93-year old woman dead as policeman claims deadly force
Typically the use of deadly force may be necessary in an occupation that often rallies against some of the most violent people in our society. However, eyebrows rose after a policeman in Texas claimed deadly force to subdue a 93-year old woman. The senior citizen died after being shot by the on duty policeman in her home.
The police department quickly dismissed policeman Stephen Stem from duty following the incident and the consequent uproar. This was an understandable measure to take considering the questions surrounding the occurrence. However, Stem is fighting the dismissal, declaring that it was unfair.
His attorney made a few equally questionable statements by introducing the 93-year old's race into the picture. The attorney gave hints of a "witch-hunt" enveloping Stem just because of the woman's race and gender.
Their story paints a noticeably different picture of the shooting by claiming the victim was wildly waving a handgun in the air despite the determent of the officers. When she would not release the gun, Stem stated that she was shot. What do you believe? Was this whole scenario based upon gender or race? Did other factors come into play? Let us know what you think below!