August 6, 2012

How a Police Dash-Cam Can Save an Officer's Ass Against Ignorant Citizens (VIDEO)

by MsUnderestimated — Categories: VideoLeave a comment

Or, alternate title: “Hey dumbass citizen…shut your pie-hole unless you were there for the whole thing.”

This story comes out of Post Falls, Idaho, about an officer-involved shooting of a perp after a high-speed pursuit. The officers involved were cleared of any wrong-doing, and the shooting was deemed justified. From ‘The Spokesman Review:’

Two Post Falls police officers and and Idaho State Police corporal were justified when they shot a fugitive to death in March during a chase that ended in a cul-de-sac in Hayden, authorities concluded this week.

Video from a police cruiser’s dashboard camera released Friday shows Justin Earl Nicholas Todd, 33, strike Idaho State Police Cpl. Michael Thomas Keys with a car before Keys and Post Falls police Officers Aaron Ogle and Bradley Johnson opened fire.

Todd, who died at the scene, was shot 10 times. Johnson fired 16 shots, Ogle fired one and Keys three.

Bonner County Prosecutor Louis Marshall concluded this week that no criminal charges will be filed because the officers’ use of force was lawful.

Here’s the combined-agency video that was released showing the pursuit and shooting:

Now, why I do say the video saved the officer’s ass? A local douchebag citizen, whose personal home security camera happened to capture a sliver of the action, felt it necessary to comment to the local media:

The video released Friday includes footage from several cameras. One of those cameras is part of a surveillance system at the home of Troy Evans, who lives just in front of where the chase ended. Evans was highly critical of the shooting and said police were lying about what happened.

He posted a copy of the video to YouTube and authored a guest column critical of the shooting that was published in the Coeur d’Alene Press. He told The Spokesman-Review he believes the officers concocted a story about Todd striking Keys with his car to try to cover an unjustified shooting.

Message to Mr. Evans: WTF do you think you’re talking about? Did you even watch the full video that was released from the agencies before you wrote your dumbass opinion piece to the SERIOUSLY? You are the reason why so many cops who have retired or left the job are happy they are no longer in it. It’s fools like you who don’t know what you’re talking about that cause good people to go through hell because they’re guilty until they prove themselves innocent. In this case, luckily the tape exonerates both officers…specifically Idaho State Police Cpl. Michael Thomas Keys, who WAS struck by the car of the thankfully now-deceased perp, Justin Earl Nicholas Todd. Cpl. Keys took what measures were necessary, according to all his training and the oath he took, to save his own life as well as the lives of others.

Oh, Mr. Evans…in case you didn’t bother to sit and watch the entire video released from the cruiser dash-cams, please allow me to show you a few frames from the exact time in which you state Keys was not struck by Todd’s vehicle.

Keys Hit

Keys Hit 2

Keys Hit 3

Keys Hit 4

So, Mr. Evans… how exactly did Keys get away with “lying” by saying he wasn’t hit by Todd’s vehicle?

Again, according to your opinion piece:

Reports claim the State Trooper involved was struck by the perpetrator’s vehicle with will and intent to do bodily harm. From our (camera’s) perspective the suspect’s vehicle entered the cul de sac, and upon braking the car’s tires lost traction on the icy pavement and skidded into the neighbor’s road-side grass swale. At this point the fleeing suspect was trapped in a dead end cul de sac and the car’s front end was in a shallow ditch. The ISP vehicle arrived on scene after the first Post Falls police officer had parked and was exiting his vehicle. The Nissan was in reverse and moving backward out of the swale before the ISP officer parked and was able to exit his vehicle.

If you watch the video in the seconds prior to the car striking Keys, the perp’s car was backing out of your driveway at a very high rate of speed, and when it begins to straighten out, the passenger door flies open. Keys is in the foreground of the video, but there’s another officer on the driver’s side of the street. Todd possibly struck him, too, but I couldn’t tell because of the angle of the dash-cams. How does Keys know what’s about to come out of the now-open passenger door? He doesn’t. That’s why all actions he took from that point foward (and many even before that) were justified. You, sir, are a Monday-morning, armchair quarterback, and you don’t even know the RULES of the game, much less how to play it.

Please, Mr. Evans, whatever it is that you do for a living, I urge you to keep that “day job.” You have no clue of which you speak regarding law enforcement matters. It’s very clear from your op-ed you have an axe to grind. Now go away and let the professionals handle their business the way they know how.

Oh and the most hilarious thing about your op-ed? Your final observation:

And lastly, but most intriguing to (us) is … Justin Todd died with his foot on the brake pedal.

Where else, sir, would you expect to find Todd’s foot in relation to the floor pedals of his car? He’s speeding out of a driveway, after coming out of a hard reverse, popping forward and directly into a law enforcement officer with sale viagra his weapon drawn. I suppose you would have died with your foot up your own ass. Something needs to keep your head company, after all.

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