KERN COUNTY, CALIFORNIA — This has to be one of the foulest moments in police history. While unexpectedly recorded, this sheriff was caught saying it’s better to kill than to wound.
Kern County sheriff is caught on tape saying it costs less to kill suspects than to wound them: In blue California, Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood has long bucked the liberal trend. He’s fought California’s “sanctuary state” movement, asked that… https://t.co/1ZMXWUaWl4 pic.twitter.com/ZRdtPQP0Ff
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According to Los Angeles Times, a sheriff of a California county known for its police shootings once said it’s “better financially” to kill suspects than wound them.
The source notes Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood as the officer. As you’ll see below, Youngblood is out of uniform and discussing loss of life involving police and the matter of dollars and cents.
Reportedly, he was “looking for an endorsement” in 2006 when he posed the question:
“When a deputy shoots somebody, which way is better financially? To cripple them or kill them for the county?”
Someone off-camera responded, “Kill them?” That’s when Youngblood answered, “Absolutely.”
“Because if you cripple them you have to take care of them for life and that cost goes way up.” — Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood
“When a guy makes a bad shooting on somebody and kills them? Three million bucks and the family goes away after a long back and forth,” Youngblood continues. “When it happens in corrections, it’s a totally different ballgame.”
NOTE: This lets you know, right here, that officers aren’t trying to disarm or immobilize suspects. Instead, they’re simply going for blood.
The Los Angeles Times reports that the video was recorded 12 years ago. However, it was released just days ago, on Monday, April 9.
The source notes that the video was broadcast to the public by the union representing Kern County’s jailers’ — the Kern County Detention Officers Association (KCDOA) — endorsement of Youngblood’s opponent in the upcoming election, chief deputy Justin Fleeman.
Officers said that the county force — once labeled “America’s deadliest police” — was “in desperate need of positive changes.”
The source says Guardian actually profiled the county after 13 people were killed by police in 2015. At the time, Kern County had less than 900,000 residents — but simultaneously more fatal shootings than New York City, which only had nine the same year.
After the fact, the sheriff reportedly told Bakersfield.com — after the video’s release — that his words were taken out of context.
Yeah, it’s real easy to take those statements out of context, right?…………………………….
Youngblood continued to tell the source that he “never inferred that we should shoot to kill.” Yet, it certainly seems like he IMPLIED it!
Now that he’s in the hot seat, Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood says he wishes he had used different words. And while that may be his “wishes,” that’s a far cry from the reality of the situation — that, under his leadership, it appears the department has allegedly developed a “shoot to kill” mentality and training.
Chris Ashley, the director of the KCDOA, told New York Daily News that Youngblood’s comments were an example of “poor leadership” that has included shutting himself off from the union as well. Ashley mentions as follows.
“They were not taken out of context. If he meant it or not you’d have to ask him … but his feelings and his comments in no way represent the members of the Kern County Detention Officers Association.”
All in all, please let us know your thoughts about this critical information. It definitely sheds light on why officers show such an unrelenting display of “emptying clips” into Black suspects, right?
It’s certainly one of the most inhuman statements one could ever hear from U.S. law enforcement. If you have any comments, feel free to share them via our Facebook page.
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