The killing happened last June. The decision not to prosecute the deputy who shot her was made mid-September. Given how much outrage toward wrongful police shootings and killings is pulsing across the nation, one would have expected this killing to have made national news, sparked nationwide protests, something. There was nothing. Outside of the Kansas City area, no one knew. No one cared about the killing of Hannah Fizer.
Fizer stopped her car about 10 p.m. that day between two restaurants near the 3500 block of West Broadway Boulevard. Family and friends say she was driving to her job at an Eagle Stop convenience store when she was pulled over.
The deputy, who has not been identified publicly, said Fizer refused to identify herself when she was stopped. She told the deputy she was armed with a gun and was going to shoot him, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
In search warrants, an investigator described restaurant video as showing the deputy make contact with Fizer before drawing his gun. Fizer, who had been pulled over for speeding and careless driving, is seen moving inside her silver 2015 Hyundai Elantra. Then, the deputy fires his weapon.
There was no gun in the car, and she owned no gun. Fizer, who had never threatened anyone with violence before, had her cellphone in hand to shoot the encounter. The unnamed deputy wore no body cam, so there’s nothing more than his story, which makes no sense unless Fizer was trying to get herself killed.
Special Prosecutor Stephen Sokoloff didn’t praise the deputy’s shooting, but concluded that it fell within the Reasonably Scared Cop Rule.
“There are aspects of the case that lead me to believe that an alternative approach might have avoided the confrontation that led to the officer having to discharge his weapon,” Sokoloff wrote, “but that is not relevant to a determination of whether criminal liability would attach.”
That the deputy could have avoided killing Fizer isn’t the measure of whether his conduct was criminal. Then again, the determination that it wasn’t criminal depends on acceptance of a narrative that’s so fundamentally lacking in credibility as to be laughable, had it not come from a cop’s mouth. Nobody tells a cop they’re going to shoot them, especially when they’re unarmed. They don’t do it over a red light ticket. They don’t do it when they’re not otherwise so violent that they have a deep history of threatening harm, particularly of harming cops. It’s a ridiculous story, which at best passes the laugh test only for lack of a body cam. Even so, the narrative is absurd.
So where are the nationwide protests? There was an AP story about the deputy not being charged in WaPo, not that anyone noticed. A short article made the NYT in August, not that anyone noticed. No doubt it appeared elsewhere too. Not that anyone noticed.
But marches? Vigils? Calls to defund police? Calls for the deputy’s prosecution? Anything? How is it even possible, given what’s happening in this nation with regard to riots stemming from a cop shooting a guy with a gun in his hand?
Only the Free Thought Project continues to take a look at the killing of Hannah Fizer.
Another ominous detail to the killing of Fizer was the fact that she was filming the stop and her phone was found on the floorboard of her Hyundai, according to a search warrant, but no video has ever been released.
Fizer’s father believes Fizer was simply holding her cell phone and dropped it, which caused the coward cop to dump five rounds into his daughter. As the cellphone was the only thing found in the car, this is the most likely scenario.
The last time Fizer’s phone was mentioned in the investigation though was on June 22 when the Kansas City Star reported that it had been sent to the state’s digital forensic center in Jefferson City for analysis and data extraction.
This isn’t only the “most likely scenario” as a general notion, but consistent with a 25-year-old woman going to work after a fun day with friends.
She spent the last day of her life splashing around in a kiddie pool with her best friend, Taylor Browder, and Ms. Browder’s young children, talking about life and her future in Sedalia, an old railroad town of 21,000 people that is home to the Missouri State Fair.
This didn’t have the marking of a young woman seeking suicide by cop, and the deputy’s narrative was entirely incredible otherwise, even if Sokoloff found it good enough to believe.
So why no riots?
One of the foremost failings of the current strain of social justice is that in order to demonstrate fealty to Black Lives Matter, it requires its adherent to ignore that every life wrongfully taken by a cop matters. Yet the obsession with race precludes the ability to grasp that this isn’t just a black person problem, but a problem for all of us with police using excessive force. That there is a disparate impact on black and Hispanic people is certainly true, but that’s not where the problem begins or ends.
When cops needlessly and wrongfully kill, the skin color of their victim doesn’t make one death more wrongful or worthy of outrage than another. Hannah Fizer’s life matters too.