Phoenix Police Department Keeps Officer Clint Brookins on Patrol as Family of Victim Files Suit

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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.

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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."

Read the lawsuit filed in federal court by attorney John J. Checkett on behalf of Pithan's mom Cleo Daily.

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."



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whateveryousay
whateveryousay topcommenter

Why did the neighbor call 911 on him?


Jukes
Jukes

If there were no other issues whatsoever, Brookins' Facebook postings alone should have deemed him unfit to carry a weapon on the streets.  In addition to being a lethal danger to the public, it's obvious that he also places his fellow officers in jeopardy.  The fact that he failed a psych exam is even more evidence that he is unfit for duty.  The citizens of Phoenix need to demand better from their police department's management than this idiotic and dangerous decision.

My sincere sympathy to Ms. Daily. 

MrDukeInAZ
MrDukeInAZ

How can the Phoenix PD keep this guy out there?? This was justifiable homicide?? Wasting a unarmed man before nonlethal force was even attempted?? Despicable. And these guys want to be thought of as professionals?? This police enablement culture is beyond disturbing. It's basically state sanctioned murder by those who are supposed to "protect" us. I mean a cop rolls up to my door I shouldn't be calculating the odds of whether or not a gun battle ensues! There's no one answer to fix this mess, but how about we start by not hiring war torn sociopaths, who have already failed other department's psych exams, as cops???? 

hannahl5
hannahl5

ok so im only 13 and i lost my cousin zach from a stupid cop that killed him wtf.... i loved him too. he was there for me... that is him and his mom cleo above.... i hope she is doing alright....

kvitkovskyi
kvitkovskyi

Bases on the facts as presented here, it does't look good for Brooking or the City of Phoenix. Cops do get away with murder as was the case in Chandler not long ago. This is something to consider as we remember officers that are killed in the line of duty.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Cops = cowardly homicidal scumbags with badges and guns

David Briggs
David Briggs

Is he above the law? Fuck no! I am tired of these lawless thugs getting paid vacations & slaps on the wrist when they trample our rights & break the laws. Book 'em, Danno!

johnlancaster85035
johnlancaster85035

Cops make "mucho denero".($$$$). Can we get our money s worth? 

Chris Hirsch
Chris Hirsch

How do they keep geting away with this type of crap. I bet he's been suspended with pay! WTF we need a new bill to pass, if you a cop and you harass, hurt, or kill any civilian the go to jail for 5 years, they are held to a higher standard and if they break that standard donzo.

Doc Russ
Doc Russ

Not surprised...land of the crAZies!

FRONTERA
FRONTERA

Everyone  should carry a pocket size copy of The Bill of Rights, "The Police State is Here".....name , address, Amendment V , Do not talk ,Only Say , "I WANT TO SPEAK WITH A LAWYER" ...

Nathan Schneider
Nathan Schneider

Holy sh*t. This guy is nuts. He should be getting psychiatric help, not being allowed to work as a police officer. Damn. I swear, every day something about Arizona depresses me.

Richard Davenport
Richard Davenport

No. he should be in jail or at least suspended pending investigation.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Why wasn't this officer placed on administrative leave following this incident?

He clearly poses a danger, both to himself and to the citizens of Phoenix. He should take medical retirement.

Original-American
Original-American

Its hard to believe this is case was classified as "justifiable homicide":

1.) All 3 officers had their hands on Pithan at the time of his merciless shooting death. And possibly their own life was jeopardized, not by Pithan but Brookins himself.

2.) Only "30 seconds" into the ordeal before Brookins decides to use lethal force. Firing two shots at close proximity to his fellow officers.

3.) Dealing with a 5'10 and overweight individual with possible health and mental issues.

4.) Officers were equipped with pepper sprays and Tasers. None of which were deployed. Both devices would have easily subdue the suspect with 4 officers present.


They need to fire his ass.

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

I keep sayin' and I keep sayin' that whenever a suspect is unarmed (with a gun, that is), responding officers should retreat quickly, regroup, call for backup and figure out what to do next. If any bystanders are in danger because the suspect is out of control, well that's different. The bottom line is that too many, way too many, suspects are shot dead and the authorities call that justifiable homicide. Lemons is correct that Officer Brookins' service in Iraq may have affected him greatly. Unfortunately, it seems to have caused him severe psychological damage to the extent that he is unsuited for police work. For that reason he should be placed on permanent disability status.

Jukes
Jukes

Does that qualify him for the death penalty?

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

No Robert, he shouldn't.

This officer clearly needs mental help. I don't feel safe with ticking time bombs like him on the police force.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@ConcernedCitizenAZ  the difference between those of us who recieved military training and the police is that people care about what happens with the police. (a few people on here are exceptions to that comment, and one recent encounter i had with one of them in particular stands out most to me...............johnnyquest..........................that right there is one damn commendable American and human being)

lisalisanoneya
lisalisanoneya

@eric.nelson745   Dear Phoenix Police department,Please don't forget we live in complex society. Different situations, call for different solutions.No more so then for Disabled individuals, who experience Anxiety attacks,Paranoid Schizophrenia.Delusional behavior and a tremendously amount of side affects from a "MEDICATED SOCIETY". If something is not working to defuse these situations ,and seek medical attention to these individuals,  then perhaps we should look elsewhere for for solutions.THANK YOU.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@ConcernedCitizenAZ  i get you. i have just been testy lately with all this crap going on with the VA. didnt mean to snipe at you, just frustrated

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