Cop Who Killed 73-Year-Old Woman During Training Exercise Has A History Of Police Brutality — There’s Even Shocking Video!

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For some reason this doesn’t surprise us…

As you may have heard, a 73-year-old woman was shot and killed by police during a “Shoot/Don’t Shoot” training exercise in Punta Gorda, Florida on Tuesday night.

Mary Knowlton had been randomly selected to act as a cop during a pretend standoff for the community event when “bad guy” Officer Lee Coel fired two live rounds into the retired librarian, killing her before she could get to the hospital.

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By all accounts, this was just an unfortunate accident — the prop gun had somehow been loaded with real ammunition as opposed to blanks — but it does not help the situation that Lee has a pretty questionable history in law enforcement.

Apparently, before working with the Punta Gorda Police Department, the 28-year-old was forced to resign from Florida’s Miramar Police Department after “failing to satisfactorily complete an agency field training program.”

But that’s not even Officer Coel’s worst offense — he was actually involved in a case of police brutality last October when he used excessive force on 25-year-old Richard Schumacher while arresting him for not using a headlight on his bicycle…

To make matters even worse, Mary’s death could have been avoided because Richard’s attorney Scott Weinberg reportedly told the department that Lee was a ticking time bomb, saying:

“I was demanding that he be fired months ago, and I was warning people he was going to kill somebody.”

Unfortunately, no one took Scott’s warnings seriously — he didn’t even get in trouble for letting his K-9 maul the innocent man — and now the PGPD has a needless death on their hands.

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For now, Lee is on administrative leave while the incident is being investigated. Let’s hope he doesn’t just get to quit this district and start terrorizing another town…

Rest in peace, Mary.

Ch-ch-check out dash cam footage of Officer Lee Coel’s police brutality in action (below):

[Image via Punta Gorda Police Department.]

Aug 11, 2016 12:23pm PDT

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