Philip Brailsford, Arizona police officer who shot unarmed man, briefly rehired in order to receive pension
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Two years after he was fired for shooting an unarmed man in a hotel, an Arizona police officer was rehired for 42 days so that he could receive a special pension, America’s ABC News reports.
- Then-Arizona police officer Philip Brailsford killed Daniel Shaver in a hotel hallway in 2016
- He was fired but acquitted during a murder trial after lawyers argued he responded appropriately in the incident
- According to America’s ABC News, Mr Brailsford is now eligible for a monthly payment of $3,660 for the rest of his life
Officer Philip Brailsford, 28, shot 26-year-old Daniel Shaver in the hallway of a hotel in 2016.
Officers were called to the hotel with reports a man was pointing a rifle out a window. It was later revealed Mr Shaver had a pellet gun that he used for his pest-control work and was showing it to other guests in his room.
He did not have the gun when he was shot five times in the hallway with a semi-automatic weapon, and could be seen on bodycam footage begging officers not to fire as he followed their instructions.
Mr Brailsford was fired after the incident for violations of department policy and later charged with murder, but was acquitted at trial in 2017.
His lawyers argued he was responding appropriately according to his training, after Mr Shaver reached for his waistband.
In 2018, Mr Brailsford signed an agreement with his former employer, the City of Mesa, that allowed him to be temporarily rehired, meaning he could apply for an accidental disability pension and medical retirement, according to ABC News.
The former police officer’s lawyer said Mr Brailsford had post-traumatic stress disorder stemming from the shooting of Mr Shaver and the subsequent criminal trial.
Due to the fact he is now technically retired rather than fired, he is eligible for a monthly payment of $3,660 for the rest of his life.
Mr Brailsford was not performing in any capacity as a police officer during the six weeks he was rehired, a police spokesperson told the Arizona Republic newspaper.
I really like this man. As you can tell that he really knows his stuff & enjoys passing on his observations in a nice friendly way. (I have been told that he is a Teacher & a Reserve Cop in real life)
The other thing is that you can tell that he really loves his life too. He is also one hell of a good shot as is being shown here. With what I think is one of the Best Combat Pistols out there. The Sig P-220 in the proven caliber of 45 ACP.
Bottom line – His students and the people in his life are a really lucky bunch to have such a good man around them!
Injunction To Be Filed In Lawsuit Challenging California Ammo-Law Train-Wreck
California – -(AmmoLand.com)- The problems encountered since the new ammunition background check system was put into effect on July 1st 2019, have far surpassed what we predicted, and we predicted a train wreck.
The approval process takes over a half hour per customer, instead of the promised two minutes. DOJ is imposing unnecessary and costly requirements on vendors.
Countless customers are being turned down by DOJ for lack of ID even if they have a California driver’s license. Law abiding people cannot get ammunition they need for sport or self-defense. Businesses may have to close as a result of this extreme regulatory burden.
“Newsom’s Prop 63 law is a business killing nightmare and a red-tape charade that is useless as a crime prevention measure,” said CRPA President Chuck Michel.
“This law puts a ridiculously excessive burden on Second Amendment rights and was designed to make it practically impossible for gun stores to make a profit or for people to use a gun for sport or self-defense. It’s part of Newsom’s effort to eliminate the “gun culture” – which he hates.” said Michel.
“We are going to ask the Court to put a stop to it immediately.”
CRPA, with NRA’s support, challenged the ammunition background check law in court months ago. The lead plaintiff in the case is gold medal-winning Olympic shooter Kim Rhode.
The CRPA legal team already got a favorable ruling in the Rhode case – which is being heard by the same judge who ruled in the Duncan 10+ magazine lawsuit.
We had to wait for the ammo law to take effect to seek an injunction, but now that the law has gone into effect and the infringements have been documented, CRPA plans to seek an injunction in the Rhode case next week.
If you’ve had problems buying ammunition, and particularly if you are an ammunition sales vendor having problems, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can add your experience to the mountain of evidence documenting how this law has failed.
To review all of the materials that NRA and CRPA have put together about what these laws require and the lawsuit challenging them, visitmichellawyers.com/ammunition-california-laws-and-regulations/.
Gun rights supporters should not support other 2A groups promising to file their own legal challenges to the new ammo laws.
Although these may just be list building promotions for use in their future fundraising appeals, any new redundant lawsuit that might be filed would be duplicative, would complicate the legal process, greatly risks having a different (likely hostile) judge second-guess the good ruling we already got in the Rhode case, and jeopardizes the potential success of CRPA’s existing lawsuit.
And some folks wonder why I want to leave this place. Grumpy PS where in the Hell were the Cops or at least security?
Below are screenshots from the Nevada County California Sheriff’s Office Booking Report
(courtesy of Elmo) showing 3 arrests for smuggling in fireworks.
If you’ll notice, the three arrests that I screenshotted took place at the I-80 Agriculture Inspection Station – you know, the one that nobody ever gets stopped at.
From Elmo’s email:
Over the last two weeks, CalFire LEOs have made at least 15 and possibly as many as 20 arrests on identical charges, one of which is Possession of Dangerous Fireworks, a felony.
These arrests have been made by at least 8 different badge numbers and all but 2 of them occurred at the “I-80 Ag Station”.
The other 2 were made at Soda Springs. The people arrested have been from the Sacramento and Bay areas and the San Juaquin Valley.
I believe this is a precursor to what the CA DOJ will be doing with people who transport ‘contraband’ ammunition later this summer. I find it completely foolish that some people still believe they’re going to be able to run over to Cabela’s or to the Big Gun Show and stock up. They’re risking a lot to take that chance, including the loss of their right to own a firearm.
Here’s your screenshots:
All I’ve got to say is buyer beware.
Los Angeles endured a considerable amount of time in the late 1800s without any form of official police. The department that would eventually grow into LAPD found its roots in 1876, when the Board of Police Commissioners selected Jacob T. Gerkins as Chief.
Chief Gerkins brought with him the first regulation uniform for the department, taking what had been a loosely affiliated group and forming them into a real agency. There’s no record of an issued firearm at the time, but it’s not unreasonable to assume that a considerable number of Colt Peacemakers rode in holsters during this violent period in LA’s history.
From the 1900s to the 1930s LAPD survived without a standardized sidearm for their department, as officers were allowed to carry a wide variety of guns. .45 Colt revolvers were authorized, as the department still was very much an agency of wild west law enforcement.
It’s wasn’t until after World War II, with officers returning to duty from overseas that LAPD issued its first standard revolver, the S&W Model 10. Cadets at the police academy were issued a Model 10, and upon graduation had the option to keep that as an issue gun, purchase it from the department, or purchase their own revolver so long as it was a revolver chambered in .38 Special that had a 4 inch or 6 inch barrel.
During the 50s and 60s, under the leadership of Chief Parker, the public image of LAPD changed drastically from a corrupt department to the model of police professionalism. TV shows like Dragnet and Adam-12 greatly influenced the public image of LAPD as a model department; the guns carried in these shows accurately reflected the pistols issued to LAPD.
Again, LAPD kept with its policy of allowing officers to purchase individual weapons as long as they met the department’s standards. The standard issue gun was the Smith & Wesson K-38 Combat Masterpiece, with either a four or six inch barrel.
The K-38 would stay as the standard gun up until it was replaced by the Beretta 92 in the 80s. However, during the mid 70s, LAPD authorized officers to carry revolvers chambered in .357 Magnum so long as they were loaded with .38 Special ammo. Colt Pythons became status symbols, and among individual officer purchases, Colt Troopers and Pythons were very popular.
The adoption of the Beretta 92 in the 1980s signaled the end of the great wheelgun era of LA law enforcement. For a brief period, all new recruits were required to carry the Beretta, and there was no leeway for individual officer weapons.
This was loosened somewhat in the 90s when the S&W 5906 was accepted as a substitute standard weapon, and further loosened in 1997 after the North Hollywood Shootout when 3rd Gen Smith & Wesson semi-autos in .45 ACP were authorized out of a perceived need for more officer firepower.
This status quo held until 2002, when new Chief William Bratton was appointed. Bratton had previously led agencies that authorized the use of Glock pistols, and instituted policy allowing his officers to carry Glocks on duty.
In the modern age of LAPD, officers are issued either a Glock 22 or Glock 17 upon graduation from the Academy, but are still authorized to carry a considerable number of weapons. According to LAPD’s website, here is a complete list of the guns authorized for duty:
- Beretta 92F/S
- Beretta 8045
- Smith & Wesson 3rd Generation models: 459, 5904, 5903, 659, 5906, 645, 4506, 4566, 4567, 5903 TSW, 5906 TSW, 4569 TSW, and 4566 TSW
- Glock 17
- Glock 19
- Glock 22
- Glock 23
- Glock 21
This doesn’t include various 1911s that are authorized for special units such as SWAT or SIS; I can only imagine what a headache all these different guns are for unit armorers within LAPD. Regardless, LAPD’s history of firearms has been as colorful and compelling a story as the history of the department itself.
From wild-west style shootouts with single action Colt revolvers to a modern LE agency with Glocks and weapon-mounted lights, the LAPD’s evolution of issued firearms parallels the evolution of the department itself.