SHERIFF LAUGHS AFTER DEPUTIES KILL UNARMED WHITE MAN
Remember last year when Sheriff’s deputies in Tennessee shot and killed an unarmed man? Me neither and that’s because the guy was white. Had he been black it would have been big news, but you know how it goes. This is only making the news now because the Sheriff who ordered the killing was caught on body cam laughing about this unnecessary police shooting.
Last April White County, TN sheriff’s deputies attempted to pull over Michael Dial for driving on a suspended license. Driving his pick-up and pulling a trailer, Dial led the deputies on a low-speed chase that never endangered anyone. Eventually deputies rammed the truck, running it off the road. Two deputies immediately opened fire on Dial, striking him in the head and killing him. Despite finding no weapon at the scene, this shooting was ruled justified.
Dial’s widow is suing White County, the Sheriff, and the deputies who fired for wrongful death. She has a pretty good case because of this as reported by NewsChannel 5. Following the shooting, Sheriff Shoupe was caught on a deputy’s body cam saying some pretty horrible things. Dial’s lawsuit focuses on what the sheriff said after the shooting to another deputy, on that body camera they didn’t know was on.
Sheriff Shoupe: “I told em, I said take him out.”
Deputy: “I heard.”
Sheriff Shoupe: “Da, I don’t give a sh.”
Deputy: “It wasn’t long after that I heard ‘shots fired.'”
The lawsuit claims Sheriff Shoupe “preferred to shoot and kill Mr. Dial rather than risk damaging his patrol cars.”
Sheriff Shoupe: “They said ‘we’re ramming him.’ I said, ‘Don’t ram him shoot him.’ Fu that sh. Ain’t gonna tear up my cars.”
“If they don’t think I’ll give the da order to kill that motherfu they’re full of sh. (Laughter) Take him out. I’m here on the da wrong end of the county,” Shoupe said on the body camera.
He seemed upset he was not there when the shooting happened.
“I love this sh**. God I tell you what, I thrive on it.”
The district attorney said he ruled this shooting justified because…
District Attorney Dunaway put out a new release after the shooting — but before he had seen the sheriff’s comments on the body camera that stated in part: “Dial’s truck drove down an embankment on the right side of Highway 111 and then began to drive back up to the grass hill toward the highway and toward the [deputy’s] vehicle.” It concludes, “It is clear from the circumstances that Mr. Dial was a dangerous and unstable subject” who posed a risk to law enforcement and to other citizens.
If you watch the video however, right after the law enforcement rams Dial’s truck, one of the deputies keeps yelling “shots fired!” You can’t really hear the shots on the video, but it seems obvious that deputies shot Dial when he was still on the road and not because he was driving into officers, something he never does in the video. Taking everything together, this would be outrageous to liberals if Dial had been a black man. The Sheriff ordered his deputies to kill this man when it was nothing but a slow-speed pursuit. Deputies instantly opened fired on this man without seeing a weapon or giving him a chance to surrender. This man was unarmed. It turns out the justice system really is racist.