A brief pause on May 6, 2016 — which left one of our police officers out of his job and another policeman dead — revealed with insignificant moments to secure the common fundamental determinations.
On that very night, Stephen Mader, and then an officer with the Weirton Police Department in West Virginia, responded to a domestic-dispute call. Once upon a time at the scene, he confronted a “visibly agitated” man named Ronald J. Williams, court documents stated.
As Mader asked the man to give his hands, Williams did, revealing a handgun. Mader then commanded him to drop the gun.
“I can’t do that,” Williams responded, according to court documents. “Just shoot me.”
Even as Mader ventured not to stretch the whole situation, Williams pleaded repeatedly: “Just shoot me.”
Mader is a white man who didn’t shoot, considering that the lethal force was not significant. In those tense bits, he contemplated that Williams, who was a black man, was a menace to himself but not to other people.
But as Mader was endeavoring to talk Williams down, another two Weirton police officers arrived on the scene. As they did, Williams raised his gun – and was shot and killed by another officer.
A month after this episode, Mader would be ousted from the department for “failing to meet probationary standards of an officer” and “apparent difficulties in critical incident reasoning.”He would also be publicly accused of having frozen and privately called a “coward” by a colleague, court documents revealed.
“No police officer should ever lose their job – or have their name dragged through the mud – for choosing to talk to, rather than shoot, a fellow citizen,” O’Brien stated to the media. “His decision to attempt to de-escalate the situation should have been praised, not punished. Simply put, no police officer should ever feel forced to take a life unnecessarily to save his career.”
An attorney for the Williams family, Jack Dolance, said in the month of may last year that the family believes Mader did the right thing.
“He took his time and looked at R.J. as a person and not a dangerous subject,” Dolance told CNN.
Mader does not work as a police officer now but as a truck driver, and he has continued living in Weirton with his family, the ACLU revealed.