Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Cops Shoot Man in Bed, Shooting Ruled Justified: Officers were Frightened

Cops Shoot Man in Bed, Shooting Ruled Justified: “I thought he was trying to kill us, there is no greater level of threat”
Ed Krayewski|Jul. 11, 2013 1:56 pm

KING5 screencapDustin Theoharis, who has had 12 surgeries since police shot him 16 times in 2011, is suing the Washington Department of Corrections for its involvement after agreeing to a $3 million settlement from King County in lieu of litigation. Both the King County Sheriff’s Office and the Washington DOC previously ruled the shooting justified, and both officers involved appear to remain employed. Via KING5, Seattle’s NBC affiliate:
Cole Harrison, who was at the house, described it this way: "They (the officers) rushed into that room like they were going to get somebody. I mean they rushed down there and then all of a sudden. Boom, boom, boom, boom.”

It’s estimated that the two officers fired more than 20 bullets; 16 hit Theoharis, who was lying in bed. The officers said they thought Theoharis was reaching for a gun. They later told investigators they weren’t sure how many bullets they fired.

"I thought he was going to try to kill us, there is no greater level of threat,” King County Deputy Aaron Thompson told investigators during an interview months after the shooting.

Theoharis didn’t have any weapons, but both the Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Corrections ruled the shooting justified and in compliance with policy.

A new civilian watchdog at the Sheriff’s Office, meanwhile, released its report on problems with the shooting. Its findings may be shocking but they’re unfortunately not surprising: the union contract, for example, allowed a 72 hour delay of any request for a written statement. 

KING5 screencapstatements at the scenes, while a written statement came a month later. No one from the internal affairs unit showed up at the shooting, and an investigation wasn’t opened until six months later. The Sheriff’s Office appeared more concerned in defending its officers than investigating the incident. The report noted that the first responding sergeant was in charge of the crime scene before becoming a supervisor, a neutral party, and finally an advocate for the officer, acting as one of his representatives in an internal affairs interview.

Read more http://reason.com/blog/2013/07/11/cops-shoot-man-in-bed-shooting-ruled-jus


Editors Note: It looks like all a cop has to do to kill you is say he was afraid and thought he was going to be killed. Circumstances don't matter. Where are all the good cops?

If this brutality isn't stopped, cops will be taking the title of "most hated occupation" away from lawyers and used car salesmen.

The Sheriff settled and gave him 3 million dollars on a case they investigated and found justifiable???