Overly enthusiastic police are about the so-called “precisionimmobilization technique” which, in layman’s terms, means driving into any moving vehicle that they desire to stop. Sometimes it is used for traffic enforcement, which can be quite simple.
Christopher Baldner, a New York State trooper was arrested for second-degree murder. He used this method to avoid giving the driver a speeding tickets. He rammed the SUV from behind twice more and flipped the car over the guardrail, killing Monica Goods (11-year-old) and her sister (12-year-old).
Baldner pulled Monica’s dad Tristin Goods over on Interstate 87 in Ulster County December 22, 2020. He was accused of speeding, while they were traveling to family Christmas visits.
Interview with The New York Times Daily NewsGoods recalled the conversation in June before his car was rammed.
He screamed at me: ‘You drove 100 mph and your car shook! Goods were recalled.
“I stated, “The tractor trailer behind me shook my car.” I held the steering wheel with both hands. I couldn’t get out the car. Goods stated that I wasn’t a threat to him. I asked for a supervisor.”
The two argued — with the trooper demanding to know if there were “guns or drugs” in the car, Goods recounted.
My wife claimed she was tired and he replied, “I don’t care if you are tired,” Good [sic]This was recalled.
The trooper returned to his cruiser — and when he returned, he flooded Goods’ SUV with pepper spray. Goods stated that the trooper had been well informed of the presence of young girls when he sprayed the car.
Goods stated that he didn’t warn them about the pepper spray. He didn’t tell us to get out of our car or that we were under arrest.
Goods claimed that his children were crying and that he was worried about his safety. Instinctively, Goods said he drove off.
Goods explained that she didn’t know what Goods was going to do next. I was shocked to see him go.
Baldner chased Goods and hit him twice, flipping the SUV.
Baldner, who had at least once rammed into cars filled with passengers twice before, had never previously been accused of murder. The local NBC affiliate reported that his charges included second-degree murder as well as second-degree insanity.
Baldner will be appearing in bail on November 4th. He faces possible life sentences of up to 25 years for second-degree murder. Baldner was also suspended without pay from his job. The spokesperson from the State Police told us that Baldner has been suspended without pay. Daily Freeman He could not remember in recent times a state trooper being charged with murder.
Monica’s mother Michelle Surrency spoke out to the Chicago Defender, “She could make anybody laugh, it doesn’t matter how you felt and it hurts that we don’t have that no more….We were robbed and it’s not fair. This is not fair.
Baldner’s union the Police Benevolent Association stated in a statement by Associated Press, “As this case progresses through the legal process, we look forward for a review of and public release the facts, including those of the motorist who recklessly started this chain.