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Local Police Officer Dealt Devastating 1-Week Paid Leave for Killing Black Man While Off-Duty

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Local Police Officer Dealt Devastating 1-Week Paid Leave for Killing Black Man While Off-Duty

7.28.17

This article was originally written by Corey Rennolds at The Rival UMD in July 2016.

WALDORF, MD—A Charles County law enforcement officer has found himself in hot water after shooting an unarmed black man to death while off-duty and now faces a crippling one-week paid leave as punishment.

Witnesses claim that Officer Gerald Broussard was spending his day off shopping for groceries at the Giant on Crain Highway yesterday afternoon when he noticed a black man reaching through the cracked window of a 2001 Ford Taurus, the make and model of Broussard’s own vehicle, in the parking lot. Broussard approached the black man from behind and told him to freeze, which caused the man to turn around quickly. Broussard reportedly then reached for his concealed sidearm and pointed it at the black man, shouting at him to “get on the ground” before unloading three 9-millimeter rounds into the man’s chest just two seconds later. The black man, later identified as Ernie Myers of St. Charles, was pronounced dead at the scene. Myers was 34.

Police investigators determined that the Ford Taurus in fact belonged to Myers, who was unarmed and had accidentally locked himself out of his car. Broussard’s Taurus, sharing the same forest green paint job, was located in the next lane over.

“I guess I overreacted,” said Broussard. “Oops.”

Sheriff Troy Berry had no choice but to place Broussard on one week’s paid leave for killing the unarmed black man while off-duty.

“If any member of the Charles County Sheriff’s Office is going to kill black citizens, criminals or otherwise, they need to be on-duty and wearing the Charles County Police Officer’s uniform. We can’t just have our men and women going around shooting black folks willy-nilly when it’s not their shift,” said Sheriff Berry in an interview this morning.

“A week’s paid leave is no joke. There’s no opportunity for overtime pay. Especially not for this incident—Officer Broussard killed that black man on his own time.”

A remorseful Officer Broussard told Rival reporters he’s learned his lesson.

“I’m definitely leaving my gun at home from now on when I’m off the clock, just in case I come across any other black people. I gotta learn to relax and not take my work home with me.”

This latest incident comes just two weeks after a black man in Salisbury was beaten and hospitalized by a city police officer for walking his dog, which the officer had mistakenly assumed was stolen.
Article by Corey Rennolds @CoreyRennolds. Note: this article is satire.