It’s been awhile since this incident where Sgt Craig Johnson was murdered during a traffic stop. It’s hard to watch. Normally, I post these without much comment. What struck me was that the Sergeant ordered the driver to exit the car countless times. He just kept doing it. I came away wondering about the outcome had he given him three opportunities and taken action immediately upon non-compliance. We’ll never know. When I had been on the job about a year, it dawned on me one day that I was doing this with most people. Warning after warning, after warning. I made a conscious choice to be more firm with people and not treat them like 1 year olds, giving them many chances, telling them what I’d do if they didn’t comply, then not doing it. I soon found my work life was far easier and I also found that I gained respect from the public and my co-workers as somebody who was fair, but took no shit from people and wouldn’t put up with uncooperative assholes. It is my sincere desire that David Ware, the perpetrator, gets the death penalty for killing Sergeant Johnson.
Tulsa, Oklahoma — The body camera footage from the murder of Sergeant Craig Johnson and the attempted murder of Officer Aurash Zarkeshan has been released by Tulsa Police Department. On June 29th, 2020 at 3:06 am Officer Zarkeshan stopped David Ware after he failed to yield when pulling onto the roadway, made an illegal left turn, and operated a vehicle with expired tags. At 3:23 am, 11 minutes later, suspect Ware fired multiple rounds at the Officers. Sergeant Craig Johnson died as result of injuries from the shooting. Officer Zarkeshan was critically wounded and continues to recover. The gunman, Ware, is charged with murder in the shooting death of Sgt. Craig Johnson and shooting with intent to kill Officer Aurash Zarkeshan with the Tulsa Police Department. The accused getaway driver, Matthew Hall, waived his preliminary hearing and is going to trial. Hall is charged with accessory to murder and accessory to a felony. The district court arraignments for Ware and Hall are scheduled for Oct. 5.