Albuquerque Police Department has got to be one of the worst in America.
In December, 2013, the Albuquerque cops shot and badly wounded Shane Sherrill near Wyoming Boulevard and Indian School Road. The cops were responding to a domestic violence call and shot Shane Sherrill because they thought he carried a knife. The knife turned out to be a brake pad.
Shane Sherrill survived being shot, but suffered extensive injuries to his legs, and as is typical of victims of police brutality in North America, was falsely accused and charged with assaulting a police officer. This is a typical course of action as pressing charges against an individual forces them into a defensive position that drains them mentally and financially, leaving them with little resources to receive justice.
For months Shane Sherrill and his attorney tried to obtain bodycam and dashcam videos, but the department refused to provide them, claiming they are tied to an internal investigation.
The police were responding to a domestic violence call from a woman claiming Shane Sherrill was hitting her car with his backpack. Yes – hitting her car with his backpack.
Cop apologists from all over America justify gunning the unarmed man down with claims that Shane Sherrill had allegedly previously admitted he wanted suicide by cop, and that he previous criminal records for domestic violence, property crimes and failure to appear.
What they fail to ask themselves is this: would any of them, as civilians, be legally clear to have shot this man? If the answer is no, then why the police officer, who’s supposed to be more trained to handle such situations, is clear?
A man holding a knife at 40 yards away, is not the same threat to the officer as a man holding a gun. If the cops were too far away to safely identify the object the man was carrying, that should be the reason alone to hold fire. To shoot first and see what he was holding after is at best attempted murder.