In 2016, police officer Philip Brailsford killed an unarmed man, 26-year-old Daniel Shaver. In a video that caught nearly the entire scene, Shaver was shot five times while he was on his knees, pleading with Brailsford for his life.
Brailsford, who was 28-years-old, was fired from his post and charged with murder, although he was found not guilty at trial in 2017.
According to the BBC, Brailsford was temporarily rehired so that he could collect a pension. By doing so, Brailsford was able to be medically retired instead of fired, meaning he could apply for and collect a lifetime pension.
Brailsford was rehired for 42 days in order to apply. A police spokesman said, “[He] was not in any way fulfilling a capacity as a police officer” during that time.
The pension amounts to $2,500 every month in perpetuity.
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