Ex-city cop Bryan Pour
-- who got into a fracas on the east side
two years ago and shot a man -- was sentenced to four years probation this morning in Madison County court. The hearing was extraordinary for two reasons:
1) "Technically, if you shoot someone, it is a non-probational offense," said Madison County States Attorney, Jennifer Vucich
But in this case, she said, the state amended its charge to allow for probation because, among other things, Pour was a "good person" and the victim, Jeffrey Bladdick
of Granite City (who survived), didn't want him to go to jail.
2) In his statement to the court, Pour then took a swipe at the St. Louis Metropolitan Police
for instructing officers to keep their guns on them, even when they're out drinking with their buddies:
I was instructed [that as a law enforcement officer] to
retain my department issued sidearm on me at all times,
24/7....specifically....at bars where alcohol was being served because
those are the types of places at which trouble occurs....
He says the SLMPD taught him that, when somebody's trying to take his gun, to fire it and retreat.
the second I discharged my weapon I knew I was wrong....[precisely]
because I had acted in conformity with my training. I am unable to
reconcile the policies I had been taught with common sense.
Sounds a bit like the Nuremberg Defense
(i..e., "I was just following orders").
But Pour concluded with: "Mr.
Bladdick should not have been on the receiving end of my gun, regardless
of what I was instructed."