The justice system fails again after a killer cop doesn’t even get jail time for slaughtering an unarmed man with his hands on the steering wheel of his vehicle.
A former Texas police officer only received 9 months of probation for shooting at an unarmed man 41 times and killing him, after a police chase in 2012.
Patrick Wayne Tuter, 37, pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor count of discharging a firearm, according to the Dallas Morning News.
The incident began when Tuter spotted a white pickup truck just after midnight on Aug. 31, 2012. The truck had been involved in a police chase just two days earlier. When the driver, 25-year-old Michael Vincent Allen, made an evasive turn at a red light, the chase began. They reached speeds of 100 miles an hour before stopping in a cul-de-sac.
Other officers even testified at the officer’s trial last year that they were more frightened of Tuter than of the man he shot and killed. Authorities say he fired 41 shots at Allen, reloading his gun at least twice. Three of the rounds hit Allen, killing him.
Prosecutors called Tuter a rogue cop who “acted recklessly” when he opened fire in a neighborhood. He was the only officer that fired any shots during the killing, according to Guns.com.
One officer on the scene later testified that he thought there was an active gun battle happening, but Tuter was actually the only person shooting.
Officer William Norris testified that he was close to the action, and the suspect had his hands on the steering wheel. He also said he didn’t fear for his life until Tuter opened fire.
Contradicting officer Norris’s statement, defense attorneys argued that Tuter feared for his life because he saw Allen reach down for something in the vehicle.
Tuter was fired from the Garland Police Department in 2013.