After Killing an Unarmed Vet on Video and Not Being Fired, Reckless Cop Shoots Into Baby’s Crib

Andrew Emett | The Free Thought Project

San Diego, CA – Caught on surveillance video gunning down a mentally ill veteran last year, San Diego Police Officer Neal Browder is under investigation again for accidentally shooting a baby’s crib weeks after returning to duty.

Although Browder does not face criminal charges for recklessly firing his service weapon into a crib, the controversial cop is facing a federal civil rights lawsuit.

While conducting a probation check on the morning of February 20, Browder and several officers entered an apartment occupied by Kimberly Espinoza, her 11-month-old son, her 54-year-old grandmother, and her uncle who was on probation.

After removing Espinoza’s uncle from the residence, Browder and another officer ordered the family into the living room before searching their bedrooms.

Entering Espinoza’s bedroom with his gun drawn, Browder suddenly fired a bullet into her son’s crib for no reason.

“If my son had been in that crib, he wouldn’t be here today,” Espinoza told the LA Times. “And if he was in it, and it had missed my son, he would still be traumatized.”

Espinoza recalled Browder immediately appearing uneasy and nervous after firing the shot in her bedroom. Other officers removed Browder from the scene and began investigating the apparently accidental shooting.

After striking the right side of the crib, the bullet ricocheted left and became embedded into the wall behind it. The police eventually located the bullet several hours later, according to Espinoza.

Although Espinoza’s family was traumatized by the incident, the police refuse to answer whether the department will pay for any counseling that they might require.

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