One cop's trigger finger has gotten him into a whole lot of trouble.
Shocking footage out of Albuquerque, New Mexico, shows Lieutenant Greg Brachle shooting his own colleague, undercover officer Jacob Grant, nine times before finally realizing that he wasn't a suspect in the drug bust that was underway at the time.
Brachle believed Grant was "one of the bad guys" despite the wounded detective crawling away from the violence and begging Brachle to stop.
In the video, Brachle can be seen getting out of his car and screaming, "Hands up! Put your hands where I can see them."
Four individuals were in the car, the two suspects, Edmond Vester and Damien Bailey, as well as Grant and a colleague. Grant is sitting in the rear driver's side seat behind the other undercover detective.
The bust team was meant to approach from this side to avoid a cross fire situation, but Brachle violated protocol and advanced to the driver's side. As the suspects were in the process of surrendering, Brachle swiftly opened Grant's door and fired two shots. He continued to shoot seven more times as the heavily bleeding Grant tries to crawl away and pleads with Brachle to stop shooting:
Brachle then realized what he had done. "Holy s**t, it's Jacob," he exclaims, "F**k me." Grant lost 80 percent of his blood in the shooting and all of his vital organs were shot or injured. He had to undergo multiple surgeries and has been in and out of hospital care since the incident. Grant won a lawsuit worth $6.5 million and the city has agreed to pay Grant's medical expenses for the rest of his life.
The Police Oversight Agency recommended that Brachle should be fired, but the lieutenant retired before any actions were made. Brachle had been involved in another incident in 1998, when he shot a man who was coming out of his house with his hands raised.
In a statement following the end of the lawsuit, Grant said, "My family and I wish to express our profound gratitude to the community, my fellow APD officers, Chief [Gorden] Eden and my medical staff. We are hopeful that this incident will be positively used to improve law enforcement training, practices, policies and procedures."
It can be assumed that Brachle was prepared to shoot the two Black suspects just as he shot Grant, despite the fact that they were already complying with police.
This could have easily been another case where Black men were wrongfully killed by police officers. Catch up on recent cases of police killings with BET News:
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