Cops Shoot Victim, Kill Good Samaritan, Arrest Suspect

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As it turns out, police are not the indiscriminate murderers some of us make them out to be. They are actually very careful to treat their own kind with a certain level of dignity and respect. As was the case in West Hollywood earlier this week, when the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department gunned down John Winkler, a 30 year old production assistant for the Comedy Central show Tosh.0.

Of course, it wasn’t John Winkler they treated with respect. It was the knife wielding attacker, who they had far more in common with.

On April 7th, Winkler went to his neighbors Santa Monica Boulevard apartment after hearing screams. His neighbors were being held hostage by a man with a knife, and Winkler was attempting to help, according to Winkler’s friend Devin Richardson.

CBS Photo from Scene of John Winkler's Shooting

Simultaneously, deputies were responding to a call about an assailant with a knife inside one of the units. Upon their arrival, they were told by a witness that there were two men in the apartment and that the assailant was a thin white man wearing a black shirt. As the deputies approached the door of the apartment, they announced themselves, and shortly after, two men came bursting through the door. One, bleeding profusely from the neck, and behind him, a thin white male in a black shirt.

Deputies opened fire, striking both the bleeding victim, and said thin white male, who turned out to be Winkler – not the attacker. It seems the officers had thought they had done a fine job, standing over the young producers corpse, before they heard “sounds of a fight coming from inside the apartment.” Investigating those sounds, they entered the apartment to find Alexander McDonald choking a third victim. This seemed like a fine time to holster their weapons, and take McDonald into custody, and charge him with the murder they had just committed.


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Christopher Cantwell

Christopher Cantwell is an activist, writer, and satirist originally from New York now living in New Hampshire.