The United States has been in turmoil after the recent officer-involved shootings across America. Police officers are being vilified for violence against minorities, but many people seem to forget the violence against police officers themselves.
Officers sometimes must decide in an instant whether to use deadly force against people who might be trying to kill them. A video posted to YouTube served as a reminder of the reality of violence against police.
Deputy Kyle Dinkheller, 22, was with the Laurens County Sheriff’s Department in Georgia in 1998 when he was killed in the line of duty.
He was murdered by a man he pulled over during a traffic stop. The murder was caught on camera and has been widely used in police training since the incident.
The video began with Dinkheller pulling over Andrew Howard Brannan for driving 100 miles per hour through a town in Georgia.
Brannan originally got out of his vehicle to greet the officer, but then he quickly put his hands in his pockets. Noticing what was happening, Dinkheller commanded Brannan to keep his hands visible.
When Brannan tried to get Dinkheller to shoot him, the officer refused, instead choosing to ask for additional units to assist him. At that point Brannan walked up to the police car and attacked the officer.
Dinkheller fought back with a baton, but that was not enough protection.
Brannan ran back to his truck, grabbed a rifle, and shot the officer 10 times, killing him on the spot.
Just before his execution by lethal injection last year, Brannan was asked why he shot Dinkheller. He answered, “Because he let me.”
Watch the video here (CAUTION: Graphic content may disturb some viewers):
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