Phoenix Police Department Keeps Officer Clint Brookins on Patrol as Family of Victim Files Suit
Courtesy of Cleo Daily The late Zach Pithan with his mom Cleo Daily, in a photo taken during their last Christmas together, December 2012.
So here's a joke that was, until just recently, on the public Facebook page for Phoenix Police Officer Clint Brookins:
"How many cops does it take to get a suspect downstairs?"
"None, he fell."
The joke could be written off as dark humor, as could many of Brookins' other posts from 2010 to 2013.
From Brookins' disabled Facebook account...
"Tired as a motherfucker," he posted August 14, 2010. "Hope no one pushes my buttons. LMAO."
Earlier that year, the Iraq War veteran mentioned: "I woke up today having flashbacks. I was sweating, felt horrible. It hasn't affected me in a long time."
On September 15, 2010, he wrote: "What a nice day . . . I should kill something."
Brookins also admitted in the posts to not getting enough sleep and to anger issues.
"Have you ever just wanted to slap a bitch???" he wondered one day, later noting that "my woman calmed me down."
He stated that he was a sniper while in the Army. He also discussed being an avid hunter and posted a photo of himself in the wilderness with the body of a bighorn sheep he apparently had just killed.
In one post, he offered what you could call the sniper's version of the "serenity prayer":
"God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot shoot, the courage to shoot the things I can, and the wisdom to hide the rest."