We all have heard a lot of news regarding police shootings and killing of innocent victims. These victims are of different races and nationalities. These victims may have physical and mental disabilities. We all have heard of the police driving one killer, Dylan Roof, to Burger King after killing members of an AME Church while they were in prayer. We all have heard about the violent death of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman. We have heard about the countless evidence that was given and sworn testimony by witnesses while the police were set free of all allegations.
I often wondered what would happen if one of the Jury members should ever experience a death of unarmed family members by a police officer. On January 2, 1970, around 20:37 hours, a man name Jacob Grant was fired upon with about nine rounds of the hot lead entering his flesh by police. According to ABC News, Albuquerque Police Department released a video regarding this shooting and posted it on their Social Media on April 1, 2016. This incident happened in 1970 and now this information has been released and posted on Social Media over 47 years later. What may surprise you is the person who was shot nine times was detective Jacob Grant, and he was working undercover. According to the report, Lieutenant Greg Brachle approached a black car with tinted windows and, when one of the rear doors opened, he opens fired. Greg Brachle yelled commands but were shooting while yelling the commands as other officers provided back-up. After obtaining the information, I realized this shooting occurred in 2015, not 1970; but the lapel cam has a date stamp of 1970. If this error occurred by police lapel cam(s), how can we trust their integrity? Greg Blachle yelled, “Oh shit that was Jacob! Holy shit it’s Jacob! Fuck me!” The report goes on to say that Greg Blachle thought he was a bad guy and not Jacob. Does this mean that the shooting would be justifiable because Greg assumed he was a bad guy? I don’t understand why a police officer would unleash hot lead into a person’s flesh while yelling commands at the same time. Perhaps he thought he could get away until he realized it was Jacob. After all making the atmosphere hectic and tense, Greg asked if Jacob was okay. If you don’t have on body armor and had the hot lead entering your body nine times, would you be okay?
Greg Blachle did not go to the sting meetings regarding the drug bust but assisted anyway. Blachle went on the belief the suspects were of African descent, which means when he yelled gun and fired, he did not know who he was firing upon at that split second. This is not his first rodeo regarding shootings. Back in 1988, Blachle shot a man as he was leaving the home with his hands up. The victim survived his wounds and filed a lawsuit against in 2000. Since 2010, the city shelled out around $40 million dollars in settlement monies. You would think they would have learned by now as they spend the taxpayers’ money in a wasteful fashion. The city settled Grant’s case out of court for $6.5 million dollars. The city also agreed to cover his medical bills for the rest of his life. Grant received over a dozen surgeries. Jacob Grant turned 38 and is medically retired. Greg Blachle retired after he learned the fate of his employment was in jeopardy under termination. I’m sorry, but termination? What about charges being filed against him? It shows that police officers can cause a lot of misfortune and taxpayers money for instances they could have and should have avoided. To learn the suspects were of African descent encouraged Greg Blachle to attend the bust in hopes to kill, as he said previously, “the bad guys.”