They keep saying there are good cops, but this is how they treat those cops🤦🏾♂️
Stephen Mader (left) was a rookie cop, but even more important just like R.J. Williams (right), he is a recent father. Both the men’s fate would intersect on May 6th 2016 when Mader responded to a domestic disturbance call.
Once on scene Mader met Williams who was hiding something behind his back, he asked him to reveal his hands, to which Williams complied. Sure enough as you’d expect, Williams reveals a gun, and get killed by a police man’s bullet, however in the moments leading up to the murder is where the story differs from many.
See Mader noticed something was up, Williams repeatedly said “just shoot me”, “just shoot me”. Mader found this to be obviously a discomforting situation, HOWEVER he replies back “I’m not going to shoot you, brother. I’m not going to shoot you”.
Mader had the sense of mind to reflect back on his MILITARY training, NOT his police training, to deescalate the situation. He noticed there was something wrong with Williams, and that WIlliams wasn’t in a good mental state. As Mader calls it, Williams desired suicide “suicide by cop”.
Minutes later 2 other cops arrived at the scene and SECONDS after their arrival, Williams ended up on the floor as bullets flew. Mader checked the gun Williams had, and just as he suspected, the gun was empty. About a few weeks later after the incident was reviewed, Mader was fired FOR NOT SHOOTING THE BLACK MAN. LET ME REPEAT, NOT SHOOTING.
Mader sued along with the ACLU over wrongful firing and won a settlement of 175,000$. Honestly though, Mader (and I) don’t think this is enough as no justice went toward the family of Williams, and now a child will have to grow up without a father.
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