Jordan Fuller. Richard Poplawski. Discharged from Marines for throwing a tray at a drill instructor Lived with his mother and grandmother Married at 17 to a women he met in a juvenile correctional center, divorced her Assaulted his girlfriend Multiple fights and arguments with neighbors.
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Discharged from Marines for throwing a tray at a drill instructor
Lived with his mother and grandmother
Married at 17 to a women he met in a juvenile correctional center, divorced her
Assaulted his girlfriend
Multiple fights and arguments with neighbors
Believed Obama was trying to take away his gun rights
Believed that the government was being controlled by Zionists
Believed that an economic collapse was coming that would result in civil war
Was a white supremacist and a member of multiple websites
Dismissed from the marines for throwing a tray at a drill sergeant
Met his first wife at a juvenile correctional center
Violated an order of protection on his ex girlfriend
Arguments and fights with neighbors
Verbally assaulted a black man by shouting racial slurs
This was his most recent crime
Shot and killed three police officers
Seriously injured 2
Eyewitness testimony, he was in a standoff with the police it was very obvious it was him
Bullet casings were collected from the scene, over 600 shots were fired between Poplawski and the SWAT team
Forensic evidence, not extremely necessary because it was clearly him
He was sentenced to three counts of death by lethal injection
(no nickname given)
“Tell my wife and kids I love them” – Officer Kelly (one of the victims)
“After all three officers were down and incapacitated, he thought it was a good idea to shoot into them… just to make sure” – Mark Tranquillli (Deputy District Attorney)
I think that the theory that best describes Richard Poplawski would be labeling theory. I think that labeling theory best describes him because he was thrown into the system when he was just a young adult. I feel that he was probably treated like a deviant or criminal his entire life. I think the idea was pounded into his head even more when he was discharged from Marines. I think that he is almost a perfect example of secondary labeling theory because he did a deviant act and was labeled for it. I think that this label he may have received when he was younger stayed with him for the rest of his life.
I feel that because of the label he received as a younger person he felt that he was not a normal person. I think that this may have made it easier for him to snap the way he did. I do not feel that the label is what made him snap I think it just made it easier for him. I do not think that he was mentally all there and so when he snapped the people that were around suffered because of it. Because I think that he accepted the label that he was a deviant he was made more able to do the awful things that he did.
Because the crimes that he committed were relatively recent there are no cultural references other than being covered in the local news and media outlets.