When I heard about this incident, I thought, “No way, this can’t be a bad shoot.” Over the last several years, I have investigate a number of shootings, detailing each and every word spoken and action taken to see if there’s anything which could have been done differently in order to change the outcome. One such example involved the Kajieme Powell shooting.
I began by finding a well-written article on the subject, one with full video. I used this article: Lohr, D. (December 8, 2017). Former cop acquitted of fatally shooting unarmed man who begged for his life. HuffPost. Retrieved from: https://www.yahoo.com/news/former-cop-acquitted-fatally-shooting-174933492.html
In order to prevent any writer’s prose from coloring my judge, I watched the video, first. My first reaction was, “My GOD? WHAT ‘failure to comprehend simple instructions?’ ” By the second time through the video, I began to see some inconsistencies and irregularities and began taking notes. It took seven complete times through the video, with many pauses and section re-plays for detailed notes, before I arrived at the following conclusion:
This MORON hasn’t the SLIGHTEST FREAKING CLUE that MOST people, when surprised by someone pointing a gun at them will respond in three ways:
- Freeze in stark raving terror.
- Autonomously continue (as in walking) as their brain attempts to make sense of what’s going on.
- Flee in stark raving terror.
Few people actually respond immediately and appropriately to shouted instructions. That actually takes training, such as the kind of training common to law enforcement and military.
Upon reviewing my notes again, I arrived at some detailed conclusions:
This $HIT for brains wrongly assumed that the general public will respond in the same way.
This $HIT for brains FAILED TO FOLLOW PROCEDURE, which involves securing (handcuffing) suspects. You DO NOT stand there and talk to them as if you’re on some kind of power trip. You DO NOT question them at gunpoint.
“If you move we are going to consider that a threat.” WRONG. “Listen to my instructions and do not make a mistake.” WRONG. People under duress COMMONLY make mistakes. Law enforcement is SUPPOSED to be trained to DEAL deviations from exact adherence to given commands. In fact, POST standards DEMAND the law enforcement recognize deviations as NORMAL and NOT SHOOT.
This $HIT for brains began screaming at the suspect. There’s a HUGE difference between yelling and screaming. Yelling is necessary to overcome noise in the communications channel, such as traffic, crowds, or machinery. Screaming occurs when the officer has LOST CONTROL OF HIMSELF.
“You do that again we’re shooting you…” WRONG – WRONG – WRONG. This $HIT FOR BRAINS has made up his mind that any additional failure on the guy’s ability to exactly follow his commands is grounds for pulling the trigger. That is NOT the standard to which he was trained.
At this point he has inexorably convinced me that he has VIOLATED his training, going off on his own. Who’s to say why? Perhaps he played too many first person shooter games in his spare time. If so, that’s his fault, as well, as those games DILUTE and may actually COUNTER proper law enforcement training.
“Keep your hands straight in the air. If you think you’re going to fall you better fall on your face.” This $HIT FOR BRAINS is now commanding a human being to voluntarily counter a strong, instinctive reflex. That’s DEFINITELY counter to proper law enforcement training. He’s also further upsetting his suspect by threatening to shoot him.
YOU NEVER THREATEN TO SHOOT ANOTHER HUMAN BEING. There’s nothing wrong with being ready to do so if they do anything that’s actually a threat. But by threatening them, particularly with additional information like this guy was tossing out, simply backs people into a very dangerous, desperate corner.
“Brailsford said he thought Shaver was reaching for a gun when he fatally shot him. No gun was found on Shaver’s body.”
Former Mesa police officer Mitch Brailsford is a BLITHERING IDIOT. I can’t call this 1st Degree murder. In fact, I’m wondering if this is 2nd Degree murder, as it appears to lack the three typical situations that can constitute second degree murder:
- A killing done impulsively without premeditation, but with malice aforethought
- A killing that results from an act intended to cause serious bodily harm
- A killing that results from an act that demonstrates the perpetrators depraved indifference to human life
But is it voluntary manslaughter? “The circumstances leading to the killing must be the kind that would cause a reasonable person to become emotionally or mentally disturbed; otherwise, the killing may be charged as a first-degree or second-degree murder.”
He’s a law enforcement officer, trained and certified by an academy, the department, and by proxy, the municipality of his employment. It is REASONABLE to assume they have weeded out people who will NOT become emotionally or mentally disturbed in those situations. Therefore, it’s not voluntary manslaughter.
So let’s revisit the three typical situations that can constitute second degree murder:
1. A killing done impulsively without premeditation, but with malice aforethought
2. A killing that results from an act intended to cause serious bodily harm
3. A killing that results from an act that demonstrates the perpetrators depraved indifference to human life
The nature of the officer’s comments, such as “if you don’t do exactly as I say we will shoot you” certainly meets the requirements of the first situation. As a trained police office, he is most certainly aware the act of shooting a person causes serious bodily harm or death, and he pulled the trigger five times, so he really meant it.
I think the third point, if it even applies, would be very difficult to prove. Regardless, the definition only requires that ONE of these conditions be met, and former Mesa police officer Mitch Brailsford’s actions meet two of them.
I watched the video, first, as I didn’t want the reporter’s opinion to taint my observations. Now that I’ve read it, let’s continue:
The excuse that Shaver was reaching for a gun is found to be immaterial for two reasons. First, he didn’t have a gun. Still, one might reasonably conclude he was reaching for a gun, EXCEPT for the fact that his EMPTY hand was returning towards the front of his body, fully visible by both Brailsford and his body camera, BEFORE Brailsford fired the first shot at 4:25. Don’t believe me? Watch it for yourself:
Here’s the still of Daniel Shaver’s EMPTY HAND prior to Brailsford firing his first shot:
Second, and this is the most important reason: Former Mesa police officer Mitch Brailsford’s WRONGFUL ACTIONS actually PRECIPITATED the moment. He failed to follow procedure. He either failed to understand or refused to recognize how his screaming and threats of shooting the suspect directly CAUSED the suspect’s emotional breakdown.
Here’s the real kicker: “The investigator had noted he didn’t see anything that would have prevented officers from simply handcuffing Shaver as he was on the floor.”
BOOM. He SHOULD have been found guilty of 2nd Degree Murder. The jury failed our system of justice. Indeed, “Two months after the shooting, Brailsford was removed from the force for violations of departmental policy. Prosecutors ultimately charged him with second-degree murder and reckless manslaughter.”
The department was absolutely correct in their assessment that he violated department policy. The fact that his policy violations result in the death of an innocent human being is itself grounds for at least manslaughter. The rather heinous ego-maniacal, control freak way he went about doing what he did, however, clearly bumps this well into the category of 2nd Degree Murder.
The jury, for whatever reason, FAILED to administer justice. It FAILED to hold this bad cop accountable. The jury FAILED to serve the needs of society, one of which involves keeping wayward governmental authorities in check.
However, “civil charges will likely be charged against Brailsford in the near future.”
Good. He needs to work his butt off for the rest of his life to help compensate the loss experienced by Shaver’s wife and two children. If I ever come across Brailsford in a dark alley, I’ll be inclined to deck him with every ounce of strength I have in my body. I will undoubtedly refrain from doing so, however, as I’m a retired military officer and am unlikely to lose control, no matter how much this incident ticks me off.
That’s not salvation. That’s Satan’s mind-job to get people spinning their mental wheels, wasting their time and money in ways that keep them busy and feeling good about themselves so they have reason to ignore the truth: No one is righteous, not even one, except for Jesus Christ. While faith without deeds is indeed dead (James 2), wrongly-placed faith is also dead. Furthermore, the kind of “deeds” mentioned in the Qur’an aren’t deeds at all, but rather, heinous if not mindless acts of violence extolled by a mad man and perpetrated on innocents by mad men. It’s JUNK, and I can’t even call it junk “religion” because there’s absolutely nothing religious at all about raping, maiming, dismembering, beheading, and otherwise murdering other human beings.
What’s up with the emphasis on police, fire, and emergency medical being “First Responders?” While their help is appreciated enough by the community that we’re willing to fork out significant change for their services, they are almost always not the first people to the scene of an accident, crime, fire, or medical emergency. That distinction almost always belongs to the people who called them. Obviously, ordinary citizens responded first, assessed the situation, offered help where they could, and if the situation was beyond their training or abilities, they called 9-1-1.
Speaking of 9-1-1, its official name is the “Emergency Telephone Number for the North American Numbering Plan.” It includes the phrase, “can send emergency responders to the caller’s location in an emergency.” It is also referred to as “the national emergency number for the United States,” and that “calling this single number provides a caller access to police, fire, and ambulance services.” It goes on to say that the number has come to be known as a “common public-safety answer point (PSAP).” Enhanced 911 automatically gives the dispatcher the caller’s location, if available. (Source)
Do you see the term “first responder” in there, anywhere? I don’t.
We used to call police, fire, and rescue, well, “Police, Fire, and Rescue.” Around the time EMERGENCY! came on the air in 1972, the term “Emergency Services” become more common, and “Rescue” was changed to “Paramedics.” Now, watching Chicago Fire, I observe their firehouse is broken down into three sections, including the Firefighters of Truck 81, the Rescue Squad of Squad 3, and the Paramedics of Ambulance 61.
Still no “First Responder,” though. Indeed, almost each and every scene of both the 1972 and 2006 shows begins with regular people who were actually at the scene, first, some of whom provided initial assistance. For some reason, the writers, directors, and producers, and possibly the technical advisors, thought it would be cute to make the real first responders look like idiots. Then, after some years passed, they began calling themselves “first responders” as if the the actual first responders didn’t even exist. Seriously? Who do you think placed the 9-1-1 call?
Merriam-Webster Dictionary says the first known use of the term “first responder” occurred all the way back in 1970. Apparently, it took decades for the term to catch on.
The term first responder is defined in U.S. Homeland Security Presidential Directive, HSPD-8, which reads:
The term “first responder” refers to those individuals who in the early stages of an incident are responsible for the protection and preservation of life, property, evidence, and the environment, including emergency response providers as defined in section 2 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (6 U.S.C. § 101), as well as emergency management, public health, clinical care, public works, and other skilled support personnel (such as equipment operators) that provide immediate support services during prevention, response, and recovery operations.
Oh. So it does have an official definition. So, does the official U.S. definition include people like you and I who first come across a situation requiring immediate assistance? Why, yes! It does! In fact, 6 U.S. Code § 101 – Definitions, (6) reads: “The term “emergency response providers” includes Federal, State, and local governmental and nongovernmental emergency public safety, fire, law enforcement, emergency response, emergency medical (including hospital emergency facilities), and related personnel, agencies, and authorities.”
So when did people start calling emergency response providers “first responders?” If you thought, “Hollywood,” you’d be correct. “First Responders” was the name of the Season 1, Episode 1 pilot for the TV show, “The Unit,” first aired in 2006. Only then did the term come into common use in place of “emergency response providers.” The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) of the United States was created under the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 (MCTRJCA) as an independent authority within the National Telecommunications and Information Administration(NTIA). The purpose of FirstNet is to establish, operate, and maintain an interoperable public safety broadband network.
Let’s go back to the official definition:
U.S. Homeland Security Presidential Directive, HSPD-8, which reads:
The term “first responder” refers to those individuals who in the early stages of an incident are responsible for the protection and preservation of life, property, evidence, and the environment, including emergency response providers
So you see, ANYONE who is first on the scene can be a “first responder,” provided they act in a manner consistent with “the protection and preservation of life, property, evidence, and the environment.”
Let’s take me, for example, but first, a Disclaimer: NEVER TRY THIS AT HOME!
In 1991, I heard and saw my neighbors exit their apartment screaming as a roiling cloud of black smoke followed them. I was outside before they were halfway down the stairs, and asked, “What’s burning?” “Kitchen,” one answered. The other said, “Grease!”
I pulled the fire alarm, grabbed the CO2 extinguisher from it’s mount, took a couple lungfuls of air, and entered the apartment. As the burner control was very near the flames, the FIRST thing I did was cover the pot of burning grease with its lid. No oxygen, no flame. Next, I turned off the burner. I spied two oven mitts, put down the CO2 bottle, donned the mitts, and very carefully moved the grease to a cool eye. I then exited the apartment with the CO2 bottle to catch my breath.
The apartment manager had heard the alarm, was walking up, and said, “Fire Department is on it’s way!” I held up my still-mitted hand waving acknowledgement, and reentered the apartment, holding my breath once again. Even though the roiling black smoke was rapidly clearing, a lighter-colored smoke was coming from above the range. The cabinets above the range hood had caught fire! I hit them with a couple of short shots from the fire extinguisher, and waited. When they flamed up again, I hit them with a much longer shot, long enough to cool off the wood and penetrate into whatever cracks were there.
I ran out of breath and exited the apartment a second time. A fireman with his own CO2 bottle was walking up the stairs. I said, “Grease fire, it’s out. Fire penetrated the cabinets above.” He proceeded inside.
I was the first responder, not the fire department. In fact, it was they who said had I not put the fire out when I did, the entire apartment building would have been engulfed in flames and destroyed due to the source of the fire and where it had begun to spread. They said that those two minutes made all the difference in the world.
I’m going to show you two videos which demonstrate just how fast fires can spread. In the first video, the Christmas tree was acting just like the burning pot of grease, a hot ignition source which rapidly caught everything else on fire.
The second video clearly shows that even without a hot ignition source such as a dry Christmas tree or boiling and on-fire pot of grease, interior fires can spread very rapidly.
The fire department said it took them just a few seconds over three minutes from the time I pulled the fire alarm to the time they arrived. If I, as a first responder, had not pulled the fire alarm, the entire apartment building would have been totally destroyed. Even after pulling the fire alarm, they said if I had not put out both the grease fire as well as the fire where it had begin burning up behind the cabinet, there would have been very little they could have done to save the building.
We the People are the First Responders. We’re the first ones on the scene. We’re the ones who call for backup (9-1-1), help others to safety, administer first aid, and yes, put out fires.
A further word about the DON’T TRY THIS AT HOME disclaimer: At the time of the fire, I had been trained in multiple jobs how to fight fires, including as a lifeguard/pool manager, camp counselor, and U.S. Air Force aircrewman. I avoided injury by being careful and following my training.
Finally, here’s what the kitchen fire actually looked like (without someone dumping a cup of water into the boiling, on-fire grease):
In 50+ years of life, there have been roughly a dozen times where I, as the first responder, have saved life, limb, and property, from damage or destruction. I am not saying this to pat myself on the back. I am saying this to clarify that emergency response providers such as police, fire, and rescue should not refer to themselves as “first responders” unless they truly are the first ones on the scene.
This Is Reality
Headlines: “At least 26 killed in a mass shooting at Texas church” (Source)
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