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The Most Inhumane Officer-Involved Shooting of the Year: At a Glance
Meet The Punk
Meet This Punk, Philip Brailsford
Here is Philip Brailsford everyone. His appearance is rather police-like if I do say so myself. I've been stopped for going 5 over in the 30 mph zone by many under-educated men that look like exact clones of him. He's got the black glasses with the camera attached. They look like something you'd buy at a flea market. He's got the ball cap to cover his nearly-shaved head because he likes to think his training mirrors that of special ops soldiers of the military so he has the haircut of a Marine, though he hides the fact that they wouldn't accept him because he couldn't score high enough on his ASVAB. He has not obtained a degree, and likely never will (besides the second degree murder charge that he was wrongfully acquitted of). He's even got the 5:00 shadow that pretty much every officer has because they like to push the limits before their superiors force them to shave.
Many police officers love to push the limits. They pass me all of the time doing over the limit without their lights on. They like to drive over the blood-alcohol limit. My stepmother informed me that her previous husband, a former Sheriff Deputy, used to drive drunk all of the time and was let off scot-free by many local officers. Yes people, the brotherhood of police is very real. Sadly, the brotherhood in Dallas, TX was not so welcoming and they wrapped him up with a DWI, but that is a story for another day.
I'd say that a good portion of Americans hearing this story agree that Philip Brailsford was pushing the limit when he shot Daniel Shaver. Now let's look at the video one more time so we can explore the reasons why.
The video had to be removed due to violence. You will have to go to YouTube to watch the video yourself. Warning: The video is very graphic and involves violence.
First Look: Shaver and His Guest Obey First Demand of the Officer
In the very beginning of the video, we see a Police officer tell Shaver and his friend to stop and get on the ground. They are caught at a surprise but quickly obey as soon as they realize what is going on. One officer informs them that they cannot obey simple instructions even though they have no issue obeying them. It took them a second to react to the instructions, but they complied nonetheless. So judging from the very beginning, the officers in this video are in the wrong. Likely they have been trained very poorly and they don't posses the mental capacity to comprehend body language.
Also, I'd like to point out that Brailsford's gun is shaking like a flag in the wind. Hunters call this "buck fever." It's the feeling you get when you're about to take a kill and the gun starts shaking like crazy. He was aching to take that shot.
Next, the Officer Continues To Be a Jerk
So Shaver moves his hands to a more comfortable position. They're still out in front, yet the officer scolds Shaver for every breath he takes.
Laying face down is not exactly a comfortable position. When you're overweight, it's actually hard to breath in that position. Naturally, Shaver wanted to make himself as comfortable as possible so he put more of his weight on his arms. If his back had been hurting for example, it would have been hard for him to fight the urge to straighten his body out. This is something that tyrannous officers such as Brailsford never take into account. Instead he yells at Shaver in his threatening voice and subjects him to place his hands behind his head with his fingers interlocked, which is an even more uncomfortable position.
One Of the Officers Is Not Trained To Handle the Situation
If you pay close attention, you can tell that one of the officers is inexperienced in this type of situation. Brailsford instructs the other officer on how to handle the situation when the female is restrained, likely because the other officer is inexperienced. This is a recipe for disaster. When Shaver's hand moves towards his back, Brailsford is likely nervous that the inexperienced officer (the one on the left) won't take the shot if he sees the man pull out a gun. The officer on the left in an ideal situation should have taken the shot if anyone should have. He had the clearer view. My guess is that Brailsford jumped the gun because he didn't trust his fellow officer. If Shaver couldn't trust the better judgement of his fellow officer, he shouldn't have been on a call with him in the first place.
Shaver Is Murdered In Cold Blood
Nobody can tell you why Shaver reached towards his back. Maybe he's dyslexic. Maybe he was trying to pull his pants up. I know one thing: THERE WAS NO GUN. So if I'm just out walking down the street and some guy reaches towards his pants in the back does that give me grounds to shoot him with my 9mm? I think not. The difference is that police officers are above the law. Rarely does a police officer ever get convicted of murder. They either cover their tracks or they have other officers vouch for them and say that they would have done the same thing if they were in that situation. They like to make excuses to kill.
© 2017 Jeff Vickery