Disturbing Video Shows Cops Shoot Fleeing Man In The Back, Killing Him – No Charges

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Disturbing body camera video shows two Topeka cops open fire on a man as he ran away from them, killing him. Neither of the officers were charged.

Topeka, KS — A 911 call over a disturbance in a local park would come to a violent end as police opened fire on a fleeing man earlier this year. The two officers would dump multiple rounds into the man’s back, killing him. After police investigated themselves, this week, the officers who fired their weapons, killing 30-year-old Dominique White have been justified in their use of force.

The incident began on the morning of Septemeber 28 at 9:20 a.m. when officers with the Topeka police department said someone called to report shots being fired during a disturbance in Ripley Park. Police said the caller noted that both of the people involved in the disturbance were still in the park.

Two unnamed officers responded to the call and within only minutes, White would be fatally shot.

In a press conference after the shooting, Topeka police Lt. Colleen Stuart explained that officers who arrived at the scene “encountered a suspicious person in the area.” While investigating the individual, Stuart said, officers saw that he had a handgun.

“In the process of trying to secure the firearm, the individual struggled with officers and attempted to flee,” Stuart said. “While fleeing from officers, the individual reached for the pocket containing the firearm, causing the officers to fire their weapons.”

The statement from the Topeka police department contradicted the report from the officers which said White had a firearm but it never once said White was fleeing when they shot him.

“We are not confirming or disputing anything the Topeka Police Department has released, but I would point out that what we released and what they released are not conflicting,” Lawrence police officer Drew Fennelly said in an email after the shooting.

In spite of this glaring discrepancy from the start, the Lawrence Police Department was allowed to investigate their neighbors in the Topeka department. On November 29, they sent the results of their “investigation” to the District Attorney’s office who took the department’s word and cleared the officers.

“It is my decision that the use of force in this matter was lawful under Kansas law and the United States Constitution. It is further my opinion that no reasonable judge or jury would find the actions of either officer involved in this matter to be unlawful,” the DA’s statement read.

A key claim made by the Lawrence Police Department in clearing the officers was that White ” hovered his left hand over the pocket containing the gun, making him a threat to use deadly force” as he ran away.

However, when reviewing the body camera footage—released publicly this week—White doesn’t appear to be hovering his hand over the pocket at all when police open fire. He simply appears to be running away.

White’s shooting was so disturbing that immediately after witnessing it, dozens of people began gathering around the officers in protest.

In response, several dozen officers from the Topeka Police Department, the Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office, and the Kansas Highway Patrol were called in to quash the dissent.

Although the department never released the officers’ names, according to a report from the Topeka-Capital Journal, the video shows one of the officers is Michael Cruse, who was a figure in two other high-profile incidents: the fatal shooting of a retired judge’s dog in 2015 and the 2002 traffic death of a man he struck with his vehicle during a high-speed response to a burglar alarm.

To illustrate how easily frightened Cruse is, the dog he shot in 2015 was a tiny miniature Doberman-pinscher-boxer mix. It weighed only 26 pounds and was securing the family’s backyard.

In the 2002 incident, Cruse killed an innocent 61-year-old man, was sentenced to a year in jail for vehicular homicide—but was rehired by the department a year later. You cannot make this up.

When watching the video below ask yourself if this incident could’ve been handled without killing White. Indeed, the video and subsequent lack of charges in this case now set a disturbing precedent—cops can shoot and kill a fleeing man in the back, on video, lie about it in their report, and face no consequences.

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  • jimmy joe

    Why should anybody be surprised!! The “laws” that are forced upon us, the americans, by threat of violence, DO NOT APPLY TO GOVT PIGS OR THEIR FAMILIES!!

    • Dooley Knoted

      This is why we need a national database:
      Name
      Department
      Address
      Spouses name and daily agenda
      Children’s names and daily agenda
      ALL assets
      Everyone knows where at least one pig lives.
      The next time you have to deal with these pukes; wouldn’t you feel a little safer showing them a file on their own personal information?
      Let’s call it the PIGSTICKER app!🤔😎

      • jimmy joe

        I had a crazy idea as well, once their picture is posted EVERYWHERE in their communities, everyone involved with any type of service, selling groceries, gas, power, etc., deny them, like the pig in utah that fucked over the nurse, for example, deny them everywhere at every angle. Pretty soon they all have only one place left in the country they can go to get these services. You want to guess where that place is? The last greasy strong hold of greasy grease balls, dc!!! Then, once X amount of these greasers populate the greasy shit-hole of dc, well, then we can decide what to do with them at that point!

    • Archey

      Hey Jimmy, you sound like a little kid. Not a smart one either.

      • TickTock

        You’re not exactly a genius yourself there, Archibald.

  • James

    He had a felony conviction & still had a Gun?? Then the cops hired him knowing this?? I see a trillion dollar law suit here! He was not allowed to have a gun. Of to prison right there He goes. Now the death needs added in for a few million more on this!

    • Phil_Ossifer

      Cruse pled guilty to misdemeanor vehicular homicide and had 11 months of his 1-year sentence suspended. Could be that was a deal to keep him from having a felony on his record that would disqualify him from ever owning firearms or being a cop. The feds, however, consider anything that a judge could sentence you to one year or more for as a felony…so what’s up here? This guy should never have been rehired as a cop.

    • Wally D

      But its we the people that will pay for this.
      Like suing a corporation, it gets passed on to the end use. You and I.

    • K_Royer

      The whole episode is faked, shot at close range would have taken 2 if not 3 slugs. Our actor then lies down gently on the pavement – he doesn’t want to hurt himself for the next acting gig – and then plays dead.

      Why no cops – if they really were cops – not prosecuted? It was all a show. Propaganda if you have a gun the cops will kill you…So don’t carry a gun is the message!

      • TickTock

        The article states that witnesses gathered around the cops to protest, so apparently the dead guy should get an Oscar for bleeding out on cue.

  • My fellow Americans… Have you never heard of back guns? They are a Huge threat to Law Enforcement. This man could easily have been armed with such a dangerous weapon. I applaud this officers actions in the self defense shooting of this criminal. I hope he has a full recovery from having to use his service revolver.

  • Uncle Sham

    he was trying to run to his class at Harvard that he was late for!!!

  • Uncle Sham

    How to get shot by a cop Vol VI –

    Start fighting and trying to escape when the cops know you have a gun on you

  • Undecider

    It doesn’t matter if you’re in the right and the cop is in the wrong, don’t run away. You’re just asking for it.

    • Thank you Citizen. I can see you fully understand the meaning of compliance. We will have the justice department send you some brand new knee pads, we can see yours are definitely worn out.

      • TickTock

        Maybe they’ll send him Holder’s or Lynch’s personal set.

  • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

    So. . . is it time to use the cops’ own RoE against them yet?

    1. They were armed/unarmed/in bed/running away/held a WII controller.
    2. I was in fear for my life.
    3. They’re dead now.

    • TickTock

      “Stop resisting!”

  • political toilet

    In typical Israeli-trained fashion,…

  • It’s unfortunate he is dead, but WTF do you expect? He did not copperate with the police. He ran away. He had a gun. It does not excuse the excessive force by the police officer, but he brought this upon himself. The best way not to get killed by a trigger happy cop is not to break the law, and cooperate when your innocence is in question and you are being searched. This story is poorly written, biased and inflammatory.

    • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

      Dear Copsucker,

      Piss off.

      • Same to you deutschbag!

        • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

          And illiterate. . . why am I not surprised. . .

          Tell me – do you put ketchup on those pig boots before you lick them. . . or do you prefer the natural leather flavor?

      • darkhorse

        moron

        • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

          You truly are.

          So is the copsucker.

          You cretins were made for each other.

          • darkhorse

            how much do you get paid per click?

  • Ken S.

    Why couldn’t the cops simply run after the guy and tackle him? Too many donuts?

    • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

      Too skeerd. . .

  • Jamie Henry

    You never let someone who is armed and already accused of firing a weapon run and escape, it’s too dangerous to innocent bystanders. And to Ken S., you never tackle someone with a gun, you don’t want to be in close combat with them. I think the officers did the right thing.

  • rouge1

    A little just-us in the land of freedumb.

  • Workstillbroke

    This is what happens when you are a slow runner I guess? The guy was a dipshiz to run anyway. Sad

  • K_Royer

    The shooting looks faked to me. 1st shot fired at about 5 or 6 feet he didn’t even flinch continued to run despite being shot at I believe 4 more times. At this close range he would have go down like a sack of potatoes. Propaganda if you own a gun don’t carry it out in public or the police will kill you. A gun grab road show. I must admit this is one of the better faked shootings.

    Why the cops are not held responsible…No one was killed. The small crowd that formed were paid crowd on demand.

  • randy wellman

    BAM BAM BAM….STOP, OR I’LL SHOOT! BAM BAM BAM!……welcome to america, where the cops SHOOT FIRST, and ask questions NEVER….

  • randy wellman

    soooooo…………………. what are Y-O-U going to DO about it?……not a fucking THING.

    • TickTock

      How bout you? Gonna take a knee?

  • ripinandatearin

    Remember people….murdering cops live in your towns. Maybe just down the street. Take that to mean what you want. But justice is justice.

  • Uncle Sham

    go ahead and try exactly what this guy did you dumb mofka let us know how it goes

  • Another mental midget chimes in. Grow a brain!

  • gazoo3

    Whoever hired these psycho killer pigs needs to be executed for treason along with the pigs.

  • Archey

    Sorry but ALL people know that cops have guns and billy clubs and will use them to control the situation. If these mental giants would learn to just don’t argue with the cop there would be no trouble. I have been stopped by cops many times and had some nice ones and some real jerks. I never had any trouble with any of them. They have a sh&tty job to do and if you give them a hard time, expect them to give you a hard time! poke a snake enough and guess what??

    • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

      Hello, copsucker – nice of you to stop by and vomit nonsense.