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Cop who refused to fire black man wins damages

Stephen Mader, 27, filed a lawsuit against the city of Weirton, West Virginia, following his exclusion from its police force in Jun 2016.

It was reported at the time that the former officer refused to fire on the man since he believed he was trying to get himself shot.

The gun the man was carrying was after found to be unloaded.

It has now emerged that Mr Mader, a former Marine, has been awarded a allotment of $175,000 for prejudicial dismissal.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which corroborated his case, pronounced when the officer arrived on the stage at a domestic occurrence he found a man named as R J Williams in a “visibly distraught” state.

When the white officer told Williams to dump the arms he was carrying, he refused and told Mr Mader to fire him, according to the ACLU.

“Rather than shoot, Mader returned to his military training and attempted to de-escalate the situation,” the ACLU comment said.

“He malleable his voice, looked Williams in the eye and said: ‘I’m not going to fire you, brother. I’m not going to fire you’.”

Two some-more officers arrived on the stage and one of them fired 4 shots, killing Williams.

Officials with Weirton City authorities after explain Mader “froze”. As a result, they fired him.

The officer who fired the shots that left Williams passed was privileged of any wrongdoing.

The occurrence came at a time when tensions were lifted after a series of shootings of black men by white officers.

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