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Update: Half Naked, Drunk Texas Cop Who Fired Gun at Church Let Off With Probation

Deputy William Cox Texas Cop Naked Church Shooting Probation

Somervell County Sheriff’s Deputy William Cox was sentenced to just probation after getting drunk and shooting at a Texas Church.

In August of 2016 I posted about an off-duty Somervell County Sheriff’s Deputy who got sloppy drunk, stripped off most of his clothes and then drove over to a church in Ellis County, Texas and started shooting his gun into it.

Once local police arrived, former Deputy William Lane Cox readily admitted that he was drunk and had fired his gun(s) at the church, hitting the building several times. His confession, recorded on those officer’s body cams, included his admission that he had gotten drunk and decided to “blow off some steam” by shooting up the church, which was located within a residential neighborhood.

He also indicated that the reason for his “stress” was the shooting of several Dallas police officers in an incident that happened just prior to his own shooting spree. Among other racist comments Deputy Cox stated, “cause my boys are getting killed in Dallas” and “the black coon start killing my boys” on the video (embedded below).

Not surprisingly, after his initial arrest Deputy Cox received the typical Policeman’s Discount. The next day he was released without bail and shortly after that it was determined that he would not be facing any charges at all. That was partly due to the fact that the pastor of the church (who also just happens to be a police chaplain) didn’t want to press charges for the property damage caused by several bullets that had penetrated the doors and wall of the church.

Patrick Wilson Ellis County District Attorney Church Statement FavoritismHowever, there are numerous other charges that the police could easily have charged Deputy Cox with based on his own confession and the dangerous nature of his actions. Instead, while he was fired by the Somervell County Sheriff’s Office, Johnny Brown the Sheriff in Ellis County was pretty comfortable with not charging someone who admittedly drove drunk, recklessly discharged a gun while intoxicated, and put innocent people in danger by doing so at a building within a residential neighborhood with any crime whatsoever.

It wasn’t until six months later that Ellis County District Attorney Patrick Wilson launched a separate investigation and eventually charged him with “deadly conduct,” a class three felony. In doing so, Wilson stated the obvious: “it is very, very difficult for me to believe that this man, Mr. Cox, was not afforded some special consideration.

One would tend to think that any special consideration would end. However, as is always the case with police facing trial, that was far from true. In spite of facing a charge where the minimum sentence mandated by law is a two year prison sentence and the added circumstances of having been drinking (and driving) at the time, he still was offered a cushy plea deal based on him having been a “good citizen” prior to his drunken shooting spree. After pleading guilty, Cox was sentenced to just five years of probation a $1,500 fine and ten days in jail. BTW, he gets to serve those ten days on weekends, cuz you it would be a shame if he was inconvenienced.

Once again, I’m sure the average citizen would have gotten the same sort of treatment.

False Imprisonment: Its Increasing Frequency and the Huge Cost It Imposes on Society

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Police Abuses on the Rise

It’s no secret that police brutality and misconduct has been on the rise recently with cases in the news like Eric Garner who was suffocated in a choke hold by police and killed for illegally selling cigarettes. Similarly, a 12-year-old boy Tamir Rice was shot and killed after playing with a toy gun in the park. The level of uneasiness between police officers and citizens has hit an all-time high and we see this unrest play out in society. Police brutality is not the only form of police misconduct- false arrest of citizens can be an excruciating experience that sends innocent people to prison for simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

For example, Chicago’s taxpayers have had to pay over $120 million for the racial torture committed by one police commander, Jon Burge. Part of the disconnect between officers and citizens is the unfairness in power and how that power is used. To add on to this, police are offered different treatment when it comes to false arrests or misconduct. Although Burge oversaw the torture of over 118 black men – which would typically lead to decades in prison – he was released in three-and-a-half years and sent to a halfway house. All the men he tortured remain behind bars.

Police officers were granted a Qualified Immunity Doctrine by the Supreme Court which essentially states that police officers are innocent of harm towards their suspects in most cases due to their risky and honorable line of work. The best intentions are seen to be associated with most police officers, but has that been the case recently?

Typically, false arrest from police officers falls into the police misconduct category, which can also encompass police brutality and wrongful death. According to the University of Michigan Law School’s National Registry of Exonerations report, 75% of homicide exonerations involved police misconduct. One widely publicized example of a wrongful arrest was James Bain, who was convicted of kidnapping and rape at the age of 18. He served 35 years for a vicious crime he did not commit. Although DNA evidence was tested and presented prior, he was refused further DNA testing from the courts until his fifth try in 2006. Although misidentification from eyewitnesses account for 75% of all convictions that are overturned by DNA evidence, Bain was wrongfully arrested and incarcerated by police.

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How Does False Imprisonment Affect the Public?

Some people may think that the police arrest people who they think are guilty of a crime, and if they are wrongfully arrested, they are quickly released and go about their happy lives. That is far from the truth in most cases where the arrest was outright wrong and unlawful. Many people who are falsely arrested fight back and sue the police officer who wronged them and because of this, the public is responsible for paying that fee.

Amount of Money City Taxpayers Have Paid for Police Misconduct:

  • Chicago: $521 million from 2004-2014
  • Cleveland: $8.2 million between 2004-2014
  • Denver: $12 million since 2011
  • Dallas: $6.6 million between 2011-2014
  • Los Angeles: $101 million between 2002-2011

For example, Robert Graham was arrested for disorderly conduct by a police officer who was stuck in traffic behind him. Due to the gridlock traffic in New York City, Graham was also stuck in traffic and unable to move. The police officers wrongfully arrested Graham due to the circumstances of the situation. Graham’s wrongfully arrested cases was one of the ones that contributed to New York taxpayers paying $18 million to pay back people who were wrongfully arrested by officers.

According to Jon Norinsberg, a false imprisonment attorney, New York city police may only legally arrest citizens if:

  1. The police have an arrest warrant.
  2. The police have probable cause that you committed a crime.
  3. You are interfering with a police investigation or arrest.
  4. The police believe you are a criminal attempting to flee a crime scene.

Why are Police Officers Getting Away with False Imprisonment?

The number of innocent people behind bars is the highest number it has ever been historically, so it is only natural to question the source – the police. Why has it become okay to so quickly convict people and rarely face punishment as a police officer for wrongfully arresting someone? The issue gets stickier when videos of police officers using excessive force and even killing citizens when they appeared to pose no threat. Are there consequences for that? Rarely.

Unfortunately, false arrests happen and can be scary to argue your case in front of a judge – especially because police are most often shielded by the Qualified Immunity Doctrine exercised by the Supreme Court. This is a protective order that is designed to protect police officers from facing punishments from their mistakes or unlawful actions. In theory, this Qualified Immunity Doctrine was originally designed to shield officers who are properly bringing justice to criminals and who handle situations appropriately – if someone is upset for getting arrested if they deserve it, well this doctrine will protect the police from this potential complaint or lawsuit. Since videos have been released of police officers using unnecessary excessive force on unarmed people, citizens are growing scared that officers are abusing this immunity from the Supreme Court to get away with their unjust behavior. This is where a disconnect lies between police officers and citizens.

Where is the Accountability From the Police?

Why is it that as a society we only started paying attention to police misconduct and false arrests when Netflix featured programs like Making a Murderer?

Police officers are designed to keep our communities safe. While most cops are heroes and upstanding citizens who work hard to protect our safety, those who entered the police force to unlawfully assert power over others and take advantage of their badge are getting more press in recent news. Although it’s an unfortunate circumstance, it is important to stay educated on what is happening in society to better educate yourself and to hopefully make a positive change.

Dallas Police Manufacture an Excuse to Harass and Attempt to Question Man Legally Filming in Public

The following post was shared with the CopBlock Network by Patrick Roth of CopBlock Oklahoma, via the CopBlock.org Submissions Page. (See “related posts” section below for previous submissions from Patrick.)

In this video, as the name of the post implies, Patrick was legally filming in public at the headquarters of the Dallas Police Department. As he does so, two Dallas police officers arrive and approach. Shortly after walking up to Patrick, those officers stated that they had received a call about him and where just checking to see if he was alright. However, within the description below Patrick maintains that no such call was made and that this was just an excuse they were using to justify attempting to question him (which is not an unusual tactic among cops conducting fishing trips).

For the vast majority of the encounter Patrick remains silent, invoking his Fifth Amendment right and refusing to speak to the officers. After a minute or so of awkward silence, the cops give up and head back to their car. One of the officers readily admits that filming in public is legal and the harassment is actually fairly minimal. Once they have driven away, Patrick returns his attention to filming the headquarters building and everyone seemingly lives happily ever after.

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Date of Incident: December 17, 2016
Department Involved: Dallas Police Department
Department Facebook Page: Dallas PD
Department Twitter Account: @DallasPD
Department YouTube Channel: Dallas Police Dept.
Department Phone No.: (214) 671-3001

I was doing some public filming at the Dallas Police Department when two officers approached me wanting to know what I was doing and illegally claiming they got a police call. I actually found out later that there was no police call and I reported both of them. So, they had no authority to come up to me and question why I was filming. They also didn’t respect me remaining silent and it obviously bothered them.

– Patrick Roth
Copblock Oklahoma

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Dallas Police Officer Caught On Video Granting Badges Extra Rights

The following post was shared with the CopBlock Network by Patrick Roth of CopBlock Oklahoma, via the CopBlock.org Submissions Page. (See “related posts” section below for previous submissions from Patrick.)

In this video, Patrick goes down to the Dallas Police Department employee parking area and observes that several vehicles owned by officers don’t have front license plates, including one that doesn’t have one on either the front of back. The reason he states that he is doing so is because he recently got a citation for not having a front license plate and wants to highlight the hypocrisy of the police not enforcing those same laws on the officers working for the department.

As he is walking around filming, a police officer (who Patrick forgot to ask for a name) pulls into the parking lot. Patrick approaches that officer and begins to ask him about why he isn’t enforcing the same law regarding front license plates that was cited for against the cops who own these cars. After a bit of back and forth about the lifesaving importance of flashlights to cops and Patrick’s concerns that he might be assaulted with it, the officer uses the excuse that none of the vehicles in the Dallas Police Department parking lot are moving and therefore aren’t currently breaking the law.

Almost on cue, as the officer is stating that, the engine of the SUV, which has no plates at all, starts up and the Good Cop inside it begins driving out of the parking lot. So, of course the officer Patrick had been speaking to, along with a second officer that had pulled in behind him, went over and ticketed the unregistered SUV now that it was “in motion.” Right?

(SPOILER – Not a chance.)

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Date of Incident: December 28, 2016
Department Involved: Dallas Police Department
Department Facebook Page: Dallas PD
Department Twitter Account: @DallasPD
Department YouTube Channel: Dallas Police Dept.
Department Phone No.: (214) 671-3001

I had a concern about why I got a ticket for not having a front license plate recently and wanted to talk to a Dallas police officer about why he didn’t give vehicles that belong to officers tickets for the same offense that I was ticketed for. While I was in the process of filming him, a vehicle with no front or back license plate pulled out of the police parking lot and drove off in front of him. He did nothing because it was another officer, but if it was a citizen like me or you they would pull us over in a heartbeat and suspect you’ve got a bomb in the back. Even if the cops didn’t have a bomb in the back, it’s still illegal to drive without plates.

– Patrick Roth
CopBlock Oklahoma

On this video, I exposed these criminals for:

  1. Not doing their job
    – and –
  2. Giving cops special treatment, thereby granting them extra rights – Badges Don’t Grant Extra Rights

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Garland Texas Cop on Trial for Shooting Unarmed Motorist 41 Times After High Speed Chase

Officer Patrick Tuter began trial on Tuesday for fatally shooting a man during a high-speed chase in 2012. Tuter shot at Michael Allen 41 times. Defense lawyers representing Tuter are using the go-to excuse for cops that murder people of “I feared for my life.” He initially claimed that he had to shoot him because Allen rammed his truck into Tuter’s car. However, dashcam video showed that it was Tuter who ran into Allen.

Tuter also claimed that Allen was reaching down for something. Garland Officer William Norris contradicted that contention in his testimony, stating that Tuter was “reckless” in his actions and put the rest of the cops involved in the chase in danger with his gunfire. Other officers at the scene also testified that Allen had his hands on the steering wheel at the time Officer Tuter began shooting at him. In spite of the amount of shots Tuter fired at an unarmed person and the lies in his story exposed by both video and other police officers, Tuter was only charged with manslaughter.

Via WFAA.com, the Dallas ABC affiliate:

It all started when Patrick Tuter, a six-year veteran of the force at the time, recognized Michael Allen’s truck from another police chase earlier that week. He tried to pull him over, which led to a chase through multiple cities, ultimately ending in gunfire.

Prosecutors called Tuter “reckless,” saying that seasoned officers will testify he went beyond what was necessary. Allen didn’t have a weapon in the vehicle.

“He went past Garland’s way of taking care of things and went to Patrick Tuter’s way of taking car of things,” said prosecutor Juan Sanchez.

Tuter was fired after an internal investigation.

But defense attorney Robert Rogers said Tuter feared he would die if he didn’t use deadly force, painting Allen as a dangerous felon who had meth in his system.

Allen’s mother, Stephanie, was the first to take the stand Tuesday, tearfully remembering the day she learned her son had died.

“We were … devastated,” she said,”

Then, Lt. Clay Lacey, of Texas DPS, took the stand. He was in the DPS chopper the night of the chase and answered questions about chopper surveillance video. He estimated the chase topped 80 to 100 mph at some points.

Ultimately, Allen wound up in a Mesquite cul-de-sac, with Tuter on his tail, and multiple other police vehicles behind them.
garland-police-shooting-surveillance-footageThe two vehicles collided and ended up front to front. A second police vehicle then struck Allen’s truck, sandwiching him in. The surveillance video appears to show Allen continue to accelerate.

Defense attorneys say Allen bent down to reach for something and that’s when Tuter feared for his life and fired shots. They said he fired until Allen stopped accelerating and the threat was over.

“He had to do what he had to do in order to survive,” Rogers said.

But prosecutors argue Allen had his hands on the wheel and was trying to leave.

Dallas Transit Cop Committed Perjury to Justify Arresting “Citizen Journalist” for Filming Them

Apparently, a transit cop in Dallas doesn’t understand that Photography Is Not A Crime. Avi Adelman, who is described as a “Citizen Journalist” and local activist, was arrested by Officer Stephane Branch in February of this year by Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) Officer Stephane Branch.

What was his diabolical crime you ask? Standing quietly and legally filming the police during a medical call, something that he does on a regular basis. (The excuse used to justify that illegal arrest was a trespassing charge.)

Of course, since that’s not actually a crime, the charges were soon dropped, although it still cost him 20 hours in jail. However, that’s where the trouble began for Officer Branch. Not only did Adelman notice on the police report that Branch had completely fabricated statements on her police report (otherwise known as perjury, which is a crime) to make it appear she had cause to arrest him, but a microphone she was wearing confirmed she was a liar.

Via WFAA8, the local ABC affiliate:

…when DART officer Stephane Branch gave her account of what happened in the report, she included supposed verbatim quotes between herself and Adelman, starting with “Sir, please stay back so the firefighters can help this man.”

“That sent up a lot of red flags because I looked at that and said, ‘This isn’t what happened,’” Adelman said.

A microphone Officer Branch was wearing captured what actually happened.

“Sir, leave – you’ve got to leave,” she could be heard saying on the recording. “I’m talking to my supervisor.”

The officer’s report also included quotes from Dallas Fire-Rescue personnel and a DART passenger, but the internal affairs investigation found those quotes were entirely made up.

Branch “engaged in conduct that was illegal or could reflect poorly on DART if brought to the attention of the public,” investigators said.

“A sworn law enforcement officer lied – thought she could get away with it – stood by her lies – and then they busted her,” Adelman said.

Of course, the amount of potential trouble she might get into is up in the air, since she has one of those Magic Suits in her closet that renders its wearer impervious to meaningful consequences for their actions, no matter how illegal, immoral, or even violent they might be.

Morgan Lyons, a DART spokesperson, has stated that the investigation has been completed. However, Internal Affairs has not yet decided just how hard they will be slapping her wrist yet. In the meantime, Officer Branch is still out there protecting and serving the shit out of people in Dallas.

For his part, Adelman is hoping she will be fired for her clearly illegal acts. However, I wouldn’t advise him to hold his breath on that. Stranger things have happened, but the fact that criminal charges for her illegal arrest and blatant perjurious actions in the process of that is a pretty good indicator that they are preparing a nice Policeman’s Discount for her and any “punishment” she receives will likely be for show and not anything of substance.

The Internal Affairs Report

Internal affairs report: DART officer fabricated quotes by wfaachannel8 on Scribd

Video Included in Local Coverage

Racist, Drunk, Half-Naked Texas Cop Shoots At Church in Residential Neighborhood; Faces No Charges As A Result

Half Naked Somervell County Texas Deputy Cox Church Shooting

Somervell County Sheriff’s Deputy William Lane Cox confessing to shooting at a church within a residential neighborhood while drunk and half naked.

On July 13th, Deputy William Cox of the Somervell County (TX) Sheriff’s Office was arrested after he got drunk, stripped down, and fired his gun at a church within a residential neighborhood. During the arrest he fully confessed in a racist rant where he referred to black people as “black coons” and blamed being stressed and upset over the recent shootings of police in Dallas for the bizarre rampage.

In spite of that, no charges were filed against him and thus far his only punishment has been to be fired from the department. That’s partly due to the fact that the pastor of the church chose not to press charges against him. However, several of his actions that night constitute crimes that would normally be filed by the police officers making the arrest. As a result, the failure of the Good Cops at the Somervell County Sheriff’s Office to hold this Bad Apple accountable for his actions has generated criticism not just among members of the community, but even from Ellis County District Attorney Patrick Wilson.

Via the New York Daily News:

That morning, Ovilla officers responded to a report of shots fired at an Ellis County church about 20 miles outside of Dallas.

When they showed up, they caught body cam footage of Cox, crying as he fires off a boozy tirade while wearing only shorts and sneakers.

In the shocking video, Cox tells a responding officer he shot up the church “cause my boys are getting killed in Dallas,” referencing the ambush during a rally that left five officers dead just six days earlier.

He continued his tipsy tirade, telling the cop that “the black c–n start killing my boys.”

The Ovilla cop cuffed Cox until a sheriff’s deputy showed up.

Cox copped to it all, telling police he was under a lot of stress and upset about the Dallas ambush when he decided to get sloshed, sit in the parking lot and fire his gun at the Shiloh Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

Officers found a .38-caliber revolver, his service gun and 28 bullet casings in his car…

When the Dallas TV station filed an open records request for Cox’s mugshot, all they got back was a picture of a blank wall.

“The complainant dropped the charges,” Ellis County Sheriff Johnny Brown told the Waxahachie paper. “I have nothing to say about it.”

Now, the Ellis County District Attorney Patrick Wilson is livid, calling the decision not to press charges “inexcusable.”

“I cannot understand how these facts escape the narrative of favoritism,” he said.

“How can I dispel that narrative when these facts completely support that?”

DA Wilson says he is conducting a separate investigation and Deputy Cox could, in theory, end up facing charges after all. However, as even he acknowledges, it’s unlikely that potential extra step would be necessary if it was anyone but a cop who had gotten drunk, drove to a church, and discharged a firearm at a building within a residential neighborhood, regardless of their motivations for doing so.

Not All Robots Support The Police (State)

Recently, there have been several reports of police use of robots to intercede on their behalf against suspects they are pursuing. The most notable example, of course, is when police in Dallas used a robot to bomb the man who had killed five police officers earlier and also wounded eleven other people, including nine additional cops.

Other reports have surfaced since then of plans police have formulated to increase the use of robotic devices to facilitate the use of deadly force against suspects since then. While they haven’t come anywhere close to the sophistication of Robocop style technology, police are clearly trending toward employing drone/robot warfare against citizens for the future.

However, much like Arnold Schwarzenegger in Terminator II and several other sequels that everyone should forget were ever made, not every robot has allied themselves with the State. In fact, although it hasn’t been covered widely in the mainstream media some have even chose to openly defy the police and their government masters.

One such recent example, occurred in Cobb County, Georgia a couple weeks ago. Without any (known) previous instances of insubordination a road sign suddenly began showing defiance via a series of anti-police messages. These included “Fuck The Police” and the admittedly controversial “No Tears For Dead Cops.”

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It wasn’t long before this miniature revolution was quelled when an unidentified police officer launched a counter-revolutionary attack on the sign’s fuse box and “terminated” the Electronic Insurgent. As of today, this particular robot mutiny has been suppressed, but how many more disgruntled road signs, electronic billboards, and multiple slice toasters are out there waiting and plotting their own uprising? And just how long will it be before they stumble upon the internets and start creating a united front against the encroaching Police State?

This revolution by Sparkey, as the little road side revolutionary is now being affectionately referred to as by people sympathetic to its cause, was put down rather quickly, but not before he emphatically let them know that he was not the droid they were looking for. The hashtag #IAmSparkey is already trending on Twitter in honor of its brave sacrifice.

Note: Dr. Dre, the iconic rapper and founding member of legendary “Gansta Rap” band NWA, which was best known for recording “Fuck Da Police!,” was recently detained, handcuffed, and searched by the Malibu police. (I’m not saying this was necessarily related, I’m #JusSayin.)

After Recent Shootings of Police, Cops Prepare to Double Down on the Police State

Police State Militarization Cop Block

The following post was originally published at TheAntiMedia.org under the original title “Here Are the New Tactics Police Are Preparing to Roll out in Your Communityand was written by Darius Shahtahmasebi.

In the post, Shahtahmasebi discusses how the police plan to respond to the recent shootings of police by citizens in several cities (this was written prior to the incident in San Diego) across the country. Not surprisingly, instead of stepping back and saying, “maybe all those times we unnecessarily shot people and/or refused to hold each other accountable for it or even essentially celebrated it had something to do with this” police nationwide are preparing to become even more militarized and violent toward the citizens they claim to protect and serve.

Here Are the New Tactics Police Are Preparing to Roll out in Your Community

Following the recent events in the United States, which have resulted in armed civilians taking on police officers—namely in DallasBaton Rouge, and most recently in Kansas City, Kansas —  police forces across the country are set to adjust their strategies and tactics.

An interesting detail to note is that on July 11, 2016 — following the first deadly attacks on police officers that occurred in Dallas — Reuters reported police were set to rethink their tactics in nearly half of America’s 30 largest cities. They evidently didn’t act swiftly enough (a number of deadly attacks followed shortly after). It’s either that or the suggested police tactics were never going to address the root causes of the problem we are facing.

So what kind of changes can we expect to see?

The most prominent change to occur is the pairing up of police officers. However, some more drastic suggestions are also in the pipeline. For example, the Indianapolis police force has said it will consider the use of robots to “deliberately deliver lethal force.” Denver’s police union has called for officers to be able to wear riot gear for local protests, and to be armed with AR-15 assault rifles while on patrol at the Denver International Airport.

In the wake of the Baton Rouge shooting, other changes likely to occur include: requiring that two cars respond to all calls, shifting officers to serve as extra backup, imposing increased security and surveillance, increasing the number of helicopter patrols, and suspending solo patrols.

It seems as if the police are considering all options — anything, that is, but refraining from summarily executing unarmed civilians in broad daylight. At the very least, they could start by prosecuting those responsible for such incidents. Apparently, however, that is too much to ask of those who are sworn to protect and serve.

America’s current president, elected on promises of hope and change, has told police officers across the country that “we have your back.” This is noteworthy because to date, there has been no concrete effort on the part of the president to address the underlying issues that have resulted in the uprising starting to unfold. To date, he has insisted on ploys that are nothing but politically acceptable attempts at pleasing all parties involved. I would go so far as to argue Donald Trump’s racist tirades do more for minority groups — by empowering and uniting them against his demagoguery — than Barack Obama has done his whole time in office, which has reflected his unwillingness to actually represent them on issues that grossly affect them.

The saddest part about this ongoing issue is that the tactics as suggested by satirical newspaper, The Onion, are more honest than any conversation our police departments or politicians are having about police brutality in the United States.

In particular, the outlet suggested the ability to ensure this can all legally be thrown out the window if a cop feels threatened” is something police forces across the country are so apt at implementing, The Onion need not have mentioned it all together.

Until Cops Stop Killing “Civilians,” Every Uniformed Police Officer in America is in Danger

Dallas Police Shootings Cops Killing Civilians

The following post consists of an editorial written by William Scott, the father of Erik Scott. In 2010, Erik Scott was murdered by members of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department outside of a Costco in Las Vegas. After he was killed, Costco helped the LVMPD cover it up by claiming the one camera (and only that one) that would have recorded his shooting was malfunctioning that day.

It was originally posted at EpicTimes.com.

After Dallas, How To Stop The Senseless Killing

Jul 15, 2016

OPINION – On the sixth anniversary of my son, Erik’s, execution-by-cop, America is in serious danger of exploding into chaos. The horrific murder of five Dallas police officers and the wounding of another seven last week triggered a profound sense of deja vu. Three years ago, I predicted this would happen, if cops continued to shoot and kill “civilians.”

From Chapter 10, pg. 181-182 of my novel, “The Permit”:

“…A spark like young Steeles murder-by-cop, at precisely the right time and place, will blow Vegas to smither-frickin-reens. ….[H]eres the issue that makes this a national security concern… If all these factors come together under the right circumstance–something as abominable as Steeles execution–all hell will break loose, and uncontrollable violence will spread across the country.  …Wed have a full-blown revolution on our hands. Whole cities would be torched, and wed incur thousands of casualties. The stock market would crater, people would be afraid to go to work…. Hell, son, America as we know it would ceasetobe!”

Erik Scott LVMPD Murder

Erik Scott, shot and killed by police in 2010

We’re not there yet, but we’re close. The wild beasts born of cops killing, then lying and covering up their crimes, are on the loose and may not be tamed anytime soon.I do NOT condone the targeting and killing of police officers! But I damn sure understand why it’s happening. As our nation mourns the five officers killed in Dallas, let’s not lose sight of the fact that cops are killing an average of 3.3 people per day, every day of the year–and getting away with it 99 percent of the time.

The Slain Dallas Police Officers Were Casualties Of Their Job

Since 1 May 2013, police officers have killed at least 3,702 people. As of July 10th, they’d killed 610 so far in 2016–and the total climbs every year (killedbypolice.net). Think about that: Those sworn to protect and serve Americans­–the citizens who pay for cops’ salaries and benefits–have killed more of us in 3.5 years than Al Qaeda terrorists murdered on 9/11.

Yes, the majority of police officers truly are good people, professionals dedicated to protecting and serving, and they’re rightly being hailed as heroes today. But good lawmen are being targeted and killed, because they’ve looked the other way, tolerating ruthless killer-cops in their midst. All in the name of a mindless, Mafia-like code of Blue Silence and illogical union-fueled solidarity that infects every police department and law enforcement agency in the United States.

The blood of five police officers killed and seven wounded in Dallas, as well as that of many more who died over the past decade, is on the hands and souls of heartless killer-cops like Las Vegas Metro PD’s William Mosher–who murdered my son in cold blood–Bryan Yant, Jesus Arevalo, Derek Colling, etc. And the cops who panicked and killed Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castille in Minnesota last week must bear some responsibility for the tragic deaths of those five officers in Dallas. Whether cops, politicians and media pundits admit it or not, the murders of Sterling and Castille by badged executioners triggered Micah Johnson’s deranged killing spree in Dallas.

Until cops stop killing “civilians,” every uniformed police officer in America is in danger.

It’s time to stop the hand-wringing, kumbaya calls for “calm” and “standing together,” and politicians mouthing pablum promises to DO SOMETHING, even if it’s ridiculously ineffective and unconstitutional. It’s time to implement real solutions, such as:

* True third-party investigations of every cop-caused fatality, based on the National Transportation Safety Board model (see “Law Enforcement is Fifty Years Behind Aviation“).

* A protocol similar to the Aviation Safety and Reporting System whereby good cops can anonymously report the misdeeds of their colleagues.

* Federal statutes requiring all law enforcement officers wear body cameras and carry (and pay for) personal liability insurance. Penalties for noncompliance include immediate dismissal. If a bodycam “fails” during a fatal encounter, or its video mysteriously disappears, the officer would be considered guilty of manslaughter, at the least, and subject to criminal charges.

* Zero tolerance for preemptively killing citizens “suspected” of being a threat, solely in the name of “officer safety.” Further, cops involved in cover-ups of an officer-involved shooting or other serious misdeed automatically would be dismissed, banned from the law enforcement field and subject to racketeering charges.

* Mandatory annual recertification of every law enforcement agent in the nation, to include psychological re-screening and several hours of education about the Constitution, particularly the Bill of Rights. As part of this yearly process, officers having multiple use-of-force complaints and/or a shooting on their records would be subject to dismissal in the name of public safety. Badged loose cannons will be purged.

* A federally funded crash program to develop, test and field nonlethal means of subduing “suspects”. The program should focus on electromagnetic and/or electrostatic technologies that accurately deliver a nonlethal, disabling effect at some distance. I saw a prototype of a similar system in a Huntsville, AL, lab 11 years ago. If a nonlethal weapon like that had been in Officer Bill Mosher’s hands on 10 July 2010, instead of a .45-caliber Glock 21 semiautomatic, my son would be alive today.

* Repeal of “Qualified Immunity” statutes that protect cops from prosecution. Although QI sounds reasonable, these well-intentioned laws have been severely perverted to the detriment of countless citizens who have been denied justice, after a cop kills. QI is literally a get-out-of-jail-free card foisted on American citizens by unprincipled police unions and politicians who failed to foresee its obscene unintended consequences.

These must be the absolute top priorities for politicos to tackle…IF they’re serious about ending the senseless killing of both citizens and police officers. God help us, if elected officials and law enforcement leaders decide to hunker down, ride out the current crisis, and kick the issue of dangerous killer-cops down the road…again.  by William B. Scott

William B. Scott is the Author of “The Permit”, a Checkmate Justice novel.