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by Peter Moskos

August 17, 2016

“Imma start a riot like it’s Baltimore"

Turns out the cop who once rapped "Imma start a riot like it’s Baltimore" turns out to be prophetic!

But all joking aside, this cop who shot and killed an armed and dangerous man was from the community.
More than 1,000 people have circulated a 2014 image, shared by the Milwaukee Police Department, identifying and lauding Officer Dominique Heaggan-Brown as the rookie cop who helped a homeless woman find a warm meal during frigid weather.
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“I was aware that he was an officer like most people,” he added. “When we did have a chance to hang out it was pure kicking it, or he would pop up at some of my shows in support sometimes.”
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Smith’s sister, Sherelle Smith, said the officer and her dead brother knew each other from their high school days.
And then some people started listed his home address. There were death threats. Officer Heaggan-Brown -- from the community he policed, doing his job, involved in a justified shooting -- is now in hiding.

11 comments:

aNanyMouse said...

Typo alert: "... this cop WHO(?) shot and killed an armed and dangerous man was from the community."

Maybe the Feds should let cops like him into their witness protection program, or make a separate one for cops.

David Madden said...

Hasn't anyone learned anything from Ferguson? So much of this nonsense could have been avoided if that bodycam footage had been made public. Its too late now, the false narrative has taken hold.

Peter Moskos said...

What's odd here is I'm not sure a false narrative *has* taken hold. I think some people are simply pissed off that a black man got shot by police. Period. Doesn't matter than he had a gun, was a criminal, and that it was probably a very justifiable shooting. Even a good shooting. It's not about the circumstances. It's about another black man being killed by the state.

That said, even I'm wondering if this might have been a bad shooting. Why? Because they haven't released any damn video. And that is exactly your point.

David Madden said...

If thats the case, I need to start working on my resume.

Peter Moskos said...

Free Mumia?

Peter Moskos said...

Consider this shooting: http://www.copinthehood.com/2016/04/prosecutors-ordered-officers-in-fatal.html

David Madden said...

I know, I know. This is nothing new. Maybe I've just reached the tipping point. I don't want to put my family in the place of Heaggan Brown or Faulkner.

Peter Moskos said...

I too know. I mean, I know there' a lot of suffering in this world, but here we talk about policing.
Can you imagine telling your spouse, much less your kids: "Sorry honey, I had a bad day at work. Now we have to go into hiding." And this is after you faced death and did the right thing. It's insane.

David Madden said...

Up until now, I've tried to rationalize staying in police work by saying, "if I succumb to this and resign, I'm no better than all of the dipshits who say that all black men are being hunted by the cops." The statistics just don't play out either way. I'm no more likely to end up in a good use of force reported badly than a minority vice versa.
Its just gets harder every day to keep saying that.

David Madden said...

Up until now, I've tried to rationalize staying in police work by saying, "if I succumb to this and resign, I'm no better than all of the dipshits who say that all black men are being hunted by the cops." The statistics just don't play out either way. I'm no more likely to end up in a good use of force reported badly than a minority vice versa.
Its just gets harder every day to keep saying that.

campbell said...

Its just gets harder every day to keep saying that.

Look at making a lateral move out to somewhere like Utah, Wyoming, Montana, or Idaho. A lot of this nonsense doesn't have as much traction out in these states because it's a red state with very few African Americans in the population. You could take up fly fishing.