Brendan Hester, 23, remains in critical condition in the MetroHealth ICU after being shot twice by an Ashtabula police officer on June 2. The police version of the events is under fire for being apparently fabricated.
The official police narrative goes like this: Hester was shot by Ashtabula, Ohio police officers last week after officers responding to a 911 call found two men scuffling in a home, one holding a weapon. The police ordered the man to drop the gun, but when he refused, the officers shot him. After searching the home, police found drug paraphernalia, scales, illegal narcotics and a substantial sum of money, according to The Root.
The police story tries to make us think they had no choice besides shoot the man who was pointing a gun at another person. So they were serving and protecting right?
As expected, the officer that shot the man in his own home is on paid leave.
Except witnesses at the scene say that none of this story is true. The witnesses agree that the actual story is more like this, according to The Root:
It all began early on the morning of June 2, when 23-year-old Brendan Hester called 911 after he found an intruder in the home he shares with his brother.
But unlike the police version of the incident, which completely failed to mention that the victim of the police shooting was the occupant of the home, witnesses tell a story that diverges from the standard narrative that police gave initially. The Root spoke with Jacqueline Greene, the Hester family’s attorney, who described a much different account of the incident.
Greene told us that police have been close-lipped about the incident since issuing an initial statement to the media, none of which appears to be verifiable. Almost every detail of the police story is disputed by the actual witnesses on the scene, Green told us.
What is verifiable is that the girlfriend of Brendan’s brother dialed 911 while Brendan held the intruder at gunpoint until the police arrived, protecting his brother, the girlfriend and Brendan’s young nephew, who was also in the home. Police showed up around 5:14 a.m., according to reports.
“Police have reported that they ordered Brendan to drop the gun, however, this is not true,” Greene told us. “They didn’t order him to drop the gun. Brendan was shot immediately upon the police entrance into the home, and there was no scuffle going on at the time the police entered that house.
“The police have not made any claim that Brendan was a threat of serious physical harm to anybody in that space,” Greene noted. “We just find the circumstances highly suspicious and are pushing for a thorough investigation.”
As for the mounds of dope and drug money the cops found? According to Green, police found a small amount of marijuana and an amount of cash that “any working person would be carrying around.”
Hester’s cousin, Alex Spangler, spoke on behalf of the family, “Brendan is not a criminal, not did he deserve to be shot,” he said. “Brendan is a victim, and his life matters. … We are devastated, but we are committed to seeing the police department held accountable for their actions. We deserve an apology. We deserve a full and thorough investigation by BCI.”
Help spread the word of this police shooting far and wide to help the family hold the shooter accountable, as well as anyone involved in fabricating the police story.
(Article By Jeremiah Jones)