For a law enforcement officer what happened in Tulsa is a total nightmare and is a scenario that plays through their mind every day.
Video captured on a patrol car and body cameras showed two officers struggle to deal with a man that ended up gunning them down.
The video is incredibly disturbing, the officers issued over 40 commands trying to de-escalate the situation and used all of their less than lethal options but the man still failed to comply.
The 32-year-old suspect David Ware was pulled over around 3:30 am for expired tags. After all commands issued by Sgt. Craig Johnson and Officer Aurash Zarkeshan were exhausted they attempted to pull him out of the vehicle. That is when he reached under the seat, pulled out a gun and shot Sgt. Craig Johnson in the chest. He then shot Zarkeshan who dropped to the ground. While both officers were down Ware stepped out of the vehicle stood over Zarkeshan and fired three more shots. He then fled the scene with the help of a friend.
Sgt. Johnson did not survive the encounter, Zarkeshan has been wounded severely.
Tulsa Police Chief Wendell Franklin is furious the judge in the case ruled the video should be made public. During a press conference, he said people shouldn’t be able to “see the execution of a police officer.”
“What kind of society is that?” he said.
In an emotional interview, Jerad Lindsey, head of Tulsa’s FOP reacted to the judges ruling.
“I’m sure everyone in Northeastern Oklahoma will watch the end of my friends life,” said Tulsa FOP Chairman Jerad Lindsey.
“It’s going to be clickbait and it’s going to drive views in the media and I don’t see what’s the use in this court case this video being released now, I don’t see how it helps,” said Lindsey.
I must say I am torn, we can’t confront evil if we don’t look at it in the face. As a society, we can’t ignore the consequences of the BLM culture war attitudes toward police. On the other hand that video is going to be used as propaganda and click bate for leftwing extremists. They will use the video to desecrate the officers involved and it will be used to incite more violence toward police.
We have decided not to embed the video in this post but, if you wish to watch the video you can click here, the video is horrifying viewer discretion is advised.