Dalton, GA — Leading police on a high-speed chase in America can be a deadly decision as a recently released dashcam video illustrates.
In November of last year, Brett Noblitt led Whitfield County Sheriff’s deputies on a chase. To catch the man who was dangerously driving through town to get away from police, the officers dangerously drove through town.
Deputies fired at Noblitt’s tires and finally rammed their cars into his vehicle enough times to temporarily stop him. As a deputy got out of his car and approached Noblitt’s vehicle, he tried to drive away once more.
Instead of getting back in his vehicle to continue the pursuit, the deputy, along with another officer, opened fire on Noblitt as he speeds off. He was killed instantly.
Officers immediately claimed that Noblitt intentionally tried to run over the deputy, as is the case in most police shootings involving drivers. However, the dashcam video merely shows Noblitt trying to get away.
In spite of the deputies not being hurt and the video showing that they were not in front of Noblitt’s vehicle, Whitfield District Attorney Bert Poston ruled that the shooting was justified.
Noblitt was no angel, and had stolen the vehicle he was in at the time, but this did not deserve a death sentence. Police officers playing the role of judge, jury, and executioner is now the norm in the Land of the Free.
Officers killing people for attempting to drive away has reached epidemic proportions. A study titled Shots Fired: Mining lessons from tragedy, looked into the use of deadly force by police officers and found that 25 percent of police shootings involve cops firing on fleeing vehicles.
Seneca Police Lt. Mark Tiller also said that his life was in danger when he shot and killed 19-year-old Zachary Hammond over the possession of a small amount of marijuana. But the video showed that assertion to be a lie.
Officer Ray Tensing was caught on video killing Sam Dubose in a similar fashion. In September, cellphone footage was released showing police murdering 33-year-old John Barry, a mentally ill man who attempted to flee from police during a breakdown.
One of the most disgusting examples of cops claiming to fear for their lives as cars drive off is the case of Officers Derrick Stafford and Norris Greenhouse, Jr., who, in November of last year, opened fire on a car occupied by 6-year-old Jeremy Mardis, killing him and severely injuring his father.