April 2017. An unarmed Michael Dial led police officers and deputies on a slow chase through two Tennessee counties. Instead of telling his deputies to ram Dial and his 1976 pickup truck off the road, White County Sheriff Oddie Shoupe issued the order to ‘take him out’.
Kill Michael Dial
In other words, kill him.
To kill him for what? For fleeing from law enforcement officers?
Dial was unarmed. He was driving a 40-year-old pickup truck with a fully loaded trailer. It was impossible for him to get away. Eventually, he would have run out of gas and stopped.
Police originally tried to pull Dial over for driving with a suspended license. He refused to stop and kept on driving. When DeKalb County deputies reached the county line, they dropped back and let the White County deputies take over.
A fatal mistake. Those boys smelt blood and were in the mood to kill.
One of the DeKalb County deputies told investigators it was “more like a funeral procession than a highway chase. Speeds topped out around 50mph.”
The deputies in White County tried using the PIT (Pursuit Intervention Technique) maneuver to stop Dial.
Sheriff Oddie Shoupe, who did not participate in the chase, radioed deputies and told them not to do that. Instead, he ordered them to shoot the driver.
Don’t Scratch The Wax
Before you damage the patrol cars, shoot and kill Michael Dial. And that’s what they did. Better to shoot and kill one American citizen than to scratch the wax on a cop car.
Shoupe’s command was nothing more than an order to execute a man for refusing to stop for police. That’s a plain fact.
Since when is that a capital offense in The United States? Usually, before the state, or an officer of the state, executes someone, there is a trial, a conviction, and a lengthy appeals process.
Micheal Dial had no appeal process. He had no trial. He wasn’t even arrested.
But Sheriff Oddie Shoupe ordered his deputies to shoot the driver of that 40-year-old pickup dead anyhow.
Just Following Orders
And the deputies did that. They followed orders.
It appears that no one in White County, Tennessee, knows the meaning of ‘due process’ of law.
During the low-speed chase, Dial rammed his pickup into several cop cars. Yeah, big deal, so what. And he drove into oncoming traffic and ran red lights, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI).
Yoo, driving into oncoming traffic and running red lights is not a capital offense. That is not a legal reason for murder. At least not outside of the United States in civilized countries.
But the way it now is, whenever someone runs from a cop they run a very high risk of being shot and killed, whether they are armed or not. Whether they have committed a crime or not. And the shooting is considered justified. Always.
The FBI classifies these shootings as ‘legal killings.’
Eventually, two officers pursuing Dial fired shots into his vehicle. Kind of like back in the old Wild West, but this time instead of riding horses they were driving high-powered patrol cars. It makes the shooting a lot more fun cause they don’t have to worry about falling off their horses and looking like complete idiots.
Dial’s 40-year-old pickup careened off the highway, went down an embankment and into a bunch of trees. And that’s when the real shooting started. Bullets were flying everywhere.
Watch the videos and see for yourself.
Michael Dial was fatally shot in the head by Reserve Deputy Adam West. West, off-duty, got involved by driving his own personal vehicle into the chase.
We wonder if he heard the order to use deadly force and wanted to get his share of meat before the fun ended? Yes, probably so. Why else would he join the chase and then start shooting at the soonest possible moment?
Home Alone and Bored?
So how did that work out, Adam? Were you sitting at home alone? Bored? Needing something to do? And then you heard about this chase over the
radio and decided to get a piece of that action?
And then, once you shoot Dial dead, you break down like a baby and show remorse.
Adam, you dumb-ass, what do you think happens to people who you shoot in the head? You think they gonna give you a hug and a kiss and an atta-boy award? Your sheriff might, but not the person you shot that’s for goddamn sure.
Lord, I swear, Adam, you don’t use the brains you were born with.
And just because someone gives an order to kill someone doesn’t mean you got to do it. You only kill someone because you want to or because you have to. And you did not have to kill Michael Dial.
We lost tens of thousands of American lives in the 1940s fighting fascism in Europe to stop that kind of behavior. And here you go, doing just what any Nazi would do when giving the order to use deadly force. You shot and killed a man without question and without giving him a chance to surrender.
Do you even know why you shot him?
And your Sheriff Oddie Shoupe, a good old boy, what kind of man is this to order the death of someone because he doesn’t want his patrol cars getting scratched up?
Yeah, good old Oddie, he’s a crusty old bastard. He talks the talk and walks the walk. A real man’s man. Someone people can look up to. He’s got that testosterone dripping out of his ears. Police apologists and Wyatt Earp wannabes love this guy.
Yes, that’s right. But, he’s so dumb he didn’t realize that after the shooting one of the deputies had a bodycam turned on and was inadvertently recording his conversations.
It’s Oddie, Not Opie
Good Old Boy Oddie said, “If they don’t think I’ll give the damn order to kill that motherfucker they’re full of shit. I love this shit. God, I tell you what, I thrive on it.”
And, also: “They said ‘we’re ramming him,’” Sheriff Oddie Shoupe said on tape in the aftermath of the killing of Michael Dial. “I said, ‘Don’t ram him, shoot him.’ Fuck that shit. Ain’t gonna tear up my cars.”
The sheriff arrived on the scene shortly after police killed Dial.
“I love this shit,” Shoupe said. “God, I tell you what, I thrive on it.”
We bet he does. And why do we believe he does? Becauseoue just told us, God, and the entire world on a bodycam recording. When your balls are that big why should we doubt him?
Dumber Than The Law Allows
And then Oddie just keeps running his mouth. This dumb hillbilly does not know when to shut up.
We quote: “If they don’t think I’ll give the damn order to kill that motherfucker they’re full of shit,” he added, laughing. “Take him out. I’m here on the
damn wrong end of the county,” he said.
Watch the videos and see for yourself.
According to the bodycam footage, Sheriff Oddie Shoupe comforted West by telling him he did exactly as he was ordered.
“You don’t have to worry about this,” Oddie says. “I made the decision. You don’t have to worry about it. I took that away from y’all. You don’t have to worry about nothing. Everything’s cool. You done exactly right.”
Shame On You
Well, no Adam, you did not do right. You did wrong, very wrong. Don’t listen to Oddie.
He also told Adam West to call his wife and tell her he’s alright. Nice guy that sheriff, very considerate. But what are they going to tell Michael Dial’s wife when they call her?
Those comments from spurred Dial’s widow, Robyn Dial, to file a federal lawsuit against Shoupe and the officers involved in the shooting. The lawsuit alleged the officers used excessive force against her husband, who was unarmed.
“It was not only inappropriate but also unconscionable for Defendant Shoupe to give the order to use deadly force,” the filing states, calling his decision proof of a “malicious and sadistic mindset”. The suit also names the county, the city of Sparta and the two officers who fired their weapons.
“The comments as seen on the video are extremely disturbing. I’m not sure how anybody can thrive on the taking of a life, let alone somebody in law enforcement,” Dial’s attorney David Weissman told the Guardian.
More Problems Than He’s Worth
This is not the first time Sheriff Oddie Shoupe has been investigated.
He has used a state law from the 1850s to justify searching people’s homes without a search warrant. He says he does not need a search warrant to enter people’s homes if officers believe a fugitive is inside.
The United States Supreme Court says otherwise. They say law enforcement officers need a search warrant before entering the home of someone not listed on an arrest warrant.
But hell’s bells, that’s just a minor technicality for Oddie. “If we’ve got reasonable probable cause we will make an entry.”
If you want to read more about Sheriff Oddie Shoupe’s ignorance of the law regarding search warrants and arrest warrants click here.
A Piece Of Work
Sheriff Oddie Shoupe and his law enforcement officers are the standard bearers for policing in the United States nowadays.
They can do whatever they want, to whoever they want, whenever they want, and will not face any consequences. Ever.
That’s just the way it works. It is not going to get better.
In June, the county district attorney declared the shooting justified.
We are not surprised. This is typical.
And now, to get back to our headline, “Did Sheriff Oddie Shoupe Order The Execution of an Unarmed Man”?
Well yes, it kind of looks like it, don’t you think so?
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