A "Bad Shoot" Claims Two Lives December 30, 2010

by Will

Will Grigg?s Liberty Minute

December 30, 2010

Erich Strausbaugh of Kenosha, Wisconsin, killed himself in late October. The married 34-year-old father of two was a police officer who was reportedly still dealing with the aftermath of a 2004 traffic stop in which 21-year-old Michael Bell was shot and killed. Bell?s family filed a wrongful death lawsuit and received a $1.75 million settlement from the city.

Strausbaugh was one of two officers who restrained Bell while a third shot him in the head at point-blank range. Strausbaugh claimed that Bell attempted to grab his gun, but this claim was decisively refuted through DNA evidence and forensic investigation.

In spite of this, the department ruled that the shooting was justified, and the incident was actually used as a model for training other police.

Bell?s family has mounted a campaign to reform official review of fatal police shootings, which too often are ratified in cynical, corrupt official whitewashes.

A real accountability process might have saved Erich Strausbaugh?s life.

Let us take back the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free.

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