published Friday, August 19th, 2011

Chattanooga officer's killer loses appeal

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    Isaac Jones III is pictured in this 2005 file photo.

A man convicted in the shooting death of a Chattanooga Police Department officer in 2002 was denied a second appeal related to the case Wednesday before the Court of Criminal Appeals in Knoxville.

Isaac Jones III, who was convicted in the killing of Officer Julie Jacks, argued that his attorney failed to let him testify at his trial or object to the claim that he had molested his cousin.

Jacks, court records say, was trying to arrest Jones when he took her gun and shot her seven or eight times before slipping the gun into a sewer.

Jones will continue serving the 25-year sentence given in 2002.

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TrailerParkStud said...

He shot Officer Jacks 7 or 8 times!!! If this doesn't call for the death penalty, what does???? How pathetic!

August 19, 2011 at 10:10 p.m.
ddgala said...

04-15-2012 On the day that Officer Jacks graduated from the Academy, I was present. My presence was for a friend who had graduated from the Academy, and I was merely in the right place to meet her, as I met others from that class as well. She was full of life, promise, hope, and desire to help her brothers and sisters in Blue to make Chattanooga a better place to live. Any time that someone attempts to get your weapon, please keep this special young woman in mind. She would not want anyone to end-up like her by hesitating to one's compromise.

This would, of course, make it more, rather than less, of a need to use one's weapon during a potential or actual struggle where a person's firearm could be stripped away and used against oneself.

Lately, there has been a lot being said about the use of DPF during a struggle or attack. Officer Jacks (a White Police Officer) lost her life (2002) at the hands of her assailant; a 17-year old Black youth who was 6'2" and 200lbs in Sanford, FL was a killed during a scuffle; and a 17-year old White youth who was approximately 190lbs. at 10'8" was shot twice and killed when he rushed an armed Black man in Greece, New York (2009). One case shows us what can happen when we do not use DPF fast enough with an assailant, one case shows us what happens to an attacker when a person protects decides to use DPF to protect oneself from an attacker, and another case in Sanford, Florida may have been a similar use of DPF.

Officer Jacks loss of life and the lesson we learned from it should never be allowed to happen again.

As for Isaac Jones, III, he should suffer the life of an inmate..., forever. He should never be released from prison. And yes, this may have been one of those cases when the death penalty would be appropriate. I am at odds with the swiftness of the death penalty - no more pain, and the life locked-up behind bars - where suffering never ends.

April 15, 2012 at 9:48 p.m.
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