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Boulder Cop Who Killed Elk Gets Renewed Attention Following Brown, Garner Verdicts

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In the wake of the recent Brown and Garner case verdicts, Twitter users are bringing renewed interest to a 2014 case involving a Colorado cop who shot and killed an elk. 

Last January, ex-cop Sam Carter illegally shot killed a trophy elk with his weapon in a neighborhood of Boulder. The attack was premeditated, and Carter was later convicted on nine counts, including four felonies. He was sentenced to jail but was later given probation.

Twitter users are resurfacing the Carter case following the announcement this week that a grand jury in New York City would not convict a police officer who strangled Eric Garner, an unarmed African American man, reports the the Denver Post.

Here are some of the tweets.

 

 

Some of the tweets use the hashtag #elklivesmatter, a spin on the #blacklivesmatter hashtag used to bring attention to the Brown and Garner cases.

 

Prosecutors showed that Carter shot and killed the elk with his weapon and did not report it. He said the elk was injured and needed to be put down, but text messages showed that he had planned the attack in advance.

His felony convictions include attempting to influence a public official, one count of forgery, and two counts of tampering with evidence.

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Boulder Cop Who Killed Elk Gets Renewed Attention Following Brown, Garner Verdicts