Police Officer Fired Over Deadly Shooting Was 'Rehired' To Get Lifetime Pension
U.S. cop Philip "Mitch" Brailsford, 28, shot and killed unarmed man Daniel Shaver, 26, in the hallway of an Arizona hotel three years ago.
After being acquitted of the murder in December 2017, Brailsford was temporarily rehired two years later as an officer and is now classified as medically retired, not fired -- and being paid a pension for the rest of his life.
He fatally shot Shaver -- who Bodycam footage showed was on his knees with his hands up, sobbing, then crawling on all fours when he was shot -- after responding to reports of a man pointing a gun out of a hotel room window.
No weapon was found on Shaver's body, but Brailsford said during his trial he believed Shaver was reaching for one.
The police report said Shaver had earlier shown guests in his hotel room a rifle that he used for work, but it later emerged the rifle was an airsoft or pellet gun.
Brailsford was fired by the Mesa Police Department after the shooting for violations of department policy, a termination which he later appealed.
In August 2018, he signed an agreement with city officials stating he was being temporarily rehired by the police department "for the sole and limited purpose" of allowing him to apply for accidental disability pension and medical retirement.
The agreement's terms prevented Brailsford from performing any job duties, or getting paid during the 42-day reemployment period.
The former officer has been receiving his monthly pension benefits for nearly a year now, but his medical retirement was not made public until recently.
Brailsford was being reimbursed by The City of Mesa "for medical expenses arising out of his treatment for PTSD," according to the agreement.
The City of Mesa "determined Brailsford met the qualifications for medical retirement citing information provided by multiple independent medical professionals," spokesman Kevin Christopher told AZ Family.
The Public Safety Personnel Retirement System Local Board [PSPRS] have listed Brailsford's monthly medical retirement benefit at around $3,560.
He will receive the pension for the rest of his life, unless the local board requests a new medical diagnosis which shows a recovery from PTSD.
People took to social media to express their dismay at the revelation of Brailsford's temporary reinstatement and ensuing medical pension.
One Twitter user called Brailsford "a racist, a bigot, and a menace to society" and said the Mesa Police Department should "save their money for the astoundingly expensive lawsuit you’ll have to settle".
Another user expressed "outrage" at the situation and called for the officials who rehired Brailsford to be fired.
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