$175K settlement to copper who refused to shoot suspect he was talking down

❝ A West Virginia city has agreed to pay a former police officer $175,000 to settle a wrongful-termination lawsuit after he was fired following his decision not to shoot a distraught suspect who was holding a gun.

❝ “At the end of the day, I’m happy to put this chapter of my life to bed,” Stephen Mader said in a news release by the American Civil Liberties Union of West Virginia.

“The events leading to my termination were unjustified and I’m pleased a joint resolution has been met. My hope is that no other person on either end of a police call has to go through this again…”

❝ Mader told CNN last year that Ronald “R.J.”Williams was “visibly choked up” and told Mader to shoot him. As a Marine veteran who served in Afghanistan, Mader told CNN that he concluded Williams wasn’t a threat and so he tried to de-escalate the situation.

As Mader was trying to get Williams to drop his gun, two other Weirton police officers arrived. Mader told CNN that Williams raised his gun and was immediately shot and killed by one of the other officers. A state investigation found the officer’s actions were justified.

RTFA. Conflicting truths – but, then, no one ever said it was easy being a cop. Working in a jurisdiction run by right-wing political punks doesn’t especially help.