[News from October 7th, 2010]
Phoenix police Officer Richard Chrisman (left) killed Danny Frank Rodriquez.
...Chrisman and Virgillo, patrolling in separate vehicles, both responded to the call at 12:20 p.m. Virgillo said Fernandez asked them to go inside the trailer and talk to her son. When the man refused to let officers in, Virgillo said, Chrisman responded by holding his service weapon to the man's temple and stating that he didn't need a warrant.
Virgillo said Chrisman re-holstered his weapon but that a scuffle ensued inside. The officers attempted to subdue Rodriquez with a Taser and with pepper spray. Amid the struggle, Virgillo said, Chrisman shot a dog that was barking inside the trailer. As the struggle continued, Rodriquez tried to leave the trailer on a bicycle and grappled with the officers over the handlebars. As Rodriquez stood near the bike, Virgillo said, Chrisman raised his gun and fired. Paramedics declared Rodriquez dead at the scene. ... [LINK]
Michael Johnson, a former Phoenix homicide detective and the only African-American on the City Council, ... commended Virgillo for "coming forward" and "telling the truth" about the shooting. Other community leaders also praised Virgillo's actions. "He needs to be protected from peer scrutiny and publicly commended for his integrity to the sacred oath he lives by," said Adolfo Maldonado, a south Phoenix community activist who sits on the city's police-review task force. ...
Barbara Attard, a consultant who served as independent police auditor for excessive force cases in San Jose, gasped when portions of the initial report were read to her over the phone. "There is a thin blue line, and officers are very reluctant to testify against other officers," Attard said. "I think it's going to be a different kind of case than you usually see."
Look at the neck... Look at his neck! It's wider than his head!
For some reason, the phrase "steroid abuse" springs to mind. Maybe that will be his defense... Insanity caused by illegal drug abuse, specifically steroids.
Note - the above comments are pure speculation. There is no evidence that Officer 'Dick' Chrisman has abused steroids. Well... ...except for the obvious fact that his neck is wider than his head, and he appears to have "anger issues". But except for those, no evidence whatsoever.
PS: Virgillo should get an award and a fat bonus. Bless his heart.