Ryan Van Hoy 
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Re: “What, if anything, could exonerate Michael T. Slager?

In agreance with what John Paul Jah stated, the only reasonable defense rests in a use of force grey area.

Police officers are trained that in the event someone attempts to take their weapon they are then authorized to immediately use lethal force.
Since Scott allegedly gained or attempted to gain control of Slager's taser, that could set the precedent. As well, Savage could argue that because Scott allegedly attempted to take Slager's taser, the officer had reason to believe that Scott would make an attempt to gain control of his pistol if he tried to apprehend him again thus fearing for his life and resulting in his escalation to lethal force.

The NIJ use of force continuum is vague and highly litigious in nature affording officers maximum discretion in their actions as well as highly articulable defense in wrongful use of force situations. The answer isn't so much to change police training (as I believe they need more by the way of marksmanship and defensive tactics for the sole aim of increasing officer survivability), but a reform of the Use of Force continuum to make the justification to use deadly force much less vague.

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Posted by Ryan Van Hoy on January 10, 2016 at 12:30 AM

Re: “How Charleston's next mayor can help the city erase its stubborn color line

What do we call the Jewish color line that dominates all the commercial development on the peninsula? Or do we just not talk about that one.

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Posted by Ryan Van Hoy on October 25, 2015 at 8:22 AM

Re: “Mark Sanford is no legal scholar when it comes to the Affordable Care Act

The fact that the director of the IMF is pressuring OUR elected leaders to raise or debt limit is the real issue here. And it dhould be major cause for alarm to rach and every person in this country. It's not about budget, it's not about health care, it's not about partisanship. It's about US being used. This idea of default and the need to raise the debt limit is a fallacy being perpetuated by misinformation. Tax revenue doesn't stop being collected just because of a "shutdown". More revenue comes in than the amount of interest that needs to be paid out to avoid defaulting. Appeasing the IMF by raising the debt limit doesn't grant the country the ability to keep doing business. It only brings us closer to austerity. This is our fight. It is our country and it is our life. These men and women in Washington who are flat out failing all of us do not control these lives we lead. We do.

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Posted by Ryan Van Hoy on October 6, 2013 at 9:11 AM

Re: “Mark Sanford is no legal scholar when it comes to the Affordable Care Act

Whoa whoa whoa. Hold on. GOP failure to pass the budget and holding the government hostage. You seriously said that. Look up legislation by appropriation and get an idea about what side of the aisle all the friction is coming from. The GOP controlled house has passed numerous budget bills only to have them voted down in the DNC controlled senate. The dems are whining about the affordable care act. They need to fold on this one and play their next hand. Other than the opening paragraph, great article.

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Posted by Ryan Van Hoy on October 5, 2013 at 1:46 PM
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