This is a reprint from US World Report and my first question is:- where are the radical, racist “BLACK LIVES MATTER” demonstrators. Why are they not blocking streets and invading office buildings, shouting slogans to further their own cause in defense of this black man who has been shot by a police officer?
It’s referred to as a routine traffic stop, but believe me, no traffic stop should ever be considered routine. Watch this police vehicle dash cam video then read below and tell me in this instance whose life mattered most..!
I am former military and former law enforcement and I can tell you from experience; at least on the battle field most of the time you can tell who the enemy is, but on the street as a law enforcement officer, you are basically blind with one hand tied behind your back. “ALL LIVES MATTER”. If Americans supported law enforcement to their fullest, there would be fewer incidents such as this.
A new dash-cam video has been released by Florida’s Indian River County’s Sheriff’s Department that shows exactly why police officers have to be on their guard at all times and treat every suspect, no matter what their race, as a possible danger.
Every police officer knows that any traffic stop can flip from, just another day, to a dangerous situation that they might not return home from, in a matter of seconds. They cannot know who has hidden weapons, and they cannot know who has the intent to use them.
That is exactly what happened to Indian River County Sheriff’s Deputy Christopher Lester when he pulled over Anderew Coffee, 52.
The traffic stop occurred when Lester noticed that Coffee did not have a tag on his scooter. In the video, Lester can be heard telling the suspect not to reach into his pockets and put his hands on the hood of the police cruiser.
Coffee, seemed to comply, but then turned back to the officer and asked, “What’s the problem.”
Lester insisted that Coffee put his hands on the hood, and that’s when the suspect punched the police officer. Coffee then reached into his waistband, pulled out a gun, and ran over to where the officer fell off screen.
Though the actual shooting cannot be seen from the footage, the Sheriff’s Department have said that Coffee stood over Lester and fired down at him. Lester was able to fire back, and allegedly struck Coffee twice. The suspect is then seen limping across the road as he tries to flee the scene. Police were able to apprehend Coffee when a K-9 unit found him hiding behind a stack of crates at a nearby fruit packaging company.
Deputy Lester is recovering at the Indian River Medical Center and is described as being in good condition, while Coffee is undergoing surgery at Lawnwood Medical Center, and is described as being in stable condition.
Channel 5 West Palm Beach TV reports that Coffee was released from prison last year after serving a 21 year prison sentence for first degree murder. He has a long rap sheet that includes aggravated assault, possession of cocaine, battery, sale of cocaine, and first degree murder with a firearm.
Though it is unclear how Coffee, a convicted felon, obtained a firearm, it further demonstrates how gun laws do not prevent criminals from obtaining them.
The entire scene on the dash-cam video took less than one minute to play out, and shows how a simple traffic stop can turn into potential murder scene in the blink of an eye.