Fearing for their lives, California deputiesopened fire on a man who wasrecording them with a cell phone from the garage of his home, claiming they thought it was a gun.
Sacramento County sheriff’s deputies then searched the man’s home, finding no guns, before they apologized and went on their way.
Fortunately, Danny Sanchez survived the shooting, ending up with only bullet fragments in his legs. And although deputies apologized to Sanchez,
they are pretty much unapologetic for their actions because, you know, officer safety.
The incident took place in Rancho Cordova as Sacramento County deputies were arresting Sanchez’s next-door neighbor after a two-hour standoff.
Let’s not forget that the only person accused of a crime in that situation was Ledford, whom they were already taking into custody when they shot Sanchez.
Gosh, is there anything that the cops AREN’T afraid of? I mean, rly, they only saw a damn CELL PHONE and started shooting… How are they meant to protect, if they’re getting feared so easily?
The problem is that cops aren’t held accountable for their actions, and they know it. These officers violate rights with impunity. They know there’s a different criminal justice system for civilians and police. Even when officers get caught, they know they’ll be investigated by their friends, and put on paid leave. My colleagues would laughingly refer to this as a free vacation. It isn’t a punishment. And excessive force is almost always deemed acceptable in our courts and among our grand juries.— former cop Redditt Hudson, “ The Washington Post