Police Accountability Report: Episode 95 – LRN.fm
This week, a couple stories that should cause anyone critically thinking to see that those wearing badges aren’t always operating with the best intentions.
Texas Father Tasered by Police While Trying to Save Son in Fire
A father was tazed by San Antonio police while trying to save his infant son from a house fire.
The incident occurred at around 2:30 AM Sunday June 2nd, during a house fire in the one hundred block of Morningview Drive.
Investigators said the parents of the eight-month-old boy had dropped off their children at their grandparents’ house. Somehow, a fire got started inside the home shortly thereafter.
The grandparents managed to grab one boy and rush to safety. That’s when they realized one boy was still trapped inside.
The grandmother tried to save the boy, but couldn’t.
“I busted this door in, and couldn’t get through to save my grand baby, but if I would have got him, I would have gave my life for him,” grandmother Barbara Miller said.
Emergency crews and the children’s parents arrived on the scene at around that time.
The boy’s father tried several times to enter the burning home, but police held him back and ended up tazing him. SAPD said it was for his own safety.
The police officers should have kept their hands off of the father, who has every right to endanger his own life in an attempt to save the life of his son.
If the man went in the house, it is possible that he could have died. It is also possible that the man could have saved his son if he were not prevented from entering the burning home.
Individuals ought to be free to make their own choices without forceful interference.
San Antonio Police claim that Odell Wallace was tazed for his own safety, but what isn’t mentioned is that there are things worth risking one’s safety or one’s life over – and a child is probably the best example of one of those things.
Either way, it was Wallace’s choice to make, not a San Antonio Police Officer’s.
The infant died from injuries sustained during the blaze.
Arson is under investigation. Police said the stories just don’t add up.
No criminal charges have been filed.
DeLand Police Officer Fired After Running Over, Killing Man
In other news, DeLand police officer J.P. Harris, who investigators say ran over and killed a 38-year-old man in May, has been fired.
On May 8th, law enforcement officers tried to pull over Marlon Brown for not wearing a seatbelt. Investigators say a chase ensued, and Brown jumped out of his car and ran away.
As Harris arrived on scene, he drove more than 100 feet off the road through a backyard fence and ran over and killed Brown, troopers said.
It’s not known why Brown fled police, but he was allegedly driving with a suspended license.
Florida Highway Patrol is still investigating the accident.
Krystal Brown, Marlon’s ex-wife and the mother of his two children, has been demanding that Harris be held accountable.
“It’s the first step of course. We’re looking for a lot more to be done,” Brown said. “We actually want charges. Just a termination is not good enough … but it’s a start.”
That’s this week’s Police Accountability Report brought to you by CopBlock.org.
I hope you’ll take a moment to consider just what it is that you are paying for via taxation – and speak out against the violence.
Until next week, stay safe and remember that badges don’t grant extra rights.