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Arizona Cop Acquitted for Fatal Shooting

Arizona Cop Acquitted for Fatal Shooting
This May 16, 2016, file photo shows former Mesa, Arizona, Police Officer Philip Brailsford in Maricopa County Superior Court during a hearing. (Tom Tingle/The Arizona Republic via AP, Pool, File)

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Last week, an Arizona court acquitted a cop for killing a man crawling down a hotel hallway while begging for his life.

This may not sound like a big story to you, but take a look at the bodycam footage before you decide. As I see it, this killing was in cold blood. This cop must be retried by the federal government. He executed this man with a machine gun while he cried and begged for his life, and yet, the jurors found the cop not guilty of second-degree murder or reckless manslaughter.

I have a great deal of respect for law enforcement; I believe they are the last line of defense between civility and complete chaos. If we allow officers of the law to become gods unto themselves, we could lose all stability in this nation.

Many of you may not agree with me simply because he's a cop and he's "above the law." But there are rotten apples in all professions; there are surgeons who are drunks who cut the wrong nerve and leave people crippled. Incompetence exists in every profession. What I see in this footage is a rogue cop resulting in a miscarriage of justice.

In addition to this shocking video, the judge in this case did not allow jurors to hear about the dust cover on the cop's rifle that he used to shoot the young man which said "You're f*****." Now, what cop who is not a psychopath would put that on his rifle? What police department would let someone have a rifle that has an etching like this, knowing that the man is probably deranged?

I've never seen anything quite like this execution in my entire life. If I had seen this in a third world country, I would say, "Well, l guess that's what goes on in a lawless nation." And yet he was tried, and the jurors found him not guilty.

The detective investigating the shooting agreed that the poor man was killed as he reached behind himself while crawling on the ground crying was similar to reaching for a pistol. But ultimately, the investigator said it also looked as though the victim was pulling up his loose-fitting basketball shorts that had fallen down as he was ordered to crawl. The detective also noted that he did not see anything that would have prevented officers from simply handcuffing the victim as he was on the floor.

At this point, this kid, who was a young father of two children, was scared to death — he had nothing in his hands, unarmed, crawling toward the psycho with the machine gun with a badge and a gun, and the other officers stood there and let him be executed. In my opinion, the other officers should be tried as well.

Investigators also concluded that asking him to crawl toward the police like this increased the likelihood that the victim would lose balance and make wild movements. Furthermore, they found that the cop's bizarre orders were probably confusing even to a sober person.

The victim's parents have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city of Mesa, Arizona. The psycho cop was fired for poor performance two months after the shooting. He is now free and walking on the street. I believe he is a danger to everyone around him. Watch the body camera footage and decide for yourself.

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