A Tennessee widow is suing a sheriff’s department after they needlessly killed her unarmed husband.
Police body-camera video shows a sheriff ordering officers to “take out” a man they were chasing on April 13, 2017, reported KFSM.
Michael Dial led deputies on a 50 mph chase which started in Dekalb County, Tennessee. He was being chased because he was suspected of driving on a suspended license.
Deputies decided to ram his truck and trailer in an attempt to force him off the road.
After that plan failed, Sheriff Oddie Shoupe decided he would rather have the man killed than damage a vehicle, or set up a roadblock, or drive slowly behind him. The sheriff issued an order that a dispatcher relayed to the deputies.
“Per 59 [the sheriff] take him out by any means necessary including deadly force.”
According to KSFM, reserve deputy Adam West starting shooting as deputies spun the suspect out of control. Michael Dial, who was unarmed and not threatening anyone, was killed by a head shot.
Sheriff Oddie Shoupe was caught on a deputy’s body camera admitting to giving the order to kill the man with a possible suspended license.
“I told me I said take him out,” he said. “I don’t give a s***.”
The lawsuit claims the sheriff “preferred to shoot and kill Mr. Dial rather than risk damaging his patrol cars.”
“They said we’re ramming him,” the sheriff was recorded saying. “I said don’t ram him, shoot them. F*** that shit. Ain’t going to tear my cars up. If they don’t think I’ll give the damn order to kill that mother f*** they’re full of s***.”
Then, the sheriff said, “I love this s***. God I tell you what I thrive on it.”
Sheriff Shoupe has held his position for 16 years, but is not running for re-election.
If justice is served, then he will be in jail and unable to be sheriff, but criminal charges rarely stand against police, even when they murder unarmed people.
Shoupe said he had no comment on the lawsuit when contacted by CBS News.