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February 26 , 2014 - WND.com
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Kansas City media have just released a video that goes a long way in quieting a controversy that has unsettled Kansas City since a policeman shot and killed a fireman in the early morning hours of December 1, 2013.

The stocky 26 year-old fireman, Anthony Bruno, had just been married hours earlier. After the wedding he and his new wife Stephanie took a cab to a downtown hotel.

There the cab driver and Bruno, who had been drinking, got into a squabble over the fare. Bruno then got out of the car and started punching the cabbie.

Then Bruno almost got into another fight with some people who tried to protect the cabbie, and the hotel security called the Kansas City Police Department.

When uniformed KCPD 17-year veteran officer Donald Hubbard saw Bruno fleeing the area, he pursued him. Bruno resisted all verbal commands to stop and submit, and eventually Hubbard took him to the ground to handcuff him.

Bruno resisted, and at this point that the video picked up the action. It appears that a young man was taking the video from about ten yards away. A young woman was with him.

As Hubbard desperately tried to subdue Bruno, the videographer is heard to complain, “That’s a very aggressive stance the cop is taking.”

The young woman cried out, “What did he do?”

At this point Hubbard looked up at them, breathless, and said, “Can I have some help here?”

As he was looking up, Bruno, using his legs, pulled a wrestling move on Hubbard and flipped him onto his back. Bruno put his hand over Hubbard’s mouth, pushed his head on to the concrete sidewalk, and started punching him in the face.

This was exactly the position that George Zimmerman found himself in on the night of February 26, 2012. Trayvon Martin had him on the ground, hand over his mouth, head on the concrete, and, according to the best eyewitness, “was just throwing down blows on the guy kind of MMA-style.”

As the audio from the 9-1-1 calls would prove, Zimmerman cried out for help for more than forty seconds before shooting. As with Hubbard, the witnesses did not intervene.

Hubbard could not hold out for more than ten seconds. “I don’t know how many times he struck me, but I started to black out and saw lines across my eyes,” he would testify.

“He continued to strike me and I started to lose consciousness and I believed the suspect was not going to stop hitting me until he killed me,” said Hubbard. “I feared for my life and I drew my weapon, fired two shots center mass.” Zimmerman fired one shot, center mass.

A nurse who witnessed the shooting backed up the officer’s account. “I did not see any other circumstance than to shoot him,” she would tell the police. “I mean he had to do something because he was gonna get a head bleed from the traumatic brain injury.”

At this point, the fates of Hubbard and Zimmerman diverge. The fact that Bruno was a fireman caused some stir, but he was white. So was Hubbard.

Al Sharpton did not march in the streets of Kansas City demanding justice. Attorney General Eric Holder stayed out of it. President Obama kept his mouth shut.

County authorities were allowed to handle the case. The police investigated the shooting with no external pressure brought upon them.

As is the norm with fatal shootings involving the police, Jackson County prosecutors presented all the relevant evidence to a Jackson County grand jury.

On February 14, the jurors voted “no true bill. This ended the case without charges. Although the incident had to be traumatic, the ensuing events did not ruin Hubbard’s life.

This is the way justice is supposed to work in America. That is not the way justice worked in Sanford, Florida.

And Chris Cuomo of CNN—the network that translated a fully indecipherable word on the dispatcher call into “coons”—had the nerve to ask Zimmerman, “What was the miscarriage of justice?”

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