A California sheriff was caught on video more than ten years ago saying that it's "better financially" to kill suspects rather than merely injure them -- and he's from a county that has seen an inordinate number of police shootings.
Via New York Daily News:
Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood was looking for an endorsement in 2006 when he posed the question, “When a deputy shoots somebody, which way is better financially? To cripple them or kill them for the county?”
“Kill them?” someone off camera asks before Youngblood answers “Absolutely.”
"Because if you cripple them you have to take care of them for life and that cost goes way up," he said.
The video came to light thanks to the Kern County Detention Officers Association, which is supporting Youngblood's opponent in the upcoming election.
Monday’s video, reportedly taken during an endorsement consideration interview, also saw Youngblood turn the loss of life at the hands of the police into a matter of dollars and cents.
“When a guy makes a bad shoot on somebody and kills them, $3 million dollars and the family goes away,” he said, comparing it to a jailhouse beating where many officers are present.
Youngblood claims the remarks were taken out of context.
He added that he wishes he had used different words, though Chris Ashley, the director of the KCDOA, told the Daily News that the comments were an example of "poor leadership" that has included shutting himself off from the union as well.