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Assist The Officer - Fort Worth Officer Courtney Johnson
Assist The Officer
This is something I rarely if ever do. A longtime friend introduced me to this situation and I have become somewhat attached to the case not only because of the facts of the case but because of the downright injustice this honorable and innocent family has had to endure.
As I understand the family dynamic, Courtney Johnson became a Ft. Worth police officer after honorably serving his country in armed forces. His wife, Kelly Johnson, proudly serves as a school teacher. Two of the most honorable people serving in two of the most honorable professions...working in the service of others.
While I don't know Officer Courtney Johnson or his beautiful wife and children, never spoken to them on the phone and have never met them in person, I do know this. We are family.
Officer Courtney Johnson is my brother in blue.
In a very unfortunate incident, Officer Johnson was called to the scene of a mentally disturbed man who was wielding a large bbq fork. Without retrying the case, suffice it to say there were extremely tense moments as Officer Johnson ordered the man to drop the weapon. In the end, Officer Johnson discharged his shotgun, striking the suspect in the arm.
From that point, Officer Johnson gained control over the suspect and the incident was over. The suspect was to recover from his gunshot wound.
As with most police shootings, there are complexities that can be blown completely out of proportion when politics become involved. That is what happened here.
Officer Johnson is white. The suspect is black. And though the shooting had zero racial overtones, the District Attorney's office allowed themselves to be swayed by public perceptions instead of relying on the truth and facts of the case.
They allowed society's current prevalence for hatred of the police to take over. And as we have seen time and time again in these situations, in order to placate the anti-police hate mongers, the District Attorney's completely over-reached and charged this innocent officer with Criminal Assault By a Public Servant. A charge that had he been found guilty, he could have received up to 99 years in prison.
To make a long story short, the case recently went to trial and ended in a mistrial. Though the majority of the jury voted for completely exonerating the officer, a few extreme holdouts refused to open their eyes, minds, and hearts. The trial ended in a mistrial as the jury, who was largely in favor of Officer Johnson, could not reach a unanimous verdict.
After the trial ended, the District Attorney's Office and City Officials received a tremendous outpouring of support for Officer Johnson, who by all accounts is a decent Christian man and an outstanding police officer,.
Though the District Attorney and Assistant District Attorney were adamant that they would retry this "white officer who shot a black man" the sheer magnitude of support for Officer Johnson finally made them concede.
After indicating they would re-try Officer Johnson initially, they ultimately announced that all charges against Officer Johnson would be dismissed and his record expunged. There would not be another trial.
The Ft. Worth Police Department, who initially indicated Officer Johnson's job would be waiting for him, suddenly changed course and the Chief of Police in a surprise announcement...FIRED Officer Johnson.
Like most police officers, Officer Johnson is a fighter. And as I understand it, he has chosen to FIGHT to get his job back. As the trial became very expensive and now with virtually zero income Officer Johnson and his family need your help.
A financial account has been established in Officer Courtney Johnson's name at the Fort Worth City Credit Union. You can make a donation at the credit union located at 2309 Montgomery St in Fort Worth in person or call them and let the teller know you would like to donate to Officer Courtney Johnson.
PLEASE consider donating to this beautiful family in their time of need. Officer Johnson was simply doing his job and trying to protect the citizens of his community. All of us who have ever pinned a badge on willingly faced that kind of danger could easily be in his position.
Fort Worth City Credit Union
Fort Worth City Credit Union
PLEASE donate to this family, And then pass this message along until it goes viral.
Let the world see that while many may stand against our police officers, MANY MORE WILL STAND WITH THEM.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
I don't know him, but he's my brother.
-Mark W. Stephens