The Campaign For DA

4.08.2015

In Cold Blood



Eight shots. At a man running away. To protect and to serve.

The cop has been arrested for murder.

And you know what we normally have? The cop saying "I feared for my life" (he did), the police higher ups saying we will have a "full and fair investigation and then refer the case to the DA's office for review" (they did), and then the DA saying, "The case was presented to the grand jury who found the shooting to be justified."

But what's different here? A bystander videotaped it. (Heck, the officer glances at the bystander after the murder, and I'm surprised he didn't murder him as well.)

The officer said the guy grabbed his Taser. If you look closely, it looks like he plants the Taser by the body as the man lay dying on the ground.

Do we have an odd breed of young cops out there?

And you know what came to mind? Why hasn't the video of the shooting by the Grapevine officer of the motorist been released?  So far, the Tarrant County DA has told the police not to do so.

Edit: I missed this. We are talking New York Times not the New York Post. 


50 comments:

Anonymous said...

It does look like he dropped something next to the victim -- but what ever it is, it's likely the same thing he walked back and picked up from where he was when the video started.

Anonymous said...

There are good cops, there are bad cops, and there are non-cops. If you're a good cop or a non-cop, you'd better watch out, because the bad cops are out there waiting to destroy you. And they will, because they have a badge, a gun, and no fear of consequences.

Anonymous said...

The Ferguson shooting was justified and the subject of trumped up Al/Jesse outrage. This on the other hand....holy shit, this cop deserves everything he has coming to him.

wordkyle said...

This is one instance where I think the ubiquity of cell phone cameras is a good thing. While performing their duties, police (and all public servants, really) should be willing to be recorded. Good cops shouldn't mind, and bad cops might be weeded out.

Anonymous said...

prison for life

Anonymous said...

This is exactly why Chico will never have a black long distant runner in the Olympics

Baylor Too said...

I am shocked that the guy recording the shooting approached so closely. I would not have.

Anonymous said...

That is alarming. Sure appreciate you banging the drums for justice on this blog, Mr. Green.

Anonymous said...

"They" love to protest/riot/chant -- HANDS UP DON'T SHOOT. Maybe if this guy had done that instead grabbing the cops taser, we wouldn't be discussing this. Guess he didn't buy the tshirt.

Anonymous said...

It all started when they let police off the hook for beating people up and calling it resisting

Anonymous said...

Undesired filming of a PoPO should be a crime punishable by firing squad. That'll keep this from happening again!

Anonymous said...

Do we have an odd breed of young cops out there?

Wow, Barry way to just condemn all of the young police officers.

Do you think before you speak?

Anonymous said...

I see him pick up something at @1:47 mark but when does he plant something by the body?

Cop made a terrible decision and should be prosecuted.

Anonymous said...

If I was a cop and the way things are going for cops right now, I would ask questions after I shoot too!

Anonymous said...

I think I could have walked to the escaping perp and caught him. He wasn't very fast.

Katy Anders said...

Years ago, there was an international organization called WITNESS (promoted extensively by pop singer Peter Gabriel) that tried to supply cameras to people in the "third world" so they could document human rights abuses.

It turns out that this country is benefiting from everybody having cameras as much as anywhere else.

Denney Crane said...

This is not helping to ease civil unrest!

Anonymous said...

It's just never a good idea to go after a cop's weapons. Or commit crimes. So much of this could be avoided, by all involved, including cops.

Anonymous said...

When you fail at everything else in life, you can always become a cop. Just look at officer Graham.

Anonymous said...

A cold front must be approaching hell. I agree with Wordy for a change.

Anonymous said...

You leave out the part where they lied about giving the man CPR. If you look they are more concerned with getting their story straight before anyone shows up. You don't see any CPR at all in the video, but you see a lot of concern by fellow officers for the shooter. Officer Donut may have had to break a sweat if he ran after the guy. You see, guns are much easier than running.

Remember folks, it's not a systemic problem with police.There are two classes in this country. Cops and non-cops.

Mr. Mike Honcho said...

Do we have an odd breed of young cops out there?

No. Just more media coverage.

Anonymous said...

the black guy runs slower than Barry Green.

Why is a 50 year old man running from the police?


Famous and very relevant quote:

Try and slap me, kid? Welcome to the gun show.
~Barry Green

Anonymous said...

I have been in law enforcement for 18 years. This cop's actions were indefensible.

Anonymous said...

10:07 AM

Correction... He became a cop not once, but twice. Double fail.

Anonymous said...

Two wrongs don't make a right. He he hadn't ran and did what he was told he would still be alive. The cop paniced and got pissed at the guy and let his emotions take over.

Some other points - He doesn't look like a young cop. This all started because he was being pulled over for a broken tail light. Why the hell was he running?

Anonymous said...

Isn't it odd that a DA & Grand Jury will ALWAYS take an officer's sworn statement as holy writ, unless conflicting evidence such as this video comes out? Tape them all, all the time, I say. And always be skeptical of the lone surviving witness in a shooting, be it cop or offender.

DF DA Tim Curry

Anonymous said...

How well do the other inmates treat cops when they land in prison?

Anonymous said...

Do you? "Odd." As in "anomaly." As in "different from the all the rest."

Anonymous said...

10:30 (The idiot one)

That horse died a long time ago.

Anonymous said...

Why was he running? To get away from a tail light ticket? Leaving his car behind. Something doesn't add up.

Anonymous said...

What were the two items that were on the ground? I saw something (gun?) fall to the ground. The first frames of the video show some kind on struggle before the item fell to the ground and the black guy took off.

Anonymous said...

Paging Al Sharpton. Paging Al Sharpton. You are needed immediately to stir up more civil unrest. And bring your buddy Eric Holder with you, please.

Anonymous said...

Ifin Obammy had a son! he would be a dead son!

Anonymous said...

@ 246

Yep, you're right. And sadly, we're gonna have to endure every piece of vile garbage they can spew this time. Even if the cops find a freezer full of severed heads in the perp's garage, there is no way that cop was in fear for his life when he pulled the trigger. Let the niggers have him...

Anonymous said...

This is why we can't have nice things.

Anonymous said...

I believe it is time to paint lawyers with the same broad brush with which Mr. Green paints policemen. Henry Wade or Sharen Wade.

DF Claude Monet

Anonymous said...

9:10

Bu usually paints by the numbers.

Denney Crane said...

Mr Sharpton is now calling for all police departments to become "Nationalized".

Personally, I don't think race played a part in this shooting. I think he would have shot any male subject, regardless of race.

This has compromised the future safety of all police. It has also added fuel to the fire that all white people are racist.

Anonymous said...

He had him on the ground arresting him when he struggled free and ran. All he had to do not get killed is let it happen . Wouldn't be the first time he was caught. Our policemen shouldn't have to fight everyone the stop . I don't care if they shoot all that resist. Damn !!!

Anonymous said...

What needs to happen is give all patrol officers Barney Fife privileges. You get 1 bullet and it stays in your front left pocket. If you really need it you can use it, but you only get 1 and it stays in your pocket. Once you prove you are responsible enough to be trusted, we might let you keep it in your gun.

Anonymous said...

9:59

The final choice was the cops.

Anonymous said...

I'm going to wait until ALL the facts come out. This morning, news has come out of an altercation prior to the video being taken.

Mmmm....only an idiot would come to a conclusion before all the facts are present. Looks like a bunch on this post.

Anonymous said...

agree 8:26

Have they even determined if this is real? or is it propaganda?

Anonymous said...

That's not us, Barry.

I don't know a single police officer who has viewed that video who has even attempted to defend that shooting.

I am disgusted by it, as we all should be. But I'm glad that the video was made, because it will help us bring Michael T. Slager properly to justice.

It won't be enough. But it never is, when a person kills another person.

Don't for a second believe that we officers can empathize with that.
That is not who we are.

Anonymous said...

Anyone can shoot a video of a situation with only the parts they want you to see.

Let's see one of the full situation.




Anonymous said...

But that's not all folks...today we find out the cop has prior offenses of aggression on citizens.

Anonymous said...

It amazes me that some on this blog can defend the cop doing the shooting. It doesn't matter why the guy ran. It doesn't matter if there was a scuffle before the recording began.
The cop shot the guy in the back 8 times while he was running away. It appears that the cop went back an picked something up then dropped it where the guy was dying on the ground. The report by the police doesn't come close to what is clearly visible on the video.
No cop on here has defended the shooting - for any reason.
What this does demonstrate is that "some" police reports do not accurately describe the event. This must be fixed.

Anonymous said...

This is one of the few (first?) Videos I've seen where the context is so unimportant it is nearly worthless.

The guy knew he was about to get hurt by the cop so he ran (halfheartedly at that).

Then the cop plants the Tazer on the decedent.

The only surprise is he didn't make a drop piece of an ankle holstered pistol.

The murderous jackass knew he was going to kill somebody dark skinned first chance he thought he could get away with it.

Psycho.

Anonymous said...

The cop should have bent over that guy as though he were rendering assistance and reeled the Tazer in by the wires.