18 July 2008

KingCast presents: One year ago today in Franconia, part un.

One year ago, before KingCast v. Ayotte et al. (Grafton 07-E-268) aired the truth about Gregory W. Floyd one and two and the fuller sordid history of Bruce McKay and his real legacy, this was what was happening:

1. The Spirit of Liko Kenney.
2. Nelson Mandela's Birthday post.
3. Petting puppies and wondering about animal cruelty.
4. John Sedgwick and I discussed his upcoming Boston Magazine story.
5. Res Ipsa One: Documenting Kelly Ayotte's lies to Attorney Harold Burbank.


Christopher King said...

From the email tip jar today:

Hi Chris,

I had a stormy relationship with many in Franconia, but generally liked them, well most of them, but the Liko shooting has always seemed odd to me. I recently found your web site and it renewed my interest. I was just watching the video of the interaction and shooting and something odd stuck out to me that I have not heard anyone comment on, but might lead to being able to prompt the AG or Safety to address this in a responsible manner.

In the first few seconds after Liko is run off the road, you can see both him and his passenger clearly through the window of the Tahoe. Liko and his passenger both offer their hands. By doing this, Liko indicates that he is no longer controlling the vehicle and is not putting up any resistance.

His passenger then points out the driver’s side window and Liko proffers what appears to be both hands out the driver’s window. McKay advances rapidly and proceeds to pepper spray the interior of the car. The rest, sadly is history.

My questions, not being a lawyer or an officer, are the following:

Would proffering your hands in that manner twice not then legally terminate any further action intended to subdue a suspect on the part of an officer?

What leeway do they have to continue to pursue the suspect in a subduing manner without further provocation?

Is the policy “up to the officer” or is it until the next action by the suspect that indicates either danger to the public, the officer or themselves?

If McKay felt threatened, is the protocol to continue the engagement or is it to call for backup?

If McKay did feel threatened, why use pepper spray on a subdued and evidently surrendering suspect? Why not brandish his firearm?

My point is that I think the use of the pepper spray was purely out of anger and in clear violation not just of department policy, but also possibly a crime. At the point of Liko proffers his hands in surrender, McKay is acting no differently than if you and I got in a fight and I used it on you in any other manner than self-defense or if I used it arbitrarily.

At what point does officer discretion cease and their actions become governed by standard laws regarding the use of force?

A reply would be appreciated. I am interested in this and interested in preventing the naming of any roadway after McKay. I did not interact with him, but have heard enough to formulate an opinion that he deserves no such recognition.



Christopher King said...

And the reply:

Negative Dano.

Kelly knows all about that and I have distinctly brought it up.

As to the polices violated they are linked here:


On the run, trying to get to Franconia tonight.

Will send more links soon. Read this one.


Meanwhile share the blog. It has all you need to know and you can run word searches in the top left corner.


Anonymous said...

Nice, one of the two "real documents you put up" was re-written and added to almost every other line. It's a shame there is no original correspondence. Is that because all the correspondence from the state says that the msgs are for the person they are addressed to only and not for distribution, and should they be the document creator should be contacted and the document destroyed?

Christopher King said...


You're acting stupidly.

The documents were obtained pursuant to RSA 91-A and they are fully public.

I clearly noted what was added.

You got anything intelligent to say, give a holler.

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