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Graphic Video Of Cop Dumping AR15 Shots Into Man Shows Police Lied About Him ‘Charging’

East Ridge, TN — In a blow to police accountability, Lt. Daniel Stephenson was found by his own department to have acted in accord with department policy for shooting and killing Todd Browning.

The facts of the case are simple. On August 19, police were called because of reports of a man armed with a knife. Shortly after the call, police encountered Browing, 54, less than a mile away. Within less than a minute after Stephenson walked to the front of his cruiser, he would put four .223 rounds into the chest of Browning.

Browning was not holding a knife. Instead, he was ‘armed’ with a water main key — a thin metal rod used for turning on and of water meters and waste valves.

water-main-key

The police agree on all of the above. However, it is what happened after Stephenson killed Browning that is the subject of controversy. Police claim Browning charged the officer. But, from what we can see on the dashcam, this is a clear fabrication.

As the video begins, Stephenson is seen rounding the front of his cruiser. The two exchange words as Browning threatens Stephenson and vice versa. However, at no point do we see anyone charge anyone. In fact, Browning was barely inching toward Stephenson when the officer opened fire.

At no point was a less than lethal option even considered by Stephenson in the video. At no point did Stephenson back up. For slowly walking toward a police officer with a thin metal rod, Browning was put to death by his judge, jury, and executioner — Lt. Daniel Stephenson.

Immediately after the killing in August, police investigators released a statement to the media claiming that a man ran at the officer. And since the investigation, no one in the media has questioned it — even as the video clearly shows it is false.

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An ‘investigation’ conducted by the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office found the use of deadly force by Lt. Daniel Stephenson was justified under T.C.A. § 39-11-620 for the following reasons:

  • Lt. Stephenson was wearing an ERPD uniform and operating a marked patrol car, which clearly identified him as a police officer.
  • Lt. Stephenson exhausted all reasonable means to apprehend Browning through a lengthy negotiation and repetitive commands prior to the use of deadly force.
  • Lt. Stephenson had probable cause to believe Browning posed a threat of serious bodily injury or death as Browning approached with a water main key while yelling that Lt. Stephenson would have to kill him or else he would kill Lt. Stephenson.

Apparently telling a clearly mentally ill man to ‘step back’ for approximately 45 seconds before putting four AR15 rounds in his chest is “exhaust(ing) all reasonable means to apprehend Browning through a lengthy negotiation.”

Sadly, what this case illustrates is the deadly training police in America are receiving. No one is claiming that Browning wasn’t posing a threat, but Stephenson is a cop — wearing body armor and armed to the teeth — and Browning had a plumber’s tool.

Courage, these days, is a word not fit for so many cops as true courage is not immediately resorting to deadly force because you perceive a threat. No, true courage is the preservation of life, even if it means you might get a little bruised up in the process.

Perhaps Stephenson was scared of losing his job for NOT killing Browning, as was the case with a cop in West Virginia. Weirton police officer Stephen Mader exhibited extreme bravery and restraint earlier this year when he chose not to kill a suicidal man. For displaying such courage and reserve, Mader’s department fired him.

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On May 6, 2016, Mader responded to a call about a domestic incident. When he showed up to the call, Mader confronted Ronald D. Williams Jr., 23, who was armed and in a diminished mental state.

Madar said that he began talking to the young man in his “calm voice.”

“I told him, ‘Put down the gun,’ and he’s like, ‘Just shoot me.’ And I told him, ‘I’m not going to shoot you brother.’ Then he starts flicking his wrist to get me to react to it.

“I thought I was going to be able to talk to him and de-escalate it. I knew it was a suicide-by-cop” situation.

Even after the 23-year-old father twitched his wrist and waved around the gun, Mader did not feel threatened enough to kill him. His restraint was nothing short of remarkable.

However, this restraint would be in vain. Just as Mader successfully began to diffuse and de-escalate the situation — backup arrived. The cops who showed up were not like Mader. As soon they got out of the vehicle, one of the cops immediately fired and shot Williams in the back of the head, killing him.

Another cop in Utah proved his heroism as well, and he faced a far more dangerous situation than Stephenson.

On New Year’s Eve of this year, 36-year-old Brandon Morgan was in the midst of an obvious mental breakdown and became suicidal. He armed himself with a machete and a blowtorch and scared his family to the point that they called police.

One of the officers responding to the call captured the interaction on his body cam, and it shows something amazing.

As the officer enters the house, with his service pistol drawn, he is confronted by a man armed with a machete and a blowtorch. In 99.99 percent of incidents like this, police would have killed the man. It would be a blip on the news, and the ‘killed by police’ death toll tally would have rolled up another notch.

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But these deaths are not always necessary. What the cop in the video below, and the numerous videos out of Europe, show us is that police don’t have to kill.

In the video, the officer came in contact with the armed man, he then made the choice to put his gun away and pull out his taser.

“He threatened the officer with a machete, officer Tased him, and then they drug him out of the house, and the house was engulfed in fire,” said Chief Doug Diamond of the West Jordan Police Department explaining what was captured on the officer’s body cam.

The officer’s decision to resort to a taser instead of his gun was a split second moment of logic. He knew that Morgan didn’t have to die for this situation to be put under control, and he acted with the appropriate force necessary to end the threat.

Because of the actions of this officer, Brandon Morgan will live to see his children again and possibly get the mental help that he needs to make a recovery.

Sadly, Browning will not get that chance.

Matt Agorist is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA. This prior experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. Agorist has been an independent journalist for over a decade and has been featured on mainstream networks around the world. and now on Steemit

  • Boxer36

    A “lengthy discussion” or negotiation for 45 sec is murder. There are at least three steps that could be taken before using lethal force. In the case of a mentally disturbed person, a quick assessment could be made that would allow time for simple friendly conversation and questions about one’s awareness of what is wrong. As an unarmed police crisis counselor, I have talked at least two men out of their weapons, one holding a pistol and one with a rifle. Rapport is the key and it’s not that difficult to establish with a holstered weapon. Still, it’s safety first for an officer in a clearly lethal situation.

  • TOPDOG1

    Until these prosecutors are held responsible as accomplices to murder for not bringing charges against this very vile murders the out of control police will only become worse, and why doesn’t the F.B.I. pursue this person for the obvious murder.

    • 30yrfed

      All cops and prosecutors are all corrupt. Just ask any cop
      or prosecutor if they have ever see a cop break the law (speeding, lying under
      oath, illegal parking, using excessive force etc) then ask them what they did
      about it considering that they have taken a sworn oath to enforce and uphold
      the law. You will have your answer..

      If I can kill a bad guy, but I can’t save anyone. I’m not a hero. All I am is a killer. A killer who
      shit his pants.”
      ― Samuel Engelen, Vigilante Day

  • Norm Koch

    That was a righteous shooting. The officer have him multiple warnings to stop his menacing approach with the deadly weapon, he was brandishing menacingly. Two more steps and the officer would have been inside the assailants kill zone.

    • The Cat’s Vagina

      So, you’re fine with our cops being pussies now? The slightest hint of menace and BAM… summary execution! There’s a blue bullet with your name on it too – don’t think sucking up to them on the internet is EVER going to save you.

      • Norm Koch

        I’m fine with cops doing their job. If you charge a cop with a deadly weapon, you deserve to get taken down.

        • Jim Barclay

          I saw no charge on vid….did you? did you really? Bullshit

          • Norm Koch

            A menacing approach with a deadly weapon, is a charge. Regardless of the speed.

          • D.j. Price

            what is it ? charging or menacing approach?

          • Boxer36

            You ARE a sociopath!

          • Boxer36

            Not you D. J. Sorry.

          • Boxer36

            You ARE a sociopath after all!

          • Jim Barclay

            oh and another copsucker chimes in….i bet you feared for your life way back there behind your screen too. Yet another part of the problems with cops….a copsucker.

          • Jim Barclay

            again…where was the menacing of the so-called weapon? whats next he had a nail file in his pocket so ya shoot him…what the fuck is wrong with you people that back the cops on shit like this….are you all brain dead as the cop that shot him?

        • Randy Rowe

          He had a plumbing tool wtf, thats bitch shit. Grow a pair

          • Norm Koch

            I have one of these. In fact, I just dug up, and installed a new stop and waste, and valve. That is a solid piece of steel 5 feet long, that weighs about 10 pounds.

          • David Hall

            You are a boot licking idiot!

          • Randy Rowe

            I have one too, I know what its made out of. If i was to do the dame thing this cop did i would be charged with murder. Police need to be held to the same standard if not a much higher standard. And if your a bitch you shouldnt be a cop. What the fuck is he come right out with the AR to begin with??? They should even take them out unless its call for. Ive taken bats, knives, pipes from people on a pretty regular basis when I was young, With a pipe all you have to do is rush them this dumb ass got of of his car with an ar..

          • Boxer36

            SO? Ever been immobilized by 50,000 volts or blinded by pepper spray? Sociopaths (Or maybe haauwnk is right, simply a craven coward.

          • BERNing4DEMOCRACY

            If you really think that is a righteous shoot , maybe PD’s need to stop hiring wimps.

          • David N Lemieux Jr.

            Ever seen or handled a pipe wrench? It’s also plumbing tool. 5 pounds of steel makes for a pretty deadly bludgeon.

        • D.j. Price

          so lying is part of their job now? your information is being posted to my police apologist database

          • 30yrfed

            lying has always been part of their job..worse than that they enjoy lying

        • haauwnk

          You’re a pussy norm, pure and simple.

        • Boxer36

          You missed the damn key point! He WASN’T charging him. Easy to kill, is it? You ought to sit down with the devastated families of these unjust shootings, and unless you are a sociopath, it would break your heart. Especially if you know there are non-lethal means that could have been used with effect.

      • Jim Barclay

        It is (Norm) a cop or copsucker or wannabe cop. No sane person would talk that way. Hence why he is a cop or copsucker. Everyone is the enemy …shoot first regardless of what they had ….fear for your life….that is what they are taught. So yes The Cats V. Your replying to a scum of the earth like they are. They like to troll normal people on here as if they are gods able to take life at a whim. They are nothing but slugs in the world of men. If they fear for there lives from a man with a tool and they have a rifle…ya slugs that no business dealing with humans or animals.

      • David N Lemieux Jr.

        If a cop is pointing a weapon at you and giving you commands, you obey. End of story.

        • The Cat’s Vagina

          That’s what all the little bootlickers say… obey, obey, obey!

          • David N Lemieux Jr.

            Ok, well then, get yourself shot if it ever happens to you. You’ll be singing a different song after if you’re lucky enough to survive.

          • The Cat’s Vagina

            Have fun figuring out why Officer Friendly beat the living shit out of you because you (politely) questioned his authority. Police brutality and needless killing should NEVER be excused under a banner of “they should have blindly obeyed.” These days, just looking like you’re going to punch an officer is grounds for them to shoot. Our cops have become bullies and cowards!

    • Chad LeCroy

      We gave these slobs tasers because they were scared that someone might hurt them…

      • Norm Koch

        Teasers are for pussies, and mall cops. Perhaps he should have blown a rape whistle.

    • IceTrey

      So kill anyone having a mental crisis?

      • Norm Koch

        Don’t be childish.

        • IceTrey

          Childish is being so scared of a guy with a water key when you have an AR that you shoot them 4 times.

          • Norm Koch

            Water key? Way to spin it. I just dug up and installed a new one a couple days ago. That “key” is a 5 foot long piece of solid steel, with a T bar handle about a foot wide, and weighs about 10 pounds. I could kill a horse with it. Try again straw man.

          • IceTrey

            Sure it’s solid steel, a half inch thick. I can bend one with my bare hands. Maybe if it was a full swing and the very end hit his head. I assume a cop is trained in hand to hand combat and should be able to avoid that.

          • Norm Koch

            You’re not bending it with your bare hands. I just installed a new valve and key personally myself, with my two boys. You are completely full of crap. That is a deadly weapon. No two ways about it.

          • IceTrey

            You don’t install a key moron.

          • Norm Koch

            I installed the valve that needs the key. And ya, the way I did it, it was installed. I dug six feet down, installed a 4 inch pipe, cut a hole in a 4 inch cap, packed it with insulation, and installed the key to remain in place. Moron…

  • Tmoney

    This officer is not a hero. He should not be commended for his bravery. He is a coward.

    • Thomas Miller

      That’s the scary kind of cop. The kind of guy who can do this in the day and go home at night telling his wife he Loves protecting and serving the public.. and not lose one iota of sleep over his actions.

      • Mike Kszaszcz

        And Thats how how got to go home that night

        • Wesley Cortes

          Found the copsucker

          • Mike Kszaszcz

            Fuck off you pile of shit.

          • Wesley Cortes

            Big mad or little mad ? Id rather be a pile of shit than a cop sucking apologist lmao clown.

          • Mike Kszaszcz

            Yeah ok bitch

          • Wesley Cortes

            Definitely BIGG MADD lmaoo 😂😂😂

        • Brad

          1/10 troll harder faggot

          • Mike Kszaszcz

            Awesome another douchebag

          • Brad

            2/10 for the reply

          • Mike Kszaszcz

            3 days to come back with that brilliant response? Not exactly an over achiever are you. 3/10

      • Mike Kszaszcz

        Instead of his head getting split open by whatever the idiot was carrying

        • Art of Conversation

          If he can’t manage to subdue an attacker with a melee weapon in one of the various ways cops have (non-lethal shot to the leg, taser, billy club, hand-to-hand combat) then he shouldn’t be on the force. Plain and simple.

          • Mike Kszaszcz

            And you need to get our from behind the Xbox once in a while.

          • Art of Conversation

            I’m 30 years old and don’t even own an Xbox. You’re just mad that I’m right.

          • Jordan Kimkaran

            You clearly have absolutely NO understanding of how to deal with an armed suspect.

          • Art of Conversation

            It’s not rocket science. Look at every other developed country in the world and see what their stats are for police killings. American pigs just love to pull the trigger, it’s not a secret. They immediately jump to kill shots without taking any progressive steps in-between. Cops are SUPPOSED to be trained on non-lethal measures but it’s always straight for the gun.

          • Ptolemy Pahlavi

            You do realize that shots to the leg are more often than not lethal right? Cops use hollow point rounds that rupture arteries as they pass. But even if the cop is an amazing shot and hit a moving leg, but when it hits concrete behind him, ricochets and kills someone else uninvolved. Shooting to the center mass reduces the chances of collateral damage and is the quickest way to stop someone in mid charge. Now, this cop in this video was FAR too reactionary and premature, had an itchy trigger finger. But there is no such thing as a non-lethal leg shot.

          • Jordan Kimkaran

            He was not pre-mature. Why do people side on the side of the guy who threatened the cop? Why else is he moving toward the cop with a steel rod? Does he want to turn off his water supply? The guy clearly is not listening to commands to back off/drop his weapon. What is the cop supposed to do?

          • How bout;
            1. Maintaining a safe distance.
            2. Fully assess the situation.
            3. Identify possible solutions to the situation.
            4. Rationally select and implement the solution that neutralizes the threat.

            That being said. I wasn’t there, and I don’t have enough information to know what all the circumstances where. But at the very least, I do know that death is not the ONLY option available for neutralizing a threat.

          • Jordan Kimkaran

            Maintaining a safe distance? He did. The suspect approached HIM.

          • Are you not aware of the definition of “maintaining”?

          • Mark Probst

            if this is going to be the 1st response by inept cops, why bother issuing tasers and mace?????

          • brian nunziato

            So he deserved to die? You fucking idiot.

          • Mike Kszaszcz

            Unicorns and rainbows could have saved him

          • GreyTreed

            Gosh I know right… screw it… Kill Him!! I mean is that what you want? You do realize the threshold for murder isn’t I might get a boo boo? It’s my life is in imminent danger within that moment if I don’t act with lethal force. If you aren’t rational enough to see that we have a use of force issue with today’s police officers than there is nothing anyone would be able to say or show you at this point to influence your obviously preconceived bias!!

          • Jordan Kimkaran

            No, actually. Cops do not shoot to kill. It’s “shoot to stop.” you shoot until the threat is over, whether that means you hit them in the shoulder and they give up, or you hit them in a vital area and they die. And the threshold for lethal force is if your life is in imminent danger. Which it was considering that was a LETHAL WEAPON.

          • I am inclined to agree with much of your statement, however I must say that if the standard for “imminent danger” is that a “lethal weapon” (a very vague term) is simple PRESENT. Than there is a whole lot of killing that is absolutely justifiable.

          • Jordan Kimkaran

            If it’s present, and the suspect has capability and intent. This guy could have closed the distance on that cop in half a second. And he showed intent by not backing off. Seriously, do you not understand responsibility to the responsible? The guy came at a cop with a metal rod in his hand and refused to stop.

          • The key part of your statement is “capability and intent”. This debate is entirely based on that very criteria. Considering these two things are only definable by an opinion of any given circumstance, we have to analyze the evidence presented to us, and weigh it against what we know from previous experience, knowledge, and precedent. Another hurtle that we must overcome is the question that if the same situation would have happened to any other individual whom doesn’t have the ability to hide behind a badge. Would this argument be going an entirely different direction? If “normal citizens” are afflicted with an “expectation to retreat” than should the same be expected from those whom don a tin shield? Some states have tackled that legal issue with “stand your ground laws”, “castle doctrine”, and other such legislation. But the “moral” issue will always be a matter of opinion. Personally I don’t feel there is enough information in the video provided to conclude a definitive judgment. But from the minimal information that IS provided in the video, and when combined with previous experience, knowledge, and precedent. I’m going to have to say, even if it was “justified”, in my opinion, it still appears to be excessive. But again, I can only hypothesize. I wasn’t there and the video provided only provides minimal information.

          • Jordan Kimkaran

            Capability is certainly not a matter of opinion. A gun is capable of causing death or serious injury. That’s not an opinion. A metal rod is capable of causing death or serious injury as well. Blunt force trauma to head, rib cage, neck, ect. Can easily kill or maim. You’re right, some states have enacted stand your ground and castle doctrines. But police do not have a duty to retreat in any of the 50 states. In fact, they have a duty to enforce the law and to protect people when a special relationship exists, in the case of a man with a dangerous weapon. I will ask this, why is it excessive?

          • Capability IS a matter of opinion. The question isn’t whether the TOOL is capable, but weather the SUSPECT is capable. Don’t make the mistake of justifying this encounter because of the inanimate objects. The AR-15 is perfectly CAPABLE as well, but that doesn’t arbitrarily mean the OFFICER is too. Blame the INDIVIDUALS for the actions, not the tools they possessed at the time.

            Maybe I’m just more confident in my abilities than this officer.
            Maybe the video doesn’t provide enough information for me to see the “imminent threat”.

            Regardless of the causes for our difference of opinion, the evidence available to me at this moment doesn’t convince me that if I was in the same situation, I would have made the same choice. But that’s just my opinion, based on my own observations, and experience. And as far as precedence goes. I have seen MORE than enough information to set precedence that officers have become increasingly more acceptant and prone to violence.

            As I stated previously, when forming a hypothesis based on JUST the information available in the video and experience, knowledge, and precedence. In my opinion, this was excessive. But that is just my opinion.

          • Jordan Kimkaran

            Sorry, but you are wrong. The type of weapon can greatly affect how a situation is handled and does factor into capability. Is a suspect capable of harming you with a baseball bat if they’re 100 feet away? No. Is that same suspect capable of harming you with a firearm 100 feet away? Absolutely. So it does make a difference. I think what you’re referring to though, is the intent of the person. Which can be very hard to gauge. But a person approaching you, with a weapon in their hand, and refusing to stop or get back, is a pretty good indication they’re not there to fix you water.

          • I would agree that the tool will factor into discerning the “capability” of the individual as does the individuals “intent”. But weather or not the individual is “capable” of actually presenting a threat isn’t that same thing as their “intent” to do so.

            I’m sorry if I don’t automatically perceive an individual WALKING towards me with a steel pipe as an “imminent threat”. Even if I have told them to stop. Running? Maybe. But again I wasn’t there so can’t say for sure as the situation would need to have been assessed in the environment and circumstances.

            As I stated. Maybe I’m just more confident in my abilities. There are many that may just consider me “stupid”.

            Regardless. From the information available, I’m of the opinion, that I would not have needed to fire 4 rounds from an AR-15 into center mass of the suspect that early into the encounter. But that’s just me.

          • Mike Kszaszcz

            They call me a copsucker they must be thugsuckers

          • John Cokos

            De-escalte the situation…Browning was no match for a AR-15. Anyone who has spent more than a day in the Army could tell you that.Those shell’s are designed to tumble and tear into anything they hit.

          • Jordan Kimkaran

            So why did browning come at the cop then? He was told to stop, but he kept coming anyway. At that point, if you get shot, it’s your own damn fault.

          • John Cokos

            You don’t send a killer on a mission of compassion for someone who is in dire need of help. Is that the SOP in V.Virginia ? Everything else is just pure bullshit as you know it…

          • Jordan Kimkaran

            “Dire need of help” You now, you may be right, that guy may have needed help because he was emotionally distraught. But that doesn’t make him any less dangerous. Again, it’s his own fault for coming at the cop with a weapon.

          • John Cokos

            There’s more back story to this. There was an encounter with Browning by Stephenson earlier. Stephenson followed him back to his house. The autopsy report state’s there were 5 shots, with one in the back. Was Stephenson stalking Browning ? There is also some confusion about a video recording about the other encounter.

          • Jordan Kimkaran

            Cops ARE trained on non-lethal means. Let me guess, he should have used his Taser? Not to mention, why is the cop obligated to use non-lethal force on a suspect with a lethal weapon? A water turn key is not small. It’s a three pound piece of steel.

          • Hugh Culliton

            What, you mean like this?

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9TFvh6Xps4

            Go figure: the cops didn’t kill anyone! If your comments are anything to go by, perhaps you’re the one who should get out and away from the XBox once in a while.

          • Jordan Kimkaran

            Had he actually gotten close, they’d be dead.

          • Jordan Kimkaran

            Those cops got lucky.

          • Hugh Culliton

            That’s a weak retort.

          • Jordan Kimkaran

            No, actually, it’s true. Had that guy ran at one of them, that cop would be dead. And they what, OC’d him? OC may burn like hell, but it’s not hard to fight through it. I’ve been OC’d straight to the face and been able to go through fight stations. Again, you don’t use OC on an armed suspect.

          • Mike Kszaszcz

            You’re not right and I’m not mad. Go do the job then you can criticize

          • David James

            Take the cop cock out of your mouth long enough to see this for what it is, a public execution, pure and simple. there is no excuse for what this cop did.

          • Mike Kszaszcz

            Fuck you asshole. I hope some motherfucker wraps a steel pipe around your head someday

          • brian nunziato

            Go suck some cop cock.

          • Mike Kszaszcz

            better than sucking a crack dealers dick like you big man

          • Mike Kszaszcz

            Open that cumdumpster of a mouth and go get yur fix

          • GreyTreed

            LOL what an embarrassment… So do you ever complain about the refs at a football game? Or here’s a better one, Ever whined about President Obama? If so you better stop damn it because according to your logic you can’t criticize unless you’ve done the job! LOL such an IDIOT!!

          • Mike Kszaszcz

            Oh wow yeah you told me. Obama sucks the nfl sucks and you suck

          • Hugh Culliton

            Really? Falling back on that old saw?

          • brian nunziato

            You’re a fucking moron.

          • Mike Kszaszcz

            Thanks, but from you it means nothing

          • raz-0

            Your leg is full of artery. It is not a particularly safe place to shoot someone in terms of them not dying. Please stop it with the “shoot to wound” should be SOP bullshit. It’s not actually a thing in the real world, and pretending it is just creates the potential for more badness. It’s right up there with fielding “less lethal” ammunition.

          • Steven Feil

            When using a firearm to defend yourself it is not a safe practice to shoot to wound. You shoot to eliminate the threat. They just forgot to teach this person that there are other means to deescalate a situation.

          • raycathode

            That is BS. You never know what the other guy knows regarding personal combat with a weapon.

          • Mark Probst

            agree!

        • Trish Duffey

          I didn’t see the victim swing anything towards the cop. Mr. Browning had not even raised his arm. By your logic, you better not have anything in your hands if you walk by a cop, because they would be justified in shooting you.

          • Mike Kszaszcz

            This guy was not “just walking by” the cop. I just walk by cops all the time with my gun. And have no issue. But then again I don’t fight and argue with them. There is a big diffrence here. He was also being told to stay back. What did he do walked towards the cop. With weapon jn hand. When a person is within 15 feet it only takes 5 seconds to hit you.

          • Mike Kszaszcz

            say you and I were in a store, guy comes in and starts trying to stab people but doesn’t actually hurt anyone yet. Now hes heading toward you, I’m close enough to take him out, would you want me to wait till he stabbed you so I could justify it in court better, or shoot him to prevent harm entirely and possibly face charges?

        • Eleanor LeTourneau

          What was wrong with shooting the guy in the leg that would have stopped him and he would still be alive. The cop was close enough not to miss the guy’s leg.

          • BlackJackSmack

            Ignoring the fact that we have large arteries in our legs that can still cause you to blood to death. The office has a higher chance of missing and it richochet off the floor hitting an innocent person

    • Raphael Yang

      He is not just a coward, he should be dead. one bullet in the balls. one bullet in the chest. one bullet in the eye. one bullet in his fucking violent, murderous, low IQ, tiny head.

  • Mike

    I hope and pray that someone shoots this cop dead, for he deserves to die, he MURDERED that guy, with no hesitation!

  • Capt Turk

    Just another example of the whiny, cowardly, murderous pieces of shit that American cops have become.

  • Richard Stewart

    America, Sieg Heil!!!!!! Sieg Heil!!!!

    • Mike Kszaszcz

      Fucking leave

  • phillyS

    He would’ve alive today if he just listen to the commands.

    • Chad LeCroy

      What, no taser?

      • A1701

        obviously tasers arnae exciting enough

    • Guy

      No he would not have been alive, he would have been just as dead. Simply put, what fun would that have been for the cop, to not be able to use all of his training, to not be able to put four shots into a man’s chest ?

      Isn’t it more fun and exciting to say “I feared for my life,” ” I maintained my cool under pressure,” I used my expert training,” “And put four slugs into the POS !” While knowing that, the gang back at the shop, is allready waiting with the news script and Chief is getting his statements in order, to grease the well oiled machine !

      • David N Lemieux Jr.

        No, he would definitely have survived the encounter.

    • Romulus Manzilac

      commands…were they legit?????we don t know exactly what happen there…..maybe u right by law…..by law of humanity 100 percent you are wrong

    • IceTrey

      So just kill everyone in a mental crisis?

      • A1701

        aye, that seems to be their plan

    • A1701

      Commands? what commands? I didnae hear anything apart from that fucker opening up on the other guy with his fucking toy!

  • David Hall

    Just another low IQ killer cowardly cop. Absolute execution by a pussy. This POS just had to use his toy to kill a man that needed help, not bullets from a coward. I hope someone does the same to him one day.

    • Gregg Barnes

      How do you know his IQ is low?

      • Romulus Manzilac

        common sense….easy…:)))))

      • Raphael Yang

        Your IQ must be low for not seeing that his IQ is obviously low.

      • Geezer Grunt

        Really? (smirk).

      • A1701

        It’s in Yankland, innit?

    • Mike Kszaszcz

      What a bunch of cop hating ass fucks here

  • Chad LeCroy

    That .223 Remington is basically what NATO uses and calls an AR-15. One shot could knock over a bull. Was it really necessary to fire 4 rounds into this guy that probably wasn’t doing anything wrong? Cold blooded murder.

    • Jeff Freitas

      I can tell Chad LeCroy knows about guns!

      • Aleks Black

        lol

      • Mike Kszaszcz

        Minimal at best

    • David N Lemieux Jr.

      A .223 Remington round is what NATO calls a 5.56mm round. If you shot a bull with it it would flick it’s tail and look at you in annoyance. However, if you were to shoot a bull with a .50 BMG round, it would certainly be knocked over.

      • Nishi

        Brian Wood found that out the hard when he tried to kill Jack Yantis’ bull. He and Cody Roland did manage to kill Yantis though.

    • Gregg Barnes

      I have read some really stupid things, but you might get a prize!

    • Draco2023

      They are not “basically” the same. 5.56 is loaded hotter and has a higher chamber pressure…Even so neither would “knock over” a bull.

    • Tmoney

      It will not kill a bull. Some states ban 22 cal bullets for deer because it is seen as to small to humanely kill i.e. more shots are required or the animal suffers or gets away, wounded and dies without being recovered. That being said the military uses full metal jacket (FMJ) which doesn’t expand. Police don’t most likely he has fusion or gold dot that penetrate while expanding and don’t break up because the jacket is bonded to the lead core. That leads to another point though, technology has improved the ability to kill easier and faster. Bullets have simply become more deadly. It seems as bullets have become more effective in killing, unfortunately the tactics and escalation has also increased. Most of these videos of police killings the victims go down very quickly, yet they continue to shoot.

    • Mike Kszaszcz

      It’s 55 grain bullet really a .22 caliber but about 20 grains heavier and about 2000 fps faster. Really rhere is knly 1 caliber smaller and that’s the .17 hmr. The ar15 is not as powerfull as obama wants you to think
      . And you consider walking towards a cop with a weapon in your hand “not doing anything wrong?

  • Timothy Russell

    Cowardly pos excuse for law enforcement! Where’s the tazer, walks out with an AR??? WFT buddy, small penis problem?? I believe they have pills for that now? On top of rest of the other pos police backing him in his style of execution and actually think that was ok, excusable.

  • Ibcamn

    it just shows ua all that these criminals have no interest in trying to save your life,or even just protecting it…cops are plain criminals with killing you on their minds,this video proves cops would just rather murder you in cold blood than make any attempt at helping you..all cops are criminals,all.

  • highroller2012

    This was an Assassination!

  • Lorne Allen

    The cop is a murderer. All he had to do was back up behind the safety of his car. Yes, if the man kept after him he could eventually shoot. For some reason pigs will never retreat. They would rather kill someone than retreat and show weakness, when actually their cowardly behavior is what shows their weakness. It doesn’t take a brave man to fire a gun, it takes a brave man to not fire.

    • Well said.

    • John Cokos

      It takes a lot moral fiber not to draw down on some one when you have the chance…this is what’s missing here…very few LEO’s have that much restraint. It’s the cop ego, don’t back down and look like a punk…

  • Sammy

    Once a 12year old kid was blown away by two clowns within 4seconds of their arrival I knew others had no chance. Looks like folks who can’t afford to go game hunting in Africa join the police in “murica!

    • A1701

      Moronica, more like

  • Aleks Black

    looks like a bad shoot

  • Butch Taylor

    Mentally disturbed Lt. Daniel Stephenson of the East Ridge, TN police department finally received his opportune moment to blatantly murder a human being. The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office wasted no time simulating a mock investigation and manufacturing false accusations and lies to enhance the excuse of fear that Stephenson proclaims and to justify the murder. The orgasm he experienced as he pumped four .223 rounds into the victim Todd Browning was better than any sex his left or right hand has ever given him. Stephenson will now receive his imaginary “I’m A Superior White Man” patch and raise next week. Tennessee must be stuck in the 1940’s.

    • John Cokos

      Another “Highly Decorated Award Winner” in the making. The stuff that legends are made of in TN…..

  • Shawn C. Imlay

    white or black “Stay there” means Stay there …he was advancing on the officer with a weapon , end of story …Like it or not , argue in Court , not with the Cop.

    • Romulus Manzilac

      yeap…..something similar in germany few decades ago

    • Exactly! OBEY OR BE TERMINATED. I mean who the hell needs all that freedom mumbo jumbo anyway. And next time you are in a dark alley and some jackass want’s your wallet at gun point, STFU and give them your wallet. Who the hell would EVER need to defend themselves. You’ll feel better about yourself after they shoot you anyways so you can’t testify. There is no difference. Hiding behind a badge doesn’t automatically make your actions justified.

  • P_dubVA

    Nothing more than sport shooting. Since when did the police start carrying AR-15’s? I’m an army veteran, yet I’m at a loss for words.

    • John Barry

      I’m an Army Veteran too and this is out of control.

      We have a militarized police forces throughout the country, without the training of the military.

      • We have militarized the police without instituting or enforcing the necessary responsibility that goes with it. Nor do I believe that the the “Local Police” should be militarized for any reason at all. “Serve And Protect” does not require military methods, nor does utilizing them promote a harmonious relationship with the public.

      • TOPDOG1

        Militarized police have a chain of command. It is the commander’s job to control his officers. The police have little or no chain of command and are completely out-of-control. It is the Chief’s job to place this control, or the next in command,he ‘in turn’ is supposed to be under the direction of the City Council.Most of the worst atrocity’s are by persons wearing uniforms, police or military. When the commanding officer is corrupt, or allows those in his command free reign then we have some of the worst human and civil liberty’s violations in history. Until the prosecutors are held responsible as accomplices to murder for not bringing charges against this very vile murders the out of control police will only become worse, and why doesn’t the F.B.I. pursue this person for the obvious murder?

    • Mike Kszaszcz

      Is it somehow better to be shot with a 40 cal or 9mm? What’s the diffrence play stupid games win stupid prizes

      • P_dubVA

        First and foremost, the M16A1(2) and its knockoff the AR-15 are assault rifles. These weapons were designed to create as much carnage as possible. The 7.62 mm rounds are capable of killing individuals even if they’re shot in their extremities. Do we want the police force to protect and serve or be a militarized occupying force?

        • And there it is. The uneducated petulant liberal gun-control rhetoric. Neither the M-16 nor the AR-15 are normally configured for 7.62 ammunition. The AR-15 is NOT a M-16 “knock off”. The M-16 was developed as a FULLY AUTOMATIC rifle while the AR-15 was developed as a SEMI-AUTOMATIC rifle. Know the subject before you jump in and try to instigate a hostile environment. When you start off with ignorant remarks, your credibility is already destroyed. Now anything you say is irrelevant. But by all means continue to to propagate your insolence. It only assists us in identifying your ineptitude. You might be better off going back to your safe space and the let the grown ups continue the subject at hand.

          • TOPDOG1

            Does it matter to the person who has been shot dead? All guns should be equally distributed or equally outlawed. The way it stands now it is OK for some to kill others but not OK for others to kill some. I prefer a level playing field were Americans can, will and should shoot back..

          • Couldn’t agree more.

          • John Cokos

            All we have is the video, no one has elaborated on just what this rifle is…

          • Hence the reason I said “normally”. I’m sure we can be pretty confident this was NOT a 7.62. The probability is EXTREMELY low. But I will agree, and have stated many times, I wasn’t there, there is minimal information to go on, and therefore can only hypothesize based on experience, knowledge, and precedence.

        • Spirit

          M16A1 and AR15 are .223, not 7.62 mm.

        • Mike Kszaszcz

          I’m ok with them having ar15’s. But then again I am a concealed carry permit holder who follows directions, so I don’t anticipate being on the wrong end of the flash hider

          • P_dubVA

            Ditto. I’m also a concealed carry permit holder.

        • John Cokos

          They roll and tumble, do a lot of damage. Just look at photos’s of VC shot by American troops in Nam, and you can see the damage they do…

      • Spirit

        Definitely better to be shot with a 9mm.
        .223 rounds boattail and then tumble upon entering flesh, causing more damage.

        • Mike Kszaszcz

          Yeah I suppose that would be correct. But still 4 or 5 center mass shots from almost any firearm would kill you

      • John Cokos

        Unless they are Full Auto capable, the AR would be a definite advantage…4 rounds in less time than it takes to say it….

    • Mike Kszaszcz

      Since the Patriot act at least.

    • John Cokos

      I hear ya….go to this site and you’ll get a heads up on just what’s going on in the country:
      Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange

  • David Marchetti

    Legally justified but excessive in my opinion…

    • AJ

      Wow. You just contradicted yourself with seven words.

      Has to be some kind of record.

      • John Barry

        What the fuck does David Marchetti know about legal? Just some pompous prick, with a ridiculous ideology if he’s justifying this murder.

  • Wachu Lookinat

    American cops will not yield an inch. To them, taking a step back is a sign of weakness and they would rather kill a human being than concede that inch.

    • Ʈ♓ΞƳ L¡Ѵ∈ 。。 { ఠ ͟ಠ) ⌐●-●

      Its “Command & https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2e9e479960f5a36d28312d8631b66b67d60ecd7329560ca674798813ae05980a.jpg Control” combined with military fear-based training that a person with even a finger nail file at 30 feet can get to them in less then 3 seconds and fatally sever their juggler vein thus killing them dead and ending their 150K per year career. Take the 2 week vacation they’re told ..

      • John Barry

        They are NOT military trained.

        I’m military trained. 8 years, US Army. These thugs, with badges and AR15’s are not. They receive little training.

        • Ʈ♓ΞƳ L¡Ѵ∈ 。。 { ఠ ͟ಠ) ⌐●-●

          The USA Police have been militarized in many ways.

          When McKinney, TX police officer David Eric Casebolt brutally took down a teenage girl at a pool party in June, he was using a form of martial arts called Krav Maga in which he trained exclusively. These combat techniques were developed by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).

          Read more at http://thefreethoughtproject.com/u-s-police-routinely-travel-israel-learn-methods-brutality-repression/#bD4vTVxm3683Cdf0.99

        • A1701

          well I wouldnae be surprised if they probably got a few hours on a Sony Playstation running a first-person-shoot-em-up – and then a wee cheap certificate showing their top score or something

        • Mike Kszaszcz

          You do realize that for a lot of Veterans, police work is second nature

          • John Cokos

            Mike: Your full of shit…there is NO comparing a Soldier to a Cop. It’s like comparing a DOG TURD on the sidewalk to finding a Gold Rolex..SOG RT NJ 68-70. Don’t compare me with that….

          • I’m going to have to agree with you on this one John. The role of a Police Officer is VERY different than that of a Military Soldier. Police Officers should not be looking at EVERY encounter with the public as COMBAT SCENARIO’s. The reality is that these “civil servants” should be making every effort to avoid a conflict as they are dealing with the very public that facilitates their employment. Making enemies of citizens is probably not the most intelligent tactic to employ when you live in the same community with them.

            However, The fact that it has become common practice to hire military personnel for civil law enforcement positions, can not be overlooked. Nor can the glaringly obvious increase in “militarization” of the municipal precincts over the last decades.

  • nunya

    rotten faggot pigs.. watch yo back, boy..

  • Draco2023

    Legally justified? Perhaps, but four shots to the chest was a bitch move. On the other hand, how many shades of stupid do you have to be to raise ANY weapon at a cop that has a gun trained on you.
    Would I have shot him? Yup. But it would have been a single shot to the shoulder.

  • Deuce Prez

    So….it is a big deal when a cop murders a man in cold blood then lies about the circumstances….but only if the murder victim is White….!!

    #sad

    • TOPDOG1

      Not true. As long as you put color in this picture you are not seeing the true light but are only expressing a biased opinion..

      • Mike Kszaszcz

        Thays what main stream media does all day long

  • Pete Koivuranta

    What you gun-loving yankeedoodles need to start doing is killing cops as frequently as they are killing you, if not more so. You’re allowed to have guns for a reason, you know.

  • Wild J. Mywildersyde

    It’s shit like this that makes it so much easier to turn around and say, “Privatization of the Police Departments is an order!” Make each carry wrongful death, and property damage insurance. No longer allow goobermint operated extortioners to steal money from people in bogus citations. Make each fully accountable for their actions. They shoot someone then no more paid vacation and cover ups of their hell bound crimes. Don’t even waste tax dollars for prisons. Kill the offender(s) on sight. Kill the goobermint operated police departments by replacing them all with private security.

  • Natural_Texan

    The Police are trained to never retreat and to respond to any challenge
    to their authority with overwhelming force.. swarm you, choke you out, club you. Additionally, officers are required to shoot 100s of rounds each year for firearms ‘proficiency’ and including
    into targets and silhouettes shaped as people. What this effectively
    does is make these men and women shoot people with little or no thinking
    involved, it becomes a reflexive response to any number of ‘trigger
    situations’. Like a man with a garden tool. I’m not defending this shooting just explaining what is happening. It’s a planned escalation of policing in America. And for those people who say ‘he was arguing with the armed officer’ or whatever? sure, but it doesn’t take much for that man to be you or me or most anyone.. Just got fired, losing your house or car, your kid just diagnosed with cancer.. the cop just ran over your dog? On that particular day and in any number of circumstances WE are that man, shouting and waving a garden tool at a cop. Bam, bam, bam, bam… you’re dead. For nothing more than betraying the truth to a Cop.. they really aren’t in charge of anything they can’t overpower or kill.

  • Carl Schattke

    The guy advanced on an armed man who told him to stay put, with a sword in his hand. Of course he’s dead, he was a dumb dumb,

    • IceTrey

      He was having a mental crisis. It could happen to you.

  • bruh44

    So when the cop doesn’t shoot and the guy with the large iron rod beats the cop to the point where his skull is split, you same bunch of retards say ” that cop was stupid I would have shot that guy”.

    • IceTrey

      You think the cop would just stand still and let the guy bash his skull in?

      • bruh44

        Um, you saw the video correct? Why would you ask if I think the cop would do something he obviously didn’t do.
        I’m saying “IF” he hadn’t shot.
        A long iron rod is a weapon that can crack a skull. That cop did what he needed to do to survive. All I see posted here are a bunch of Cheetos eating idiots who don’t understand how the world works.
        If you all think you can do better than go be a cop and make things right.

        • IceTrey

          He didn’t do what he needed to survive. He could have just run away. I’d never be a cop because they enforce immoral laws.

  • Zackknowitall

    Notice after the shooting he still points the gun at the man. I’ll also bet cuffed his lifeless body. The cops are trained to do all these things to make themselves look like they were really in fear. So that when they are in court and their defense lawyer says why did you cuff his body he can reply with I didn’t know if he was still going to hurt me and I was fearful.

    • I would agree there is far too much “C.Y.A.” going on in law enforcement. But then again when referring to organizations that investigate themselves to determine that they have done nothing wrong, that’s pretty much what you can expect.

      • Zackknowitall

        That’s why people should use street justice like cops do?

  • Bea Prince

    Ok to be fair the guy was coming towards him with a metal rod, but wtf I don’t think he had to shoot him to kill he ,he could have shot him in the leg or hand to disable him why do they always go for the kill shot?? Cops today need to be trained to be better negotiators rather than killers!!

    • While I agree with your overall sentiment, and from just the information obtainable from this video I would concede that this suspect most likely did not need to die. There are some things in your statement that I would like to address.

      First if you are going to shoot, then you better be shooting to kill, otherwise you are placing yourself and others in danger. ( The question is; Did the officer NEED to shoot? )

      Police Officers ARE trained to negotiate. ( How extensive they are trained is a matter for separate debate. ) However, there are MANY occasions that a particular suspect makes a situation non-negotiable. ( Again just from the video I don’t believe this situation had escalated to that point yet, but since I wasn’t there, there is no way for me to be sure. )

      Unfortunately, I do believe that there are many people who resort to deadly force much quicker than is necessary. But when you are in a stressful situation, decisions become foggy very quickly. Maybe this particular officer was just that insecure, and felt the only way to survive this encounter was with deadly force. Again just from the information in the video, I would hope that a peace officer would be more confident in themselves that what is seen here. But everyone is different.

  • raz-0

    OK, so there’s a guy with a water main key, which if weilded like a pickaxe can easily pierce the skull. The cop tells him to put it down, and the guy who gets shot repeatedly says he is going to kill him while doing something we can’t see.

    Guy has a potentially lethal weapon, and is threatening to kill the officer responding to a call. Unless he shot the guy while the guy was complying with directives and de-escalating, I’m not seeing this as a particularly good example of excessive use of force. There are plenty of good examples of that, this does not appear to be one of them.

    • IceTrey

      Why couldn’t the cop just retreat? Let’s say they were initially 30 feet apart and the cop felt safe. Why not maintain that distance when the suspect advances by stepping back? Why not put the car between you and the suspect? The cop put himself in danger and then killed the guy because of it.

  • The simple fact that an AR-15 appears to be the standard issue side arm for law enforcement would seem to be enough information for just about any complaint about our police state. The officer arrived on scene, was fully aware of what the suspect was in possession of. The officers assessment led him to believe he required an AR-15 to address the situation? Apparently we have reached a point where officers believe that a “club” is more dangerous than their standard side arm, and therefore should be met with the increased firepower of a tactical rifle. Anyone still wonder why the Constitution recognizes the peoples natural right to keep and bear arms?

  • Gordon Klock

    Too many of these types of encounters that seem to imply, that there is virtually nothing one can do, to avoid getting shot, (or at least beaten & arrested) once a cop has taken an interest in that person…
    People are even getting shot for ‘complying’ with what they were told to do……

  • A1701

    FUCKING LYING BASTARDS! NAE BLOODY WONDER PEOPLE HATE THE PIGS!

  • Donald Bezzina

    It is videos like this that promote vengeance from the random mani in the street who then targets the really good cops for no valid reason. If justice is not done here, then terror groups like BLM have a point here. Let us name a spade a spade please. Can the new AG investigate this please? President Trump please note!

    • Truthseeker

      BLM is not a terrorist group moron……………

      • Depends on your definition of “Terrorist Group”.

        • Truthseeker

          Not at all surprised by your response……….racist much?

          • Your statement only proves your own racism. Only a racist would utilize a racist remark to condemn someone of racism, whom hasn’t even mentioned race. Race has nothing to do with it. ACTIONS are what would determine a “Terrorist” or not. I could care less what race they are.

          • Truthseeker

            My statement is in response to your uninformed knowledge of what BLM represents…..your definition of “Terrorists” does NOT describe BLM……

          • Funny. I never once attempted to define “Terrorists”. I simply stated that claiming an organization to be “Terrorists” would depend on how you define “Terrorists”, so you can’t POSSIBLY know how I define “Terrorists”. You argument is invalid. But please continue. You are doing all the work for me.

          • Truthseeker

            You stated that BLM is a “Terror Group”….whatever……moving on……..

          • Don’t know what conversation you were following, but I never did any such thing. Keep going. It’s just getting better.

      • c_chandler

        yes, bureau of land mgt and black lives matter are both terrorists.

        • Truthseeker

          Whatever…………….

      • Donald Bezzina

        The truth hurts it seems. Wake up my friend. Whole sheriff deptartments say that it is.

        • Don’t bother Donald. If you follow the thread you will see that “Truthseeker” is anything but. If anyone wanted to know the truth they could simply pick up a dictionary.

          terrorist [ter-er-ist] noun
          1. a person, usually a member of a group, who uses or advocates terrorism.
          2. a person who terrorizes or frightens others.

          terrorism [ter-uh-riz-uh m] noun
          1. the use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, especially for political purposes.

          terrorize [ter-uh-rahyz] verb (used with object), terrorized, terrorizing.
          1. to fill or overcome with terror.
          2. to dominate or coerce by intimidation.
          3. to produce widespread fear by acts of violence, as bombings.

          The truth need not be “seeked” in this particular instance. It pretty much speaks for itself.

        • Truthseeker

          Whole sheriff departments say that it is?????????? Got some swamp land to sell you….

          • Donald Bezzina

            Sorry- on what planet do you live- I did not get that.

        • Don’t waste your time Donald. If you follow the thread you will see that “Truthseeker” is anything but. It isn’t difficult to utilize a dictionary.

          terrorist [ter-er-ist] noun
          1. a person, usually a member of a group, who uses or advocates terrorism.
          2. a person who terrorizes or frightens others.

          terrorism [ter-uh-riz-uh m] noun
          1. the use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, especially for political purposes.

          terrorize [ter-uh-rahyz] verb (used with object), terrorized, terrorizing.
          1. to fill or overcome with terror.
          2. to dominate or coerce by intimidation.
          3. to produce widespread fear by acts of violence, as bombings.

          From the definitions, people can easily make up their own mind on who is, and who isn’t.

  • christina dobbs

    No wonder some people are afraid to get out of their cars…..

  • Menelik Wolde

    HOLY #FUCKING SH#T! WTF!!!!!!

  • Rob H.

    Don’t approach a cop that has a gun pointed at you. I knew this when I was 3 years old.

    • IceTrey

      Where you schizophrenic when you were 3?

    • Sounds like you were properly indoctrinated at a very young age. Were you running around with a gun at 3 years old? I can’t fathom any need for an officer to have a gun pointed at a 3 year old. You were simply “trained” to “fear” a police officer instead of questioning why they were doing the things they do. The price of freedom is eternal vigilance. You should have been taught to respect those that have earned it. Respect is EARNED, NOT demanded.

  • EliWebber

    i guest the cop couldn’t chance getting water shut off . i think that close the taser would have subdued him or at the least a shot in the leg. but pumping all those shots close range into his chest. thats over kill .

    • Mike Kszaszcz

      Go on you tube and watch videos of guys on meth or crack getting tazed 5 or 6 times just to have to have 5 cops jump on him to subdue them. If this cop was alone on scene he was ok to shoot. As far as i am concerned. The guy should have just put the weapon down

  • Bill Kelly

    It was a clean shotting!

  • Chris .

    Selctive editing and , embelished description of events by the COP haters..

  • David F Mayer

    Clearly the guy WAS approaching the cop when shot.

    Your headline is a lie.

    • Headline is not a lie. Just a matter of semantics. The headline says “charging” not “approaching”. Now whether the suspect was “charging” is open for debate.

  • Mike

    SBC. I’m a little upset about the cost of the ammo required to do his bidding but what’s done is done.

  • The police department is NOT a “government organization”. They are private security firms. If you don’t believe me, look it up. Your city government uses your tax money to hire these “security firms” for the purposes of “enforcing law”. NOBODY in your police department was elected. NONE. Your county sheriff’s are the only “law enforcement” officers that are elected. The police departments are hired thugs that are paid to obey whomever signs their paycheck. Your “safety” is of little concern to them. The majority of your local police departments function is revenue enhancement through legal extortion. You are paying tax money for these organizations to intentionally harass you. The only way they can continue to supplement their illusion of “authority” is with fear and intimidation. I do not respect a “title”, a “position”, an “ornament”, an organization, or other such inanimate designations. I respect INDIVIDUALS that have EARNED that respect. There are good and bad people regardless of title or organization. Law Enforcement is no different. I know good officers and have known bad ones. Regardless I don’t think an AR-15 was needed for this altercation. I’ve been in “security” and “law enforcement” long enough to know that the action of “eliminating a threat” does not mandate “KILLING” as the ONLY recourse. Just from the video alone, I would be led to believe that this was not handled in the best manner. But I wasn’t there so I don’t have all the information required to confirm that assumption.

  • David James

    Yet another reason why pigs are hated in this country. and why there is no sympathy when one of them gets what they deserve. fucking coward with a big gun, badge and tiny dick

  • Invasive Species

    I worked for a couple of years five nights a week in one of the most violent bars on the east coast. I was stabbed in the leg, wrapped-up from behind with a coat and beaten, threatened constantly when breaking-up fights or ejecting someone. No gun or weapons, dealing with drunk fishermen and college football players. We would do anything NOT to call the cops, because then things could really get ugly and out of control. I’m not judging all, but there seems to be a lot like this, and the “law” is on their side, within a corrupt system geared to the wealthy. Glad and proud I survived that and a stint in the army, but not proud of what I see lately. Now I’m just old and out of the way, deep in the woods to watch from a distance. Good luck out there; I’m hiding with other nocturnal creatures.

  • Feed Up!

    OVER KILL! One shot at that range from that weapon would have killed the man. The cop should not be on the streets, he clearly can’t handle stressful situations without full on panic.

  • Spirit

    If I had a gun trained on someone, and they are inching toward me with a long steel rod with a hatchet type head, I’d shoot him, too. But I’d take out a leg, instead.

    • TOPDOG1

      A warning shot .above the head or at his feet, is standard protocol. Not to do this is murder.

      • Mike Kszaszcz

        A warning shot? How stupid are you. So that warning shot could go into a neighbors house and kill their baby? Warning shot, idiot. There is NO traiming for warning shots.

        • TOPDOG1

          Speak for yourself! A warning shot is required. Not to do this is murder. Any professional soldier or officer knows,(or should know) that a Warning shot, fired into the air above their head is standard international protocol. Not to do this is just plain murder. In my opinion, you are still too incompetent to possess a firearm. and so are most police. Their guns(and yours) should be taken away;

          • Mike Kszaszcz

            You’re a fucking idiot. So take The chance in killing an actual innocent instead of killing the actual bad guy. I bet you voted for hillary too

          • TOPDOG1

            They doctor who gave you birth should have slapped your mother for giving birth to such an idiot as you. Because of her, we all must share the planet with a POS like you. I am not the topic here. You must be some coward to hide behind your P.C. and criticize and insult everyone. I recommend you get an education. I do not object to criticism but you lack the qualification.

          • Mike Kszaszcz

            Oh yeah there’s that tolerant liberal we all knew was there. And im hiding behind my cell phone just sayin

  • mark rafferty

    Why 4 rounds and why not to the legs ? Think I’ll holiday in Iran or North Korea, it’s safer. RIP

    • Mike Kszaszcz

      And what if he hit one of those giant arteries on the leg and he died in 5 mins anyway, stuoid comment and go ahead Kim Jung un want to hire you

      • mark rafferty

        Spelling ! You’ve got webbed feet, haven’t you.

  • brian nunziato

    This piece of shit has to live with what he did. Then again maybe it doesn’t bother him. Every dog has his day… I just hope it comes soon.

  • A piss poor excuse for a cop if you ask me. He had options:

    Back up
    If the man is still approaching, shoot him in the shoulder or leg

    But instead, he pumps FOUR shots from an assault weapon into the mans chest, as if one wasn’t enough.

    The cop should be tried for murder.

  • Drew

    The cop was twice the size of the supposed threat. This crap is going to continue and get much worse if people don’t start to stand up.

  • Frank_in_Spokane

    Stack the argument much, FTP?

    “Thin metal rod” = bludgeon = deadly weapon.

    “Barely inching toward” = armed with a deadly weapon and approaching a cop who’s pointing a gun at him.

    The fact that the cops mis-reported (whether intentionally or not) the man as “charging” or “running” doesn’t mean the shooting wasn’t justified.

    Not saying you guys are always wrong when you report on the police use/misuse of force. Just that, in this case, your anticop bias is showing. Big time.

    (And BTW, I completely support the WV cop’s decision NOT to shoot the guy trying to commit suicide-by-cop. Firing him was bullshit.)

  • Mike Kszaszcz

    Here why don’t you all watch a really actually bad shoot by cops
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=_TFkaaIROEI

    • Mike Kszaszcz

      Give you something to legitimately bitch about. Because this cop with the ar was well within his rights to shoot

  • John Cokos

    A little bit of Viet Nam in West Virginia….. Stephenson would make a good assassin they way he just calmly goes about blowing Browning away with half a clip. This is the COLDEST MURDER I’VE SEEN since Nam, even a troop out in the bush would hesitate at times before loading a clip into someone.
    This guy is a cold Psychopathic Killer the way he just calmly backs off,this guy is STILL out in the streets of W.Virginia which is unsettling..BUT the PD did clear him of any responsibility with the usual Bureaucratic Policy Mumbo Jumbo. Folks it was just words that got Stephenson, doesn’t mean shit, it was a murder….

  • Jordan Kimkaran

    This just reinforces how ridiculous this site is. “Free thought?” Yeah right. You’re defending a guy who approached a cop with a metal weapon in his hands and refused to back away. But nope. It’s always the same rhetoric on this page. “The poor, innocent man with the 3 ft metal rod in his hand was HORRIBLY struck down by an EVIL, POWER-HUNGRY cop! Who then cackled manically as he shot him then went home to brag to everyone!” Same story each time. You do absolutely everything to make the cop look evil and the idiot with the weapon was just a misunderstood person with a mental illness.

    • Guy

      You are certainly welcome here. along with your opinion as i am, and mine say’s you can go to Hell In A Handbasket !

  • durrmoment

    Can you say excessive force??? What the hell was he doing with an automatic rifle when responding to a knife threat?? Did he want to test the effectiveness of the weapon?? When it turned out to be a meter tool, why didn’t he just tackle him, or if was a whimp use a taser?? I’m all for police officers, and treating them with respect, but this shit is what makes people question their loyalty. The friggin’ tool was long and cumbersome, easily out maneuvered with just a baton. Protect and Serve means us, not your department.

  • John Cokos

    This one of those stories that won’t go away. All the other factors aside, the term “Gun’s Up” come to mind. If your were in the Military you that term. Another term, legal in nature, is mens reas, which translate into intention or knowledge and the state of mind of that cop. He was on a search and destroy mission and terminate Browning. Less than a minute ? Everything in Stephenson’s posture was pro-active toward lethal force.
    Where is his family in all this ? No wrongful death lawsuit, No Federal input into this. State sanctioned murder ?

  • Brett Rapley

    WTF, one bullet in the shoulder would have stopped that, not fucking 5, and why the hell was he using a rifle when a hand gun would have done the same job.

  • Mark Probst

    what a fat turd piece of shit bastard that coward cop IS not was IS….. Quit NOW you are CLEARLY and unsafe piece of trash mommy boy.

  • Mark Probst

    a REAL MAN Cop in my day would have simply pulled out his baton and beat the shit out of the dude.. he would still be alive…