Target: Hermitage, Tennessee Precinct Commander Preston Brandimore
Goal: Praise police department for decommissioning an officer who said he would have shot brutality victim five times.
A Nashville police officer commented that he would have shot Philandro Castile “five times” in reference to the black man being shot four times allegedly for reaching for his ID. His department responded to the Facebook comment by decommissioning Officer Anthony Venable, effectively suspending him, until this incident can be officially investigated.
Castile died recently from his wounds after a routine traffic stop, according to reports. In a video taken of the aftermath, his girlfriends says that Castile informed the officer he was going to reach for his ID in his back pocket and informed him that he was legally in possession of a firearm. Somehow, the cop ended up shooting him four times in the arm, side, and chest, leading to his death.
Deadly police brutality is not a joke. Any officer who shows this much disrespect for human life should never be in a position of power like this, especially during a time when police shooting and killing people of color for no good reason has become a deeply disturbing trend. In order to stop this problem, police departments need to respond appropriately to comments like this that suggest an officer doesn’t take his job seriously.
The Hermitage Precinct supervisors have done the right thing by suspending Venable. Sign our petition to thank the department and urge the Chief of Police to fire this officer before he ends up killing someone.
Dear Commander Brandimore,
The recent Facebook comment made by one of your officers, Anthony Venable, was quite disturbing during a time when deadly police brutality has become such a problem. His comment that he would have shot Philandro Castile five times instead of just four was not only disrespectful, it’s an alarming indication that he does not properly value human like or take his very important job seriously.
I appreciate that you’ve decommissioned this officer pending an official investigation. Many people would brush this off as nothing because it was on Facebook or call it “just a joke,” but this is no laughing matter. A likely completely innocent man is dead, as are many others, due to police officers who should never have been given a badge. I therefore encourage you to fire Officer Venable if it’s found that he did indeed make this comment.
[Your Name Here]
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