Mesa, Arizona police officer Philip Brailsford was one of a six-member SWAT team responding to a report by someone who reported seeing, through the window of a La Quinta hotel room, Daniel Shaver of Granbury, Texas brandishing a rifle.
Actually, Daniel and a woman guest were sharing an alcoholic beverage as he showed a couple of lawful airguns.
For more details view below a video of the death of an unarmed citizen at the hands of officer Philip Brailsford.
Also, read this commentary by Texas Peace Officer Vinson Ousley: Commentary: I’m a law enforcement officer. What happened to Daniel Shaver was a crime.
The death of Daniel Shaver was a gross miscarriage of justice, a crime.
While chairman of our local housing authority a minor problem with a fire alarm system in our four-story apartment building. It was simply a loss of signal to the fire department but otherwise fully functional.
The fire department people insisted we replace our old system with a $60,000 + digital system. I asked an official of the department why he wanted this very costly item. He said he wanted to know that it’s safe for his firefighters to enter the building.
Initially angry, I was able to contain my emotions until after hanging up the phone. Immediately, I related the conversation to my wife. My emotions were high, to the point of tears. I asked, “When those New York firemen rushed into the World Trade Center, did they ask anyone if it was going to be safe?”
(PS – I was able to get the old fire alarm system repaired for $3,500, including a spare part.)
I see police officers in two camps: Peace officers and law enforcement officers. Mesa police officer Philip Brailsford falls into the latter camp.
The Unanimous Declaration of Independence embodies the principles, the foundation, upon which our framework of governance, the Constitution, rests.
Let’s focus on the second paragraph of that Declaration:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…“
The foremost constitutional duty, job number one, of all police officers is to “secure these rights”; the Right to Life heads the list. The Mesa SWAT team miserably failed Daniel Shaver.
Peace officers understand their duty to secure the rights of all whom they encounter.