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  1. #16
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kip View Post
    IMO, police officers aren't paid a premium for the risk they take. The average police officer's salary is $54K. The average plumber's salary is $46K. The average librarian salary is $56K. The average computer programmer salary is $60K. The average teacher salary is $47K (teachers in some districts deserve combat pay, imo). The average physical therapist salary is $79K.

    I'm not disputing the facts about the shooting, but imo police officers aren't paid enough to compensate them for the risks they face. I can't imagine the stress of knowing that even a routine traffic stop can turn deadly fast.
    Thank you for this. My brother in a Lieutenant in a Sheriff's Department in my state and his salary is somewhere around the $47,000, hardly a "premium" salary especially for the risks he faces everyday.

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    This is an incredibly sad and emotion-filled local story. I also suggest a read of the police report for details. It changed my mind about this case and what was first reported.

    I don't think police officers here are required to have a degree, but I am not certain. I'd be surprised if they were, I guess.

    So sorry for those who knew and loved you, Mr. Shaver.
    "A word after a word after a word is power."
    ~Margaret Atwood~

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    Over 130 pages of police notes here.

    http://lmgcorporate.com/phxdigital/n...ePaperwork.pdf

    This is all very sad. I feel that after reading this, I understood what happened. I believe it was a combination of fear/panic on everyone's part, complicated instructions and alcohol. Come out of the room, cross your legs, go to your knees, like down, crawl, keep your hands up, make one false move and you are dead...etc, etc, etc. Very sad.

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    Philip Brailsford update: Proposed trial date and other case particulars set

    Court records show that the proposed trial date for the case to begin is May 9, 2017. The trial is expected to last two weeks and about 20 witnesses are expected to testify.
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    Brailsford stands accused of shooting an unarmed man, Daniel Shaver, at a Mesa hotel. He has pleaded not guilty in the second-degree murder case, and Mesa has fired him from the force. According to court documents, the state has offered Brailsford an offer to plead guilty to 'negligent homicide, non-dangerous', which he declined. No additional plea negotiations are expected.

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    Trial set for ex-Mesa officer charged in shooting death of unarmed man at hotel

    http://www.abc15.com/news/region-sou...d-man-at-hotel

    An Oct. 23 trial has been set for a former police officer charged with murder in the shooting death of an unarmed man at a Mesa hotel.

    Former Mesa Officer Philip Brailsford, 26, has pleaded not guilty to the murder charge in the January 2016 death of Daniel Shaver.

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    wrong thread! Sorry.

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    Profane etching on gun inadmissible in ex-Mesa officer's murder trial

    http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/...ial/648709001/

    A Mesa Police Department internal report found that the words “You’re f--ked” were inscribed on the on the dust cover of the AR-15 patrol rifle Philip “Mitch” Brailsford used to shoot 26-year-old Daniel Shaver.

    State prosecutors argued that the words were a testament to Brailsford’s mindset at the time of the incident, but Maricopa County Superior Court Judge George Foster found the evidence “totally prejudicial” and ruled it inadmissible.

    Foster said although the inscription may have violated department policy, the issue was ancillary.

    What mattered, Foster said, was “in those eight to nine minutes, were the actions of the defendant reasonable under the circumstances?”

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    Jury selection starts in former Mesa police officer's murder trial

    http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/...ged/777933001/

    Jury selection began Wednesday in the murder trial of a former Mesa police officer who shot and killed an unarmed Texas man after responding to a call at a hotel in 2016.

    Philip "Mitch" Brailsford, 26, is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting of Daniel Shaver who was staying at a Mesa La Quinta Inn for work.

    The trial, being held in Maricopa County Superior Court, is expected to last 16 days.

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    Jury sees body-cam video of ex-Mesa officer shooting unarmed man

    During her opening statement on Thursday, Deputy Maricopa County Attorney Susie Charbel showed the Superior Court jury a few minutes of the 18-minute video that depicts the killing.

    “The state will show the defendant wasn't acting like a reasonable officer, he was acting like a killer,” Charbel said.

    But Brailsford's lawyer, Michael Piccarreta said the officer had to make a split-second decision to protect himself and his fellow officers. When Shaver tried to raise his right hand, Brailsford took this as a threat because Shaver could have been reaching for a gun, Piccarreta said.
    http://www.abc15.com/news/region-pho...ng-unarmed-man

    A police supervisor can be heard shouting commands at Shaver, who disobeys some of the orders but doesn't voice any threats toward officers.

    "Please do not shoot me," Shaver said.

    Brailsford opened fire when Shaver, who had been ordered to crawl toward officers, reached toward the waistband of his shorts. The officer believed Shaver was reaching for a gun.

    Authorities have said it looked as though Shaver was pulling up his loose-fitting basketball shorts that had fallen down as he crawled.

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    More testimonies heard, in 2nd day of Philip Brailsford's murder trial

    http://www.fox10phoenix.com/news/ari...s-murder-trail

    A Mesa Police officer who responded to the January shooting, along with Brailsford, took the stand. The prosecution played officer Christopher Doane's body-cam video.

    Doane testified that he did not see any weapons in their hands.

    <snipped>

    The Medical Examiner who performed Shaver's autopsy testified Shaver was shot five times, from about 6 feet away.


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    Witness: Man shot by Mesa police officer had cried for his life

    http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/...ife/826430001/

    Shaver's room phone rang once and he picked it up. Shaver looked confused and said, "Mesa police wants you to step out," Portillo testified.

    She was surprised to see what she remembered as eight police officers, four on their knees and four standing up, in the hallway with their guns pointed at her, she said.

    She said she remembered being told by an officer to get on her knees, with her hands up in the air and eventually crawled toward the officers on her hands and knees. A police video depicting the shooting that was played for the jury early in the trial showed her crawling toward the officers with her hands up in the air.

    After being handcuffed and put on her knees by a police officer, she saw Shaver on his knees. As he crawled toward officers, she said, Shaver tried to pull his shorts up with his right hand because they were falling down. That's when Brailsford fired five rounds, killing Shaver.

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    Witness says he never felt threatened by man later killed by Mesa police

    http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/...ice/836753001/

    Luis Nuñez and a colleague agreed to have a drink with Daniel Shaver in his hotel room, but it soon became clear Shaver was drunk. He had also invited Nuñez to try out his pellet gun from his fifth-floor window.

    “It’s a stupid idea," Nuñez recalled telling Shaver, during testimony in Maricopa County Superior Court on Monday.

    Despite the unease, he says he didn't feel threatened by Shaver and left a female colleague behind to make a phone call.
    Mesa officer Brian Elmore, who was among the six officers who responded to the scene and had his rifle pointed at Shaver, also testified Monday.

    He said that as part of his training he would not shoot a person who made a draw stroke, similar to what Shaver did with his right hand when Brailsford shot him. He would consider other factors, too, he said.

    “I wouldn’t shoot unless I saw a threat,” Elmore said.

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    Mesa officer testifies he didn't think fatally shot man was a threat

    Brailsford's defense lawyer has argued the shooting was justified because it appeared Shaver had been reaching for a weapon.

    Deputy County Attorney Susie Charbel asked Elmore if he saw a threat shortly before Brailsford shot Shaver.

    "At that moment, no," said Elmore, one of six Mesa police officers who responded to the hotel.
    Mesa police officer wants to take stand in Brailsford murder trial to change his testimony

    During redirect, when a lawyer questions his or her witness for the second time, Deputy County Attorney Susie Charbel noted that Elmore didn't fire his AR-15 and asked Elmore if he saw an "imminent threat."

    "At that moment, no," Elmore responded.

    But earlier in his testimony, when Brailsford's defense lawyer questioned him, Elmore said it was "possible" he may have shot Shaver, who was on his knees sobbing, begging not to be shot, if he saw the same threat Brailsford saw.
    On Wednesday, Elmore's lawyer, Robert Jarvis, told the judge that his client misunderstood Charbel's question and thought Charbel had asked if Elmore needed to shoot, not whether he saw a threat.

    Jarvis said Elmore read a news article on Wednesday morning and realized he answered Charbel's question incorrectly and wanted to get back on the stand to correct his answer.

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    Former Mesa police sergeant backs decision by officer now on trial in fatal shooting

    The officer in charge during a police situation at a Mesa hotel last year testified Tuesday that he, too, would have shot the unarmed suspect, Daniel Shaver of Texas, when the man did not obey orders to put his hands up.

    Langley told the 11-member jury Tuesday that he would have shot Shaver if Brailsford wasn’t in his line of fire.

    “I thought we were going to get shot,” Langley said. “I thought I was going to get shot.”

    Langley said because Shaver put his hand down twice and once behind his back, he thought Shaver may have been reaching for a gun.
    Mesa officer revokes request to change testimony in Brailsford's trial

    A Mesa police officer who asked to retake the stand to change his testimony in the murder trial of a former colleague has taken back his request.

    Mesa police Officer Brian Elmore changed his mind over the weekend about taking the stand again, Maricopa County Superior Judge George Foster said Monday in court.

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    PHILIP BRAILSFORD TRIAL: Mesa detective returns to the stand

    https://www.fox10phoenix.com/news/ar...s-to-the-stand

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