Fired police officer who refused to shoot armed black man wins damages

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A West Virginia cop who was sacked for not shooting a suspect has received compensation for wrongful termination according to CNN. Authorities in Weirton, an Ohio River people group of 19,000 inhabitants 36 miles west of Pittsburgh, had said Mader was sacked two months after the shooting for lead unbecoming of an officer in three separate episodes.

The lawsuit battled Mader was sacked particularly for the Williams occurrence. "Just shoot me." Two other officers later arrived, and Williams raised his gun and was shot in the head by another cop.

Mader, who still lives in Weirton with his family, is now working as a truck driver.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which backed his case, said when the officer arrived on the scene at a domestic incident he found a man named as R J Williams in a "visibly distraught" state.

Stephen Mader received $175,000 settlement. He grew up in the small city of some 20,000 residents, about 20 miles (32 km) west of Pittsburgh.

Weirton City Manager Travis Blosser said Monday, however, that the city stands by Mader's firing.

O'Brien said he was "pleased", but that a case like Mader's "should never have happened".

He said instead of shooting Williams he tried using his calm voice, urging the 23-year-old, of Pittsburgh, to put the weapon down while standing behind the man's auto.

Around the same time, a State Police investigation ruled the shooting had been justified.

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Mader told CNN that in the March 2016 incident, he was writing a second parking ticket for a vehicle when the owner came out cursing at him so he responded with using the f-word.

"Officer Mader behaved in a way that, frankly, we would want all officers to behave in", said Joseph Cohen, executive director of the ACLU of West Virginia.

"No police officer should ever lose their job - or have their name dragged through the mud - for choosing to talk to, rather than shoot, a fellow citizen", he said.

Williams' gun was later found to be unloaded.

Mader's attorney, Timothy O'Brien said that Mader "should have been praised, not punished". Mader reportedly didn't file a police report, collected no evidence, and the body was sent to a funeral home.

Mader was put on probation and then later fired. Simply put no police officer should ever feel forced to take a life unnecessarily to save his career.

Police Chief Rob Alexander called the treatment of the suspicious passing "unsatisfactory", and a dissection decided the casualty managed limit constrain injury to the neck and upper middle.

Mader, an Iraq and Afghanistan war veteran, said he believed he did the right thing and that his firing was unjustified. When Williams did comply, officers saw he had a gun and requested he put it down.

As per the lawsuit, Mader reacted to a call from Williams' better half that he was debilitating to hurt himself with a blade. I think I'm right in what I did, ' he said.