The Weirton, West Virginia, police force just did the UNTHINKABLE. They fired a police officer for FAILING TO SHOOT a Black man during a domestic incident.
Here is how the incident was reported in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
After responding to a report of a domestic incident on May 6 in Weirton, W.Va., then-Weirton police officer Stephen Mader found himself confronting an armed man.
Immediately, the training he had undergone as a Marine to look at “the whole person” in deciding if someone was a terrorist, as well as his situational police academy training, kicked in, and he did not shoot.
“I saw then he had a gun, but it was not pointed at me,” Mr. Mader recalled, noting the silver handgun was in the man’s right hand, hanging at his side and pointed at the ground.
Mr. Mader, who was standing behind Mr. Williams’ car parked on the street, said he then “began to use my 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 deescalate it. I knew it was a suicide-by-cop” situation.
If you thought this was the END OF THE STORY, you'd be wrong. You see two more cops showed up, and quickly shot Williams dead.
As it turns out, Williams’ gun wasn’t loaded. There’s no way any of the police officers could have known that. But it does show that Mader had read Williams correctly — he wasn’t actually a threat to anyone but himself. His life could have been saved.
Instead of dealing with the issues, the department FIRED officer Mader instead. They gave some EXCUSE WHY . . . but we all know WHY they did it.