I generally report on cases and jury verdicts without opinion. This time however, I feel the need to editorialize.
I reported on the killing of Daniel Shaver in April 2016. That post includes a video of Daniel’s widow talking about the conversations she had with authorities that centered on the body cam videos and a plea deal. It left me with the feeling that she believed that if the videos were publicly released and Philip Brailsford brought to trial, that the jury would convict him.
Some of us know better. The families of Sam Dubose, Eric Garner, Walter Scott, Delrawn Small, Alton Sterling, Patrick Harmon, Dillon Taylor and a host of others, know better.
For years, I’ve mentioned that justifiable homicide burden of proof in cases involving police shootings is wrong. It’s wrong because the deceased are blamed for the officer using deadly force. The dead cannot face their accuser. The justification is one-sided, and it always includes what the officer thought. Defense attorneys argue an abuse of discretion burden of proof without the jury knowing the requirements to meet that proof. An abuse of discretion is if the accused has failed to exercise sound, reasonable, and legal decision-making skills.
Law enforcement officers are given discretion in performing their jobs. They are even given discretion on whether or not to stop and frisk; whether or not to arrest; and whether or not to use deadly force.
Discretion is what gives police authority to see a woman crying for help on one side of the street, and a suspicious person standing on the other side of the street, and stop and frisk the suspicious person rather than help the woman crying for help, (while the man who snatched the woman’s purse and knocked her down breaking her leg, casually took off in a Ford pickup truck with a Confederate Battle Flag in the rear window). Read the rest of this entry
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Here are some things happening;
Mesa Police Department officer Philip Brailsford is on trial for the killing of Daniel Shaver. I’ll post on it when the jury hands in a verdict.
The jury is deliberating in the federal trial of three Boynton Beach police officers accused of violating the civil rights of a passenger in a vehicle. If they reach a verdict tomorrow, I’ll blog it on Monday.
Charleston, West Virginia officer Stephen Doss plead guilty to failing to use his lights and sirens in a crash that killed 80-year old Dora Clarke. Doss initially faced a charge of negligent homicide which carries a one year prison sentence and $100 fine. His plea carries a maximum sentence of 10 days in jail. Sentencing is scheduled for December 7, 2017. Last week, the Charleston City Council approved a $675,000 settlement for a wrongful death claim that followed Doss’ accident. Read the rest of this entry
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A police report indicates that an unarmed young father of two begged for his life before being shot dead by a police officer in Mesa, Arizona. His distraught widow is now fighting to ensure that the officer responsible ends up behind bars.
According to KTAR radio in Phoenix, the newly-released police report indicates that Shaver told officers “please don’t shoot me,” shortly before he was indeed shot five times and killed.
Philip Brailsford, a former officer for in the Mesa Police Department, has been charged with second-degree murder, and he has pled not guilty. Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery said a plea deal is being considered, in place of going to trial. Read the rest of this entry