Amy B. Wang and Kristine Phillips question the choices the Weirton Police Department in West Virginia made on the career of Stephen Mader, who recently lost his job after he hesitates to shoot, in their article, “‘Just shoot me,’ an armed man told a cop. The officer didn’t and was fired, his lawsuit claimed.” On May 6, 2016, Stephen Mader received a domestic dispute call, and “once on the scene, he encountered a “visibly distraught” man named Ronald J. Williams.” ( Mader tries to convince the man to lower his gun, but Williams refuses; therefore, when Williams raised his gun, another officer killed him. A month later, Mader was fired for not following the police department 's procedures.
Facts About the Case On April 4, 2015, 33-year-old Michael Slager, was an officer with an excellent employment review history of exceeding excellence. He was on duty with the North Charleston Police Department when he stopped Walter Scott's, a 50-year-old father and son, during a routine traffic stop. He claimed that the rear brake light was out. This is typically a valid reasoning for a standard traffic stop. There were 2 people in the car that was stopped.
Melvin Santiago of the Jersey City Jersey Police Department was not simply shot in the line of duty, he was viciously ambushed by a man determined be a cop killer and, possibly, to commit suicide by cop (Kulbarsh, 2015). The attacker, Lawrence Campbell, age 27, assaulted an armed security guard inside the Walgreens pharmacy, took the guards pistol, told witnesses he was going to be famous (New Jersey police officer shot, 2014). Campbell waited in the parking lot for the first cruiser to arrive and opened fire on officer Santiago as he stepped out of his vehicle. Thirteen shots were fired, and Santiago was struck in the head. As the shooting was happening, other officers arrived and began firing at Campbell from their vehicles.
but he did have a small area of blood coming from around his mouth and was obviously deceased. Sgt. Bowden was notified of the incident. MEMS unit #619 responded to check for signs of life on Mr. Davis and medical instruments indicated a shallow arrhythmia. MEMS began CPR on Mr. Davis and
He came back to the jail and gave himself up. At the time the wound did not appear serious but blood poisoning set in and death followed. Coseboom and Saunders told authorities Millard had fired recklessly and should be fired. A jury found the shot fired by the officer was in the line of duty and no blame
The videos from these sources are not being released, however, as investigators do not want the evidence to be tainted. When asked if the videos show if Clark was handcuffed or not, Department of Public Safety spokesman Bruce Gordon reiterated that the videos did not capture the whole incident. The head of the Minneapolis police union, Bob Kroll, said that he hopes the people saying that Clark was handcuffed “make a statement to the BCA on the matter.” He also believes that if those making these statements are lying, “they should be charged with a crime.”
On Friday, Yanez was cleared of all the charges related to Castile’s killing. Philando Castile was shot dead by Yanez during a traffic stop, last year in July. The officer shot Castile, seconds after he informed him that he was carrying a gun. According to The Guardian, Castile’s killing attracted national attention, when his lover oozed the grim aftershock on Social media.
On July 5, 2016, Alton Sterling was fatally shot by Blane Salamoni, a Baton Rouge police officer, in a convenience store parking lot. Salamoni was responding to a call about a man brandishing a gun and thought that Sterling fit the description of the suspect. However, when Salamoni arrived at the scene, he immediately became violent in his use of force on Sterling. Body camera footage shows Salamoni “slamming him into a car; twice ordering the second officer, Howie Lake II, to use his Taser; and threatening to shoot Mr. Sterling with a gun pointed at his head” (Fausset, 2018). Also shown in the video is Sterling doing his best to follow Salamoni’s orders although he was being pushed around by officers for the duration of the encounter.
On the afternoon of August 9, 2014 an African-American male by the name of Michael Brown was fatally shot to death by a Caucasian male police officer named Darren Wilson in Ferguson, MO. An investigation was immediately launched through the collection of evidence from the crime scene, multiple autopsies of Michael Brown’s body, and interviews with witnesses. For several months following the shooting and after the Grand Jury adjourned, there was immense public speculation and scrutiny over whether Officer Wilson justifiably shot in self-defense or in racially motivated cold blooded murder. This event produced protests, riots, and national media coverage. The two conflicting sides of the story were that Michael Brown was shot in the back with
The Nashville Police Department stated at one point Clemmons had the gun in his hand and refused to drop it, which prompted Officer Lippert to feel he was in danger causing him to shoot Clemmons three times (Cardenas, Alund, & Sawyer, 2017). During the shooting incident Clemmons was struck twice in his lower back and once in the left hip (Cardenas, Alund, & Sawyer, 2017). Clemmons later died in surgery at Vanderbilt Hospital (Cardenas, Alund, & Sawyer, 2017). The public response to the incident included tremendous skepticism, because of how the incident was initially reported. The community was concerned that a white police officer was involved in the shooting of a black man, who appeared to be trying to runaway from the officer.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, departments that serve less than 2,500 people are 84.4% white and departments that serve millions are 53.4% white (as cited in Fifield, 2016). Notably, Over the years, a lack of diversity within law enforcement has become a pertinent issue. Notably, the underrepresentation of minorities within law enforcement influences the relationship between communities and law enforcement by engendering distrust with law enforcement. To say nothing of, underrepresentation of minorities have had many people question whether departments mirror a diverse community. Nevertheless, with that being said, underrepresentation of minorities have generated tension and distrust between communities and law enforcement and many believe that police department need to mirror the race composition within their cities.
Tamir Rice was a twelve-year-old boy playing in the snow at his local park, making the mistake of waving an air pellet gun at strangers- a mistake that would cost him his life. A bystander made a call to 911, and when the police arrived on the scene, within seconds of exiting the vehicle, Rice was shot. According to an article by the Pittsburgh Tribune, although police have been caught in the act, captured on camera committing a crime, they are not prosecuted 96 percent of the time. November 22, 2014, twelve-year-old, Tamir Rice, was playing and posing with his air pellet gun when a man sitting in the park called 911 to report, “there’s a guy here with a pistol, pointing it at everybody… [The gun] is probably a fake, but you know what,
Sexually, mentally, and physically abused; slaves were struck, smacked and slapped by their masters. Slavery is a practice in which people own other people. A slave is the property of his or her owner and works without pay. The owner, who is called a master or mistress, provides the slave with food, shelter, and clothing. Slavery is a cruel and abusive way to get work done.
In today’s modern society, many feel that is okay for a police officer can kill a man armed with a harmful weapon at any cost. On many news channels, there are various amounts of articles and reports about a police officer committing this act. Even though a police officer has the right to take action against an armed man, this could be argued in many circumstances. In the 2013, Sammy Yatim was a young adult with a mental illness and was armed with a weapon on a streetcar in Toronto. Yatim was confronted by Const.