Richard Chrisman, Daniel Rodriguez's Autopsy Report, and PLEA's Spin

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Forget the spin on Chrisman. Let a jury decide.

As a follow-up to my colleague James King's recent blog item on Daniel Rodriguez's autopsy report and the fact that meth was found in his system, I'm posting the Maricopa County Medical Examiner's findings, here.

One thing to keep in mind, a fact some seem to be conveniently forgetting: the cause of Daniel's death on October 5 was not meth. It was two bullets fired from the gun of Phoenix police officer Richard Chrisman.

The spin has already begun over at the Web site for the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association, the union representing the Phoenix Police Department's rank and file.

Rodriguez, 29, was "high on methamphetamine." And according to PLEA, the amount of meth and amphetamines in Rodriguez's system indicates "a multiple day `binge'" that would have "likely left the suspect volatile and aggressive."

So, you know, Rodriguez deserved to die.

What about the dog, for whom there's no toxicology report, as is the case with Chrisman?

"Medical reports also indicate that the dog that acted in a threatening manner and was ultimately shot, weighed 49.5 lbs," PLEA reports.

Hmmm, almost 50 pounds, eh? Not exactly a bichon frise. But no mastiff either. Not by a long shot.

How does PLEA know that the pooch "acted in a threatening manner"? According to Officer Sergio Virgillo, the other cop on hand that day, the dog was in no way a danger to the two officers.

"The dog wasn't lunging," Virgillo told investigators, according to the police report on the shooting. "It was by the Television set in the home, barking."

Virgillo stated that Rodriguez did not sic the dog on them. And Chrisman did not try to Tase the dog or pepper spray it. He just shot and killed it.

The necropsy on the dog backs up Virgillo's account. The medical examiner found two gunshot wounds on the dog: at the left ear, and on the dog's torso.

Following this, after Chrisman and Rodriguez struggled some more, Chrisman shot and killed Rodriguez. They had been struggling before the dog was killed, and Rodriguez had been pepper sprayed, and Tased twice.

Rodriguez was trying to leave the dwelling with his bicycle when he was killed. Rodriguez's mother later told investigators that the South Phoenix trailer home they lived in was actually in Rodriguez's name.

Since PLEA is so interested in the dog's weight, it's worth noting Rodriguez's. According to the autopsy, Rodriguez weighed 141 pounds, and was five feet, six inches tall.

Did meth turn Rodriguez into the Incredible Hulk?

Two Phoenix police officers, trained in hand-to-hand combat, were not able to subdue him, though he was unarmed. (Yeah, there was a sheathed knife in his right back pants pocket. But it was never brandished.)

Virgillo explained to investigators that, "From what I can remember, when I saw Officer Chrisman raise his gun in front of him, I believe Daniel took a step back and put his hands up."

Also Virgillo stated that he felt the use of deadly force was unnecessary. And there's the incident described by Virgillo as the two cops entered the home in response to a 911 call from Rodriguez's mother. 

Rodriguez reportedly told the cops they didn't have the right to come into his home without a warrant. Virgillo said that Chrisman put his gun to Rodriguez's head and told him, "Yes, we do, motherfucker."

As far as Chrisman goes, there's the fact he's on the Brady List, the blacklist for bad cops, for planting a crack pipe on a homeless woman. And he's being investigated by the Phoenix PD for his alleged involvement in the South Mountain off-duty pay scandal.

That aside, he deserves his day in court and is innocent until proven guilty of the second degree murder charge hanging over his head. A jury must decide whether or not the use of force was justified, whether Virgillo's account is credible, and how big of a factor the meth in Rodriguez's system was.

Just remember, the jury gets to make that call. Not the axe-grinders at the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association.


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melocombsmith
melocombsmith

I hope they convict Chrisman, he's a dirty cop.  And the fact that his partner would testify to that he murdered the guy tells you something.  Most cops will cover and lie for each other, this one didn't.

Ffgf
Ffgf

So what was the verdict?

Aussie_jim
Aussie_jim

 As a non-American I find some of the comments below disturbing. With views like this you cannot sustain the values of your great country. May justice be served.

Jessica_jjohnson
Jessica_jjohnson

Maybe chrisman shot a man but im guessing a guy on meth hummm sorry to stereo type hispanic kind of gangster. how many homes did he break into or people did he kill. he could have killed one of our family members. meth does make people do stupid crap. it just another meth head that deserved what he got. things happen for a reason. i dont think chrisman is guilty. i think maybe he felt threatened. i mean if you were in that position and you had a dog barking at you on the side and a guy high on meth on the other what would you do run....

its called karma....

just think of it as he took another junkie off the streets. another meth head that in due time will not be missed or remembered. its hard for a person to quit something so addicting. he only stopped the guy from suffering.

ExpertShot
ExpertShot

MAN! This guy's picture is creepier than Jarod Loughners' loony look.

Richard Milhouse Nixon
Richard Milhouse Nixon

"When the president does something... then it is NOT illegal."

That seems to be what too many officials think. "I'm a cop, I can blast whomever I want to"... Richard Chrisman

Chrisman ? Guilty as charged. Felony murder II... 15 to 25 years.

J Curwen
J Curwen

The meth allegation and the dog are both red herrings. The cops apparently shot someone in cold blood.

My money says he walks. Cops almost always do, regardless of how egregious their behavior.

GENO
GENO

I find the discussion of the dog's weight quite absurd and lame. Especially when the dog was not deemed a threat at the time before its death. Evidently, however i find the actions of Officer Chrisman woefully unjustified in all of this. I have to agree with assertion that he is guilty of murder.

Guest
Guest

Virgillo's credibility will be shredded during the trial. His wife's felony convictions and proven ties to the Mexican cartels, along with the inside Drug Task Force intelligence Virgillo passed on to his wife (which led to his removal from the Task Force) will make a mockery of his allegations.I see you've conveniently forgotten to report those facts about the accuser, Virgillo, Lemons. But you and your readers aren't interested in facts, just hating authority with a racist twist.

Johnny White Man
Johnny White Man

So METH makes people "aggressive", why wasn't that trigger-happy cop ever tested for METH? Or how about STEROIDS? That asswipe was clearly "aggressive" and a danger to the community which he served, and thus has a criminal background and placed on THE BRADY's LIST. WTF was he doing in uniform???? That fucking faggot is a disgrace to LEAs everywhere!!!

Send that asshole off to jail. Make that KKKracker pay for his crimes.

Pecee69
Pecee69

was a toxicology screen done on Chrisman?

Guest
Guest

Maybe instead of your continued crusade against law enforcement officers here in America, doing the job they were sworn to do, maybe you should direct your bleeding heart driven hatred to the brutality in Mexico. Over 8000 brutally murdered and either butchered or dipped in acid.

This is among the worst cartel death scenes I have ever seen. If you don't think you can handle it don't go there but if you need a reminder as to the sort of psychotic brutality these cartels are capable of check out this unbelievable scene in Acapulco.

http://www.kfiam640.com/cc-com...

I have seen so much of this coming out of Mexico that I am becoming desensitized. However I admit that this scene is just about as bad as it gets. They've gotten rather "creative" no?

Maryvaleprecinct
Maryvaleprecinct

I hope Chrisman gets convicted and goes to prison with all the other criminals . Don't have mercy cause he is a cop . He is a crazy cop vigilante and we don't need him carrying a gun and supposibly protecting and serving us . Hope he gets beat up or murdered in prison for what he did

guest
guest

not feeling any sympathy for the dead tweaker. the world will not miss him.

Methkills
Methkills

Im glad Chrisman took another meth head off my streets. Meth may not have been directly what killed the druggie...but it is what caused him to take agressive actions against a cop....and that combination gets you dead, as you can see.

If youre on meth, your smoking satans semen.

LouisL
LouisL

Excuse me Jessica, but did you even think this through? How can you justify using deadly force against an *unarmed* individual who's running *away* from you? I don't care if the guy was on drugs or being uncooperative. Merely being a drug user or failing to follow a cop's orders is not something that deserves a death sentence. The law is pretty clear that you don't have a right to take another person's life unless he's creating an immediate threat against your own life (or somebody else's), and I don't see how that happened here.

Jessica_jjohnson
Jessica_jjohnson

Maybe chrisman shot a man but im guessing a guy on meth hummm sorry to stereo type hispanic kind of gangster. how many homes did he break into or people did he kill. he could have killed one of our family members. meth does make people do stupid crap. it just another meth head that deserved what he got. things happen for a reason. i dont think chrisman is guilty. i think maybe he felt threatened. i mean if you were in that position and you had a dog barking at you on the side and a guy high on meth on the other what would you do run....

its called karma....

just think of it as he took another junkie off the streets. another meth head that in due time will not be missed or remembered. its hard for a person to quit something so addicting. he only stopped the guy from suffering.

Rjsauntman
Rjsauntman

It so funny, I sit and read all these posts and I really don't know how to respond. First lets look at officer Virgillo's testimony ( you can read it on PLEA'S website) hmmm when he showed up on scene he was on his cell phone,didn't go directly into the house. Finally makes entry dog is barking Rodriguez is being aggressive. Pepper spray is used, Virgillo has to leave the residence because Its to overpowering, he leaves officer Chrisman in the house alone. So tell me how the fuck does officer Virgillo know what happened. He was too much of a little bitch to go back into the residence. He didn't go back till the shots were fired. As far as I'm concerned none of us know shit we weren't there. Do not judge unless you want to be judged yourself.

Why Not Ask A Tweaker ?
Why Not Ask A Tweaker ?

I'm going to guess that you are...A. RepublicanB. Homebound by some handicap.C. A former police officerD. A surreptitious Meth smoker

I haven't read anything that incriminates Officer Virgillo's credibility.So what if he's married to a cartel shill. How do you think the never-ending dope train into the U.S.stays on track ???

StephenLemons
StephenLemons

So what exactly is Virgillo's motive for lying, Guest?

I don't hate "authority." But I'm not a big fan of shooting unarmed men or planting crack pipes on homeless women, particularly when cops do it.

jessica
jessica

and it is a mandatory screening done on all officers so was a toxicology done on chrisman? that answer would be yes it was

i dont think the phoenix police department would ever let an officer that failed a toxicology screening serve on th streets. they wouldnt be functional. yes some of them are assholes but they are just hard on people, dumb people at that.

Why Not Ask A Tweaker ?
Why Not Ask A Tweaker ?

Mr. Guest...It is too bad you choose to publically comment on subjects that you obviously have no familiarity with.1. I seem to find that New Times is a crusading journal. However, its premise is not one of "liberal bleeding hearted haterism" as you perceive it to be. More realistically "NT" crusades against those officials who flagrantly abuse the law they intend to enforce upon others. For those who represent it should abide by it as well.2. The 8000 murders south of the border are a result of contemporary U.S.- Mexico government incompetence in enforcing laws, that in reality, neither side wants to have enforced. The drug cartels will never be defeated nor driven from power. They exist on in the same way the Taliban exists... they both take better care of the local citizenry than does the federal governing bodies do. So while US forces or Mexico's military pretend to enforce the global demands for justice, the local folks in the Middle East and Mexico, respectively, are on the side of the bad guys.3. President Richard M. Nixon was the first to enact the mindlessly laughable "War on Drugs", even appointing a drug czar in 1971. And now, after a full 40 years, illegal street drugs are more of a feature of the American culture than ever before. 4. Since 2003, the battle royal over turf rights being so brutally fought in Mexico is for the trade in Methamphetamine. According to a U.S. DEA white paper, the importing of Meth into the United States generates annual revenues of $45,000,000,000.00. Meth also has a 70% profit markup. If you think for one goddamned minute that anyone on either side of the border is going to do anything to stop this kind of revenue, then you, my friend, are the one whose under the influence.5. Meth production had to go south of the border when U.S. gov. outlawed Ephedrine, the most important constituent compenent in Methamphetamine. And so the turf wars began in earnest. Meth is the mother of all monsters, and you ain't gonna stop it. Not now... not ever.

I will be glad to listen to any arguments that controvert what I've just stated.Steve Tracy... Phoenix...

RobberBaron
RobberBaron

if u offed all the meth heads in this hillbilly state, ud reduce the population by half. and methkills relatives with them.

bobgelder
bobgelder

So all meth user deserve to die?

Rjsauntman
Rjsauntman

His motive for lying is he wasn't in the house he was outside on his personal cell taking personal calls when he should have had his fellow officers back. When pepper spray was used the little bitch had to leave the residence again leaving a fellow officer on his own.

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