An investigation is underway into the circumstances behind the death of a man who was being taken into custody by Casper Police. Around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, officers were called to a home on Yucca Circle in response to a family fight call.
Investigators say while attempting to arrest a 47-year-old man at the scene, he resisted, but was eventually placed in handcuffs. At that time, officers noticed the man had stopped breathing and began efforts to resuscitate him. He later died at the hospital.
The Casper Police Department has requested the incident be investigated by the Wyoming Department of Criminal Investigation, which is standard with any in-custody. The officers involved in the call have been placed on paid administrative leave.
The man’s name, and other details about the incident have not been released.
The Casper Police Department is holding a press conference this morning, and we’ll provide more details as they become available.
I don’t know what this 47-year-old man did (which isn’t the same as what he was alleged to have done, as frivolous catch-all are often pointed at to justify harassment, so if the man resisted perhaps he was justified), but what I’m pretty certain of is that if someone wearing a badge would have lost their life, the name of the individual responsible would be shared in a press release and at a media conference and unquestioningly parroted by most media.
I’m not saying someone’s life is worth less because they wear a badge. I’m saying that no ones life is worth less than any other.
And recognize that the reason this is even a thought – that someone may have been killed when being handled by individuals who claim “immunity” for their actions. Who operate first and foremost to protect their institution (the thin blue line culture), as was shown in my attempted communication with Steve Schultz.
Feel free to make a call to inquire more. If you record your convo please do share via CopBlock.org/Submit so others can hear.
Casper Police Department
- Steve Schultz (hung-up on caller)
- Chris Walsh “chief”
- (307) 235-8225
On the homepage of the Casper PD it notes that the four core values of: Professionalism, Justice, Commitment, Leadership. Is that what we’re seeing thus far?