Shocking Comments Caught On Sheriff's Body Cam Footage After Killing Motorist Prompts Lawsuit

After a low-speed chase with a motorist, police officers ran the man off the road and fired shots in an attempt to apprehend him. One officer who gave the orders to shoot was heard on an audio recording saying he ordered the shooting to avoid wrecking the patrol cars.

He also said, "I love this sh-t' just after the shooting, lamenting that he wasn't there in person."

Tennessee police in Dekalb County were investigating a shoplifting incident that day. Michael Dial was stopped and found to be driving with a suspended license. Police told him not to drive, but they later spotted him back on the highway that same day.

Police attempted to pull Dial over, but he fled. Police pursued him. Dial was driving about 50 mph in a 55-mile zone, so it was not a high-speed chase, but he refused to pull over.

Officers and deputies from DeKalb and White Counties attempted to stop Dial's vehicle by ramming it with their cars. That's when White County Sheriff Oddie Shoupe's voice can be heard ordering deputies over the radio to use 'deadly force' and fire their weapons.

“I said don’t ram him ― shoot him,” Shoupe is heard saying. “F--k that sh-t. Ain’t gonna tear my cars up.”

Shoupe then heard his deputies respond that shots were fired. On a body cam video, Shoupe's voice can be heard talking to officers about the incident, showing no sensitivity toward the dead man or remorse.

"I told him, I said, 'Take him out'," Shoupe recalled.

"If they don’t think I’ll give the damn order to kill that motherf--ker, they’re full of sh-t," he continued, as the other officer laughs. "Take him out."

Shoupe then regrets that he was not there to take part in the action. "I’m here on the damn wrong end of the damn county I love this shit. God, I tell you what, I thrive on it."

Robyn Spainhoward, Dial's widow, filed a lawsuit against White County Shoupe and the City of Sparta, Tennessee, and also filed suits against some police officers involved. She says that deadly force was used against her husband 'solely to prevent damage to patrol cars, and for no legitimate law enforcement purpose'.

The lawsuit argues that excessive force was 'not reasonably necessary' in this case. Dial did not pose a threat to anyone at the scene.

“They could have let him go 10 more miles down the road, he probably would have run out of gas,” said his wife to News Channel 5.

Shoupe was also heard later trying to reassure officers they would not have to worry about the shooting. “I made the decision. You don’t have to worry about it. I took that away from y’all. You don’t have to worry about nothing. Everything’s cool. You done exactly right," he said. “You kept somebody from getting killed."

“This fool was crazy. Call your wife ... tell her everything is good. I made that decision. You don’t have to worry about nothing," he added.

“I would say if that’s the mentality of the highest policy makers in the county regarding law enforcement, that’s scary,” said David Weissman, Spainhoward's attorney. “I don’t know how anybody can appear excited about taking a human life... Mr. Dial left behind a wife and a daughter who loved him very much.”

Source: The Huffington Post
Photo: YouTube, NY Daily News

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