Hero Cop Bullied, Intimidated, Forced to Move for Trying to Save Suicidal Man, Instead of Killing Him
Hero Cop Bullied, Intimidated, Forced to Move for Trying to Save Suicidal Man, Instead of Killing Him By Matt Agorist – The Free Thought Project
A hero cop chose to save a life instead of end it and for this, he was fired, bullied, harassed, and forced to move out of town.
Weirton, WV — As TFTP reported last year, former Weirton police officer Stephen Mader sued the city after he was fired for not killing a suicidal man who needed help. Mader received $175,000 in a settlement as a result of his unnecessary firing. But the successful settlement was the beginning of a dark road for this hero cop who was unafraid to show restraint.
“My hope is that no other person on either end of a police call has to go through this again,” said Mader at the time. Sadly, however, this former Marine has since been forced to move because the intimidation and bullying has gotten so bad.
West Virginia attorney and ACLU representative Timothy P. O’Brien helped to bring the lawsuit against the city.
“No police officer should ever lose their job … for choosing to talk to, rather than shoot, a fellow citizen,” said O’Brien. “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.”
But this was not the case. Mader was fired, intimidated and forced out of town by a department who thinks it’s more important to kill people than to try to save them.
As we reported at the time, on May 6, 2016, Mader responded to a domestic call about a suicidal person. When he arrived on the scene, Mader confronted 23-year-old Ronald D. Williams who was armed and mentally distraught.
Williams’ family called police and noted on the 911 call that he was attempting suicide by cop but that the gun had no bullets and didn’t even contain the magazine.
Madar said when he arrived, he began talking to the young man in his “calm voice.”
“I told him, ‘Put down the gun,’ and he’s like, ‘Just shoot me.’ And I told him, ‘I’m not going to shoot you brother.’ Then he starts flicking his wrist to get me to react to it.
“I thought I was going to be able to talk to him and de-escalate it. I knew it was a suicide-by-cop” situation,” Mader said, adding that, “He wasn’t screaming, yelling, he wasn’t angry. He just seemed distraught. Whenever he told me to shoot him it was as if he was pleading with me. At first, I’m thinking, ‘Do I really need to shoot this guy?’ But after hearing ‘just shoot me’ and his demeanor, it was, ‘I definitely can’t.’”
Mader showed incredible restraint in the situation, even though Williams was attempting to provoke a suicide by cop.
“It is a red flag,’ Mader told ProPublica in a recent interview. “I was just trying to calm him down. It was really just talking to him like he was a human being — talk to him like a guy who was in a wrong state of mind, like a guy who needed to be calmed down, who needed help.
“I didn’t want to shoot him. I don’t want to say this, because it’s really corny, but I was kind of sacrificing my well-being for him. I’m not going to shoot this kid for my well-being. I’m going to wait to see more from him.”
Sadly, as Mader began to reason with Williams and de-escalate the situation, backup arrived, and another officer, Ryan Kuzma immediately shot and killed Williams without a second of consideration.
To add insult to injury, Mader was fired for his restraint, and Kuzma, who murdered Williams, was cleared of all wrongdoing, showing that the police department is explicitly encouraging indiscriminate killings.
“I loved being a police officer. And for them to say because of this incident you’re not going to continue here was heartbreaking. It had me questioning myself, should I be an officer,” Mader told NBC.
Mader would eventually be forced to find work as a truck driver and leave his police career behind but nor before enduring a slew of abuse at the hands of the killer cop.