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Title: WATCH: Cop Kills Unarmed Navy Vet for Getting Out His ID — Not Charged
Source: Free Thought Project
URL Source: http://thefreethoughtproject.com/ca ... armed-vet/#lDakQR3pEWKZ13dd.99
Published: Apr 21, 2017
Author: Jack Burns
Post Date: 2017-04-21 10:19:12 by Deckard
Keywords: None
Views: 532
Comments: 18

Bell County, TX — The following graphic account of an officer-involved shooting from August 30, 2016, serves to illustrate the failures of modern-day policing, officer training, and complexities of demanding 100 percent compliance of the general population during a traffic stop.  From the just released dash camera footage of Bell County, Texas Sheriff’s Cpl. Shane Geers, one can see the officer was in pursuit of a small dark colored SUV, sirens blazing.

The man in the SUV was 59-year-old, Lyle P. Blanchard, a US Navy veteran. While it appears Geers was following a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed, the two vehicles weren’t going all that fast. Geers must have noticed an officer was following him, so he decided to pull over, as nearly all driver’s education courses teach us to do. That’s where the story begins, but it does not end that way for either man.

Blanchard seemed a bit antsy, some might even say jumpy. Not content to wait until the officer walked up to his window, the man who was nearly a senior citizen, opened his driver’s side car door. Still a bit uneasy apparently, Blanchard then exits his vehicle and faces Geers. He can be seen fidgeting with his back pocket before putting his hand inside his front pocket, in what seemed to be an attempt to retrieve his identification.

Geers saw something completely different. He must have seen a man reaching into his front pocket to retrieve a gun. And just like he was taught at the academy, supposedly, when confronted with a threat, one must stop the threat by firing one’s weapon into the torso of the aggressor. That’s just what Geers did. He opened fire on Blanchard who seemed to be a bit surprised he’d been shot. The middle-aged man turned away from the gunfire before falling down in a hail of gunfire. Just before he stopped moving, viewers can clearly see Blanchard expire, in one final relaxing of his muscles.

Almost immediately, it looks like Geers knew he’d killed a man and seemed to already be struggling with that fact. He even fell to his knees and looked to be praying. After walking over to the body, he checked to see if Blanchard had a pulse. In a word, Geers appeared angry, possibly angry that Blanchard did not comply 100 percent with his verbal commands, and potentially angry that he’d killed a man in the line of duty. When he couldn’t find a weapon, maybe he knew the situation had gone from bad to worse.

The fact of the matter is, Geers was trained to act in this exact manner. Police officers are trained to shoot when they perceive a threat or they fear their life is in danger — and they are trained to fear almost everything. After all, they have families to go home to, and no one will ever come between them returning home to their loved ones. And those training videos at many academies show real-world encounters with bad guys who are often successful in separating officers and their families in an act of rage.

In a previous interview with The Free Thought Project, whistleblower cop Alex Salazar gives important insight into the training, specifically use of deadly force simulations, and how they are designed to instill this fear:

“THESE SCENARIOS ARE DESIGNED TO MAKE ANY PERSON FAIL AND TO CAUSE THEM TO BELIEVE THERE ARE NO OTHER OPTIONS. 

THE PROFESSION OF LAW ENFORCEMENT IS DIFFICULT AT TIMES, BUT THE EXCESSIVE BRAINWASHING ON A DAILY BASIS TAKING PLACE, THAT YOU MAY DIE, IS TOO EXTREME AND GIVES MANY THE BELIEF IT IS OK TO USE DEADLY FORCE. IN MANY OF THESE SITUATIONS, TAMIR RICE OR ANDY LOPEZ COMES TO MIND, THESE OFFICER’S JUST WANTED TO PLAIN SHOOT AND KILL.”

Salazar went on to say,

“IT’S A BRAINWASHING MECHANISM TO GET YOU OVER TO THEIR SIDE, TO START THINKING ABOUT KILLING. IN WHAT THEY CALL THE ‘FATS SIMULATOR’ (FIREARMS AND TRAINING SIMULATOR), YOU ARE AUTOMATICALLY DESIGNED TO DIE… YES IT’S A GAME AND USEFUL FOR TRAINING. BUT they’re PRE-DESIGNED SCENARIOS, WHICH ARE PSYCHOLOGICALLY MADE TO MAKE YOU THINK AND PERCEIVE THINGS DIFFERENTLY. IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH TRAINING. EVERY RECRUIT, I DON’T CARE IF THEY’RE AN EX-BADASS NAVY SEAL… EVERYONE DIES.

The reality is that Geers was following standard operating procedure and will likely not see one day in prison. Blanchard’s death is symbolic of the social injustices which exist in modern day policing.

Now, two lives are devastated by the shooting which could have been avoided had Geers allowed Blanchard to retrieve whatever it is he had in his pocket. But that would not be standard operating procedure. Police officers all across America’s law enforcement officers must understand that adults and children will likely never be 100 percent compliant with officer commands so something has to give. Geers shot too soon, and shot before learning what real threats he was facing.

Geers was cleared of any criminal wrongdoing in February, yet the question still remains. Was the shooting justified?

 


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Gee whiz, someone who is intent on shooting a cop would have the gun in his hand when he exited his vehicle.

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#1. To: Deckard (#0)

We lived for 1000 years in Western society without police forces.

We can live without them again.

Maybe we should.

Vicomte13  posted on  2017-04-21   10:35:10 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#2. To: Deckard (#0)

The civilian was yelling something we can't hear because of the siren.

Blanchard, a US Navy veteran.

Oh, then it's wrong because no Navy veteran has ever shot at a cop?

the man who was nearly a senior citizen

Yeah, and if my aunt had balls, she'd be my uncle. Well, maybe. With all the genderish idiocy, maybe that's no longer true.

But senior citizens have been known to open fire on cops.

When you're stopped by the cops, you're supposed to stay in your vehicle and keep your hands visible at all times.

Texas cops are a little more jumpy than elsewhere due to how heavily armed Texans are. This case is part of the price you pay for having such a widely armed citizenry. Cops are going to be more ready to shoot because they know so many people they are stopping or arresting are armed and could shoot them.

Tooconservative  posted on  2017-04-21   10:37:44 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#3. To: Tooconservative (#2)

The civilian was yelling something we can't hear because of the siren.

"Don't shoot - I'm getting out my I.D."

“Truth is treason in the empire of lies.” - Ron Paul

Those who most loudly denounce Fake News are typically those most aggressively disseminating it.

Deckard  posted on  2017-04-21   10:48:19 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#4. To: Deckard (#3)

"Don't shoot - I'm getting out my I.D."

Looking at the video, I don't see that matching up to his lip movements.

Are you sure he wasn't screaming "Death to the pigs"?

Tooconservative  posted on  2017-04-21   10:58:46 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#5. To: Deckard (#0) (Edited)

… a US Navy veteran.

, …the man who was nearly a senior citizen

OMG….such drama.

All the author needed to even further channel the emotional appeal, was to post a
picture of his grand children waiting for “Paw Paw” to come home with the ice cream.

And add this as background music to the video …

Gatlin  posted on  2017-04-21   11:15:33 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#6. To: Deckard (#0)

"Geers must have noticed an officer was following him, so he decided to pull over ..."

That's one way to say it.

Another would be that the officer attempted to pull over Blanchard’s vehicle after noticing the vehicle being driven erratically. The driver refused to pull over and the pursuit lasted roughly a mile and terminated on a private drive that led to Blanchard’s residence. Two tests revealed that Blanchard had ethanol, or alcohol, in his system at the time of the shooting.

"He must have seen a man reaching into his front pocket to retrieve a gun."

I did. And it sure didn't help that he refused to respond to verbal commands after he stopped his vehicle and that he shouted obscenities at the deputy through his open driver’s-side window.

The deputy "continued to loudly and clearly instruct him to show me his hands, as they were both not visible. Instead of complying, the driver yelled other obscenities at me during my approach.”

misterwhite  posted on  2017-04-21   12:01:58 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#7. To: Vicomte13 (#1)

We lived for 1000 years in Western society without police forces.

We can live without them again.

Maybe we should.

The whole point of traffic stops for infractions is to increase public safety. So if traffic stops themselves become a detriment to public safety, both for the police as well as civilians, it's certainly time for a reevaluation.

Pinguinite  posted on  2017-04-21   13:03:04 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#8. To: Tooconservative (#2)

When you're stopped by the cops, you're supposed to stay in your vehicle and keep your hands visible at all times.

And why is this so? Because cops are in constant fear for their lives. And that is a reality that the man who was killed in this video was not cognizant of. While roadside encounters are generally safe for everyone, cops are an exception, rightly or wrongly.

Texas cops are a little more jumpy than elsewhere due to how heavily armed Texans are. This case is part of the price you pay for having such a widely armed citizenry. Cops are going to be more ready to shoot because they know so many people they are stopping or arresting are armed and could shoot them.

In which case....

The public needs to be made aware of this reality. High school students should have classes teaching them about how to behave safely around the police officers. They need to be taught that police officers will shoot them quite literally at the drop of a hat. They need to be shown some of these police training videos so they *know* not to do things that they would ordinarily do around other people without thinking.

I'm sure police advocates would object to students being taught that police need to be treated differently from other people, and to that I say: "tough shit". Because the choice is clear. Either prosecute cops for shooting unarmed, innocent people and stop letting them off the hook because they claim to have shot out of fear for their lives, OR, if that is undesired, get behind a public education program that teaches people that cops can kill you if you give them any reason to think you are a danger to them.

Those are the choices. Pick one. And if it's the education program, then we should forget about thinking of police as advocates of public safety who are always there "to serve and protect" and start thinking of them as they think of those whom they stop. Potentially hostile and dangerous, and certainly armed.

Pinguinite  posted on  2017-04-21   13:19:07 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#9. To: Gatlin (#5)

And he likes walks on the beach, travel and puppies.

And drinking and driving while listening to:

misterwhite  posted on  2017-04-21   13:36:33 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#10. To: Pinguinite (#8)

And why is this so? Because cops are in constant fear for their lives. And that is a reality that the man who was killed in this video was not cognizant of. While roadside encounters are generally safe for everyone, cops are an exception, rightly or wrongly.

Sounds like he had been drinking but they haven't released his blood alcohol level. So he was speeding and likely driving under the influence. And something about him in the video makes that ring true.

The deputy who shot him was no peach either. He was a jail guard in some rural burg, took some training at a cop shop, got a job as a small-town cop and had more recently been hired as a deputy. So he wasn't exactly at the top of the job pool (or gene pool IMO).

Kind of a wrong-guy-meets-wrong-cop story. And in a country of 350M, you are going to always get these kinds of stories, just from the sheer numbers involved because there are probably 200,000 dilrod Koward Kops and 20 million Doofus Citizens for them to shoot at.

Not that that is any reason why we should just excuse anything from the cops. There is plenty of bad cop behavior that needs scrutiny. And harsh prosecution. I just don't see this case as one of them.

Tooconservative  posted on  2017-04-21   13:45:20 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#11. To: Pinguinite (#8)

And if it's the education program, then we should forget about thinking of police as advocates of public safety who are always there "to serve and protect" and start thinking of them as they think of those whom they stop. Potentially hostile and dangerous, and certainly armed.

That is already how I have come to look at them.

I used to see them as allies, and be pleased to see them around.

Now I see them as PTSD-afflicted war veterans who might shoot me or my family at the drop of a hat, humiliate or disgrace us.

I look at the police now the same way that the French looked at German soldiers on leave in Paris in 1941. A powerful, occupying "other" that I have to live with, but that I do not wish well.

I'm not fighting them. My taxes are paying for them. I'll call them if I have to - because I pay their salaries, and I'm not allowed to protect myself in any effective way. But I don't trust them. I don't like them. I won't socialize with them. They are an occupying hostile force that I have to obey and deal with, and that I avoid wherever and whenever I can, because they are dangerous men.

If I were a politician, I would pretend to be their ally, but once I got power I would gut their funding and expose them to personal liability.

The problem is that if you're honest and say that during the election, they might kill you or Trump up charges against you. So, just as they can lie to get you, if I were a politician I would lie in order to get the power to then cut off the head of the snake and bring the cops down to size - rapidly.

I would not give them the time to regroup and come after me, because they would.

But I'm not a politician, and so I won't be doing anything other than paying my taxes and watching out for them and avoiding them.

They have lost my esteem, but there are other things I want to do with my life than go and tilt at windmills, and trying to bring the cops to heel is one of those windmills.

Cops who are overly aggressive, who abuse and shoot people, will be thrown into Hell at final judgment. They'll get theirs. I'm content to let God handle them, because I don't have the power to address it.

Vicomte13  posted on  2017-04-21   14:08:46 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#12. To: Deckard (#0)

Blanchard seemed a bit antsy, some might even say jumpy.
Not content to wait until the officer walked up to his window,
opened his driver’s side car door.
That was Blanchard’s second mistake.

His first mistake was not obeying the law by speeding.

… the man who was nearly a senior citizen,
That was the author’s second mistake….being “nearly a senior citizen” has no relevance to the situation.

The author’s first mistake was writing and publishing a article with so much ridiculous spin and unnecessary gross sympathetic appeal.

Gatlin  posted on  2017-04-21   16:51:52 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#13. To: Deckard (#12)

Still a bit uneasy apparently, Blanchard then exits his vehicle and faces Geers. He can be seen fidgeting with his back pocket before putting his hand inside his front pocket, in what seemed to be an attempt to retrieve his identification.
That was his fatal mistake,….not keeping his hands where the officer could clearly see them at all times.

Gatlin  posted on  2017-04-21   16:55:39 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#14. To: Deckard (#13)

Geers saw something completely different. He must have seen a man reaching into his front pocket to retrieve a gun. And just like he was taught at the academy, supposedly, when confronted with a threat, one must stop the threat by firing one’s weapon into the torso of the aggressor. That’s just what Geers did. He opened fire on Blanchard who seemed to be a bit surprised he’d been shot. The middle-aged man turned away from the gunfire before falling down in a hail of gunfire. Just before he stopped moving, viewers can clearly see Blanchard expire, in one final relaxing of his muscles.

I’m okay with this …

Gatlin  posted on  2017-04-21   16:59:05 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#15. To: All (#14)

The fact of the matter is, Geers was trained to act in this exact manner. Police officers are trained to shoot when they perceive a threat or they fear their life is in danger —
That’s true….absolutely true.

And as it should be …

Gatlin  posted on  2017-04-21   17:09:21 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#16. To: Deckard (#15)

The reality is that Geers was following standard operating procedure and will likely not see one day in prison. Blanchard’s death is symbolic of the social injustices which exist in modern day policing.
Naturally, Geers will not see one day in prison…lt is not even a consideration in the situation here.

Blanchard’s death is symbolic of the stupidity which exists in the minds of some people. Of course, you know all about that Deckard….you are a living testimonial for this.

Gatlin  posted on  2017-04-21   17:10:39 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#17. To: Deckard (#16)

Now, two lives are devastated by the shooting which could have been avoided had Geers allowed Blanchard to retrieve whatever it is he had in his pocket.
Wrong! Now, two lives would not have been devastated by the shooting had Blanchard not acted stupidly and fidgeted to continually reach in his pockets for an unknown object….which has too often been proven to be a gun, as happened in past cases.

Gatlin  posted on  2017-04-21   17:16:21 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#18. To: Deckard (#17)

Geers was cleared of any criminal wrongdoing in February, yet the question still remains. Was the shooting justified?
The action that cleared Geers was correct.

The action was unfortunate, but it was justified.

That’s the traumatic and dramatic end of this story.

I will now be open to entertain questions and review comments …

Gatlin  posted on  2017-04-21   17:23:20 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


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