Responding to a robbery Tuesday night, Cortez Washington, 32, in possession of an Airsoft, a realistic toy in similar appearance to a handgun, was gunned down and also killed was a COPS TV audio technician.
Three officers who responded by opening fire were 37-year-old Darren Cunningham, a 10-year veteran, 35-year-old Brooks Riley, a four-year veteran and 39-year-old Jason Wilhelm struck Bryce Dion, 38, an audio technician working on the COPS TV show genre, who stood nearby as Cortez ran.
Police have reviewed the COPS audio and video tapes and suggest to media that nothing else could be done to avert the deaths? However, this situation had occurred before when a SWAT style law enforcement raid by overzealous Police in the wake of the home shooting death of Aiyana Stanley Jones, 7, of Detroit in 2010.
Just this year a SWAT Team helped a toddler baby Bounkham “Bou Bou” Phonesavanh,2, in Georgia whose face was blown off with a flashbang grenade that exploded at temperatures that reach near 2000 degrees, during a SWAT raid while asleep in his crib by members of the Habersham County Sheriffs Department, near Atlanta. Bou Bou had $800,000 in emergency medical bills racked up, thus far the state refused to pay for and future surgeries to repair damage to his appearance.
“There’s still a hole in his chest that exposes his ribs. At least that’s what I’ve been told; I’m afraid to look.” – Salon.
The Phonesavanh family shared a space with the intended target of the SWAT raid.
This marks the fifth death as a result of police killings over a toy in recent memory and the second casualty related to the television program COPS.
Georgia, killed holding Nintendo controller, Christopher Roupe, 17.
Ohio, killed holding Airsoft rifle, John Crawford III, 22.
Pennsylvania, killed holding BB gun Odell W. Brown, 19.
California, killed holding Airsoft rifle, Andy Lopez , 13.
Update: Some confusion of events incorrectly remembered in the facts of the death of Aiyana Jones are that the SWAT raid was being filmed for the A&E reality show “The First 48.”