American Police Officer Sacked For Not Shooting Black Man

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A police officer from West Virginia was sacked after he refused to shoot a black man who had an unloaded gun.

Stephen Mader was dismissed by the City of Weirton after being called out to a domestic dispute where he was confronted by a man – Ronald D. Williams Jr. – in possession of an firearm.

After investigating why Mader decided not to shoot Williams (pictured below), it was concluded that he had ‘endangered other officers’ and ‘failed to eliminate a threat’.

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Mader has recounted the play of events, which happened in May, to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He explained that Williams was holding the gun to his side and had asked Mader to shoot him, in a suspected ‘suicide-by-cop’.

Mader added that he had implemented his Marine training and examined ‘the whole person’ when deciding whether Williams was a threat or not.

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Sadly, two more police officers arrived on the scene, saw Williams step forward and fatally shot him on sight.

When asked about the other officers who did open fire, Mader said:

They don’t know anything I heard. All they know is [Mr. Williams] is waving a gun at them. It’s a shame it happened the way it did, but, I don’t think they did anything wrong.

Although there is some truth in claims that Mader put other officers in danger, in hindsight, the ex-officer’s choice not to shoot was the right one, as William’s gun was unloaded.

The tragic incident shows how a system that dismisses a prudent man who could have saved a life and yet glorifies men who shoot first and think later is fatally flawed.


Francesca Donovan

Francesca Donovan

A former emo kid who talks too much about 8Chan meme culture, the Kardashian Klan, and how her smartphone is probably killing her. Francesca is a Cardiff University Journalism Masters grad who has done words for BBC, ELLE, The Debrief, DAZED, an art magazine you've never heard of and a feminist zine which never went to print.