Many liberals hoped that body cameras on cops would show a mountain of evidence that police are inherently abusive, but a tape from one Cleveland officer’s camera showed the cop looking for a peaceful solution–even after being shot.
In the video, released on Wednesday by Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty, it shows Patrolman David Muniz being shot in the chest by a belligerent suspect. Luckily, the officer was protected by his ballistic vest.
During the face-to-face confrontation, Muniz told the suspect that he could drop the gun and work this out.
The police were called to the suspect’s home the night of March 11 after his wife went to the police station and said that the her husband had threatened to kill her and their landlord.
Police officers entered the suspect’s home where they received gun fire and ultimately cornered the 64-year old man. That’s when Muniz begged the man to put down his weapon so they can get him help.
“I know you shot me, but I’m not going to shoot you,” the officer told the suspect.
“Do what you do, man,” the suspect replied to Muniz.
“Put the gun down. We don’t want to kill you. Just drop the gun.”
“I wanna die,” the suspect said.
“No, you don’t want to die,” Muniz replied.
Seconds later the suspect raised his gun and the officers were forced to open fire.
A grand jury determined that the four officers were justified in using lethal force against the suspect.
McGinty praised the officer’s for showing “remarkable restraint” in a statement.
“These officers are commended for responding with courage and for heroically fulfilling their duty to protect the public,” the county prosecutor said.
No word yet from #BlackLivesMatter praising the police for doing their job and showing restraint instead of aggression.
Watch the full clips below:
(h/t The Blaze)