West Virginia police officer sues after being fired for not shooting black man

In the aftermath of the May 2016 police shooting that left 23-year-old RJ Williams dead in Weirton, West Virginia, police officer Stephen Mader was shocked, nervous and scared.

“I was at a loss for what to do,” he told the Guardian.

Mader’s reaction was not to the shooting itself, which he feels he handled with poise and calm. In fact, he did not fire his weapon. It was a fellow officer’s gun that ended Williams’ life.