2 years, 8 months ago
Here is the report and the video is below. You don’t need much from the report except that the driver was found incoherent and staring blankly. Now watch the video.
This actually isn’t all that uncommon. I would bet a dollar to a hole in a doughnut that this man was suffering from hypoglycemic shock. I saw it on Highway 485 near where I live. He probably feels terrible about it, although he also probably needs to get better about heeding the warning signs and preparing a plan (like pull over).
Now for the cops. Despite the excuse, the cop wasn’t holstering his gun, and according to what I saw on the video, he had no intentions of doing so. It happens so often that I hate to bring it up again, but recall the sympathetic muscle reflex (by the cop) in which Mr. Eurie Stamps perished, and recall what we discussed about tactical lights on weapons. Keep your finger off the trigger and it won’t shoot. It’s so simple but so many shooters ignore the basic rules.
In this case, he is obviously right-handed, and placed his service weapon in his left hand to work his baton. When finished, he exchanged his service weapon back to his right hand (which was then in the mode of clutching his baton), with no trigger discipline, and bingo, a negligent discharge.
It’s good that no one died in this encounter. Besides, bashing in windows like they did is very dangerous for the motorist. It would have been better if they had used something like a slim jim or window punch. They looked like they went a little crazy to me, and the sad fact is that it wasn’t necessary and they accomplished absolutely nothing by their actions.