing wrong. Swart worked for

free.

Ansley, 56, was shot four times by Officer Terry E. Shirley,

who said he fired in self-defense after Shirley turned her van

at him following the chase in Baymeadows. Ansley's van was

pursued after she drove away from her employer's office, where

another officer had been urged to write her a trespass citation. …

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