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SPARTA, Tenn. - Body camera video from the aftermath of a deadly officer-involved shooting has raised new questions about what happened.
Video obtained by NewsChannel 5 Investigates shows the White County Sheriff discussing his order to use deadly force with another deputy.
Last April, Smithville Police attempted to pull over Michael Dial for driving on a suspended license.
He was driving a 1976 pickup and towing a fully loaded trailer.
“They said ‘we’re ramming him,’” Sheriff Oddie Shoupe of White County said on tape in the aftermath of the killing of suspect Michael Dial.
“I said, ‘Don’t ram him, shoot him.’ # that #. Ain’t gonna tear up my cars.”
Shoupe arrived on the scene shortly after police had shot Dial at the conclusion of a low-speed chase, clearly upset he had missed the excitement. Sheriff Oddie Shoupe. Sheriff Oddie Shoupe.
“I love this #,” Shoupe said, apparently unaware that his comments were being picked up by another deputy’s body-worn camera. “God, I tell you what, I thrive on it.
“If they don’t think I’ll give the damn order to kill that # they’re full of #,” he added, laughing. “Take him out. I’m here on the damn wrong end of the county,” he said.
“It was not only inappropriate but also unconscionable for Defendant Shoupe to give the order to use deadly force,” the filing states, calling his decision proof of a “malicious and sadistic mindset”. The suit also names the county, the city of Sparta and the two officers who fired their weapons.
“The comments as seen on the video are extremely disturbing. I’m not sure how anybody can thrive on the taking of a life, let alone somebody in law enforcement,” Dial’s attorney David Weissman told the Guardian.
A federal lawsuit filed in August accuses Benningfield of acting with White County Sheriff Oddie Shoupe to carry out a "modern day eugenics scheme." Mario Williams, an attorney in the federal lawsuit, said 42 men agreed to the order.
"So Shoupe, wishing to reach his Eugenics goal, chose to offer the one thing that means the most to a human being who is incarcerated behind bars: Freedom," the lawsuit states.
. I’m not sure how anybody can thrive on the taking of a life, let alone somebody in law enforcement,” Dial’s attorney David Weissman told the Guardian.
originally posted by: chelsdh
This is just up the road about 20 minutes - and it’s not surprising. Even the local bigger towns, and everything in between, is rife with corruption.
originally posted by: bluechevytree
a reply to: intrptr
when he started ramming the police cars that made him a danger to everyone on the road,at that point they had to do something to stop him.