A Tennessee sheriff is being sued for excessive force after he was caught on tape saying “I love this shit” and “I thrive on it” after telling deputies to shoot an unarmed man during a car chase rather than risk damage to police cars.
“They said ‘we’re ramming him,'” White County Sheriff Oddie Shoupe said on body camera tape after the suspect Michael Dial, was killed, according to The Guardian. “I said, ‘Don’t ram him, shoot him.’ F— that shit. Ain’t gonna tear up my cars.”
“I love this shit,” Shoupe said. “God, I tell you what, I thrive on it.”
“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.
Dial’s widow, Robyn Dial, is suing Shoupe in federal court, alleging the use of excessive use force against her late husband, the Guardian reported.
The Hill added:
The chase with Dial began after police attempted to pull the man over for driving with a suspended license. But he drove away, prompting the car chase.
The county declared last year that the shooting was justified and that law enforcement officials had acted reasonably.
But the lawsuit says that the recording of Shoupe’s comments proves a “malicious and sadistic mindset,” according to the Guardian. The lawsuit also names the county, the city of Sparta, Tenn., and the two deputies who fired at Dial.