The Free Thought Project – by Cassandra Rules
Jason Shuck, a Springfield, Missouri, police officer is being charged with only a misdemeanor after shooting a fleeing pan handler in the back on May 9th, which means he may be eligible to return to the force after his paid leave.
His victim, Eric Butts, has been diagnosed with mental illnesses including schizophrenia and bipolar disorder and was unarmed and fleeing when the officer shot him.
Butts was seriously injured and kept in the hospital for a week. He now has 31 staples in his stomach and must use a colostomy bag.
The officer claims he meant to use his taser, but just had a little oopsie when he pulled out his gun and fired on the unarmed man.
“I’m sorry Butts, I thought I reached for my taser… I didn’t know that I reached for my gun, I thought I had my taser.” he told his victim on the scene, according to the probable cause report.
Shuck also told a fellow officer, “I meant to pull my taser, but pulled my gun”, the report shows.
“The evidence in this case did not show a ‘conscious disregard’ of the risk but rather a ‘failure to be aware’ of the risk — the standard for criminal negligence and thus the class A misdemeanor of assault in the third degree,” according to the prosecuting attorney Dan Patterson, while explaining why he is being charged with a misdemeanor and not a felony.
If you can’t tell the difference between a TASER and a GUN, you probably shouldn’t be allowed to use either.
Read more at http://thefreethoughtproject.com/cop-mistakes-gun-taser-shoots-unarmed-man-job/#cUCRGfQO6QcYRMKo.99
5 thoughts on “Cop Mistakes GUN for TASER; Shoots Unarmed Man and May Keep Job”
uh-huh- bet he never mistook a danish for a doughnut
dumber and dumber cant tell the feel of a gun from a taser? Really?
“I’m sorry Butts, I thought I reached for my taser… I didn’t know that I reached for my gun, I thought I had my taser.”
so he knew his victim,
and you dont shoot someone in the back with anything – they arent posing a threat.
1. “I felt threatened by [insert dead thing] . . . .”
2. “Stop resisting”
3. “I meant to pull my TASER but pulled my gun.”
Wow! Cops really are all reading off the same flashcards. Short bus patrol.
I bet they wouldn’t tell anyone if they woke up in the woods with vaseline all over their asses either. I still wouldn’t take them camping.
His failure to recognize the difference between a TASER and a GUN reminded me of this:
Pedro: [gets it out and hands it to Man] Here, light that thing up man, let’s get chinese-eyed.
Man Stoner: [eying the joint] Kinda skinny, isn’t it?
Pedro: No, it’s a heavy duty joint, man.
Pedro: Kinda looks like a toothpick.
Pedro: Naw, it’s not a toothpick, man.
Man Stoner: No, it IS a toothpick, man.
[hands it back to Pedro]
Pedro: [looking at it, puzzled] it IS a toothpick!… wait a minute man, I got the shit right here.
[feels around in his pocket]
Pedro: huh… no, that’s my dick.
[feels around some more]
Pedro: , okay, here you go, man.
[hands a skinny, curled up joint to Man]
Man Stoner: [looking at a dinky little joint] Jeez, I hope your dick’s bigger than this, man.
Pedro: Hey man, you want to get out and walk, man?
I rest my case. 😆