Cop Avoids Jail Time After Graphic Dashcam Video Shows Him Execute an Unarmed Elderly Man


Matt Agorist | The Free Thought Project

Edgefield, SC — On Monday, former North Augusta police officer Justin Craven pleaded guilty to official misconduct in office. He will not go to jail and his sentence for the misdemeanor charge was a mere 80 hours of community service and three years probation.

No jail, community service, and a misdemeanor charge — for killing an unarmed 68-year-old man — on video.

In February of 2014, Craven began a high-speed chase after watching Ernest Satterwhite Sr. driving erratically through traffic. For 13 minutes, Craven would pursue Satterwhite until he pulled up in his driveway — a move made by many drunk drivers thinking they can make it home to safety.

Satterwhite was blocked in by trees in front of him and police cruisers behind him when Craven approached with his pistol drawn. Instead of pointing the pistol from a few feet away and issuing orders, like he should’ve done, Craven shoved the barrel of his gun into the face of Satterwhite who immediately attempted to move it away.

As the Aiken Standard reports, Craven’s attorney, Jack Swerling said the only mistake that Craven could have made was approaching Satterwhite’s vehicle, “even though there are all sorts of justification for that,” he said.

“He did approach the vehicle, and of course, you saw (Craven’s) arm was grabbed,” said Swerling, adding the shooting was very unfortunate, but “this is not the kind of case we have come accustomed to.”

Toxicology tests would show that Satterwhite had been drinking. However, this fact does not justify what would happen next.

Satterwhite was unarmed, in his stopped car, and at his own house when Craven began firing into his face. In what clearly illustrates his inability to keep his calm in stressful situations, and escalate to immediate violence, Craven fired five shots at point blank range and only two of them hit Satterwhite. However, those two rounds were enough to end his life.

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