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Make no mistake about it, to serve time in state prison is no picnic. Inmates are confined in small spaces with some of the most dangerous people in the country—gang-bangers, murderers, robbers, etc. Prisoners often suffer violent assaults and brutal rapes. They’re sometimes beaten, cut, stabbed, and killed by other prisoners, and sometimes corrections officers and other staff members step over the line to deliver physical and mental abuse. So yes, prisoners have a tendency to become hardened…to the very core of their being.
We’ve all heard tales of prisoners fabricating weapons from almost anything they can get their hands, such as knives made from ink pens and swords or spears made from rolled and stiffened newspaper. But there’s one extremely deadly weapon you never hear about, and it, this life-threatening and brutal device, is the center of a California lawsuit. Warning, this gets ugly… (note the intense level of sarcasm).
A prison inmate who’s serving time at the state prison in Vacaville, California has filed a lawsuit in state court claiming he was the victim of a rubber band assault on Nov. 9, 2012. The prisoner, Michael Aaron Witkin, states in his affidavit that a prison librarian launched at least 10 rubber bands at him while he was inside the library. His claim went on to state that she (the librarian) even giggled almost uncontrollably during her “vicious” rubber band attack. Finally, Witkin said the rubber bands were large and could leave a painful sting. Poor baby…
*A quick search discovered a Michael Aaron Witkin who’s serving time at the Solano State Prison in Vacaville. This Michael Witkins was previously arrested for attempted murder (shooting a woman several times), pistol whipping another individual, resisting arrest, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, robbery, and illegal possession of hydrocodone and marijuana.
Since the aforementioned Michael Witkins is the only Michael Witkins listed as serving time in the Vacaville prison, well, it might be okay to assume this is the same Michael Witkin who filed the previously mentioned lawsuit. If so, I’m quite certain his victims would have preferred that he’d used rubber bands instead of an actual gun during his assault on them.
At 8:33 p.m. last night, Andrew Brannan took his last breath. He died by lethal injection at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison. It was 17 years and one day after Brannan brutally killed 22-year-old Deputy Kyle Dinkheller.
On the day of his murder, Deputy Dinkheller’s wife was pregnant with their second child. Their first child, a daughter, was 22-months old.
Deputy Kyle Dinkheller
Deputy Dinkheller’s fatal encounter with his killer began when he stopped Vietnam veteran Andrew Brannan for driving nearly 100 mph. Minutes later Brannan pulled a rifle from his truck and began firing at the deputy. He charged forward, laying down cover fire as he went, and when he ran out of ammunition he reloaded and fired even more rounds into Deputy Dinkheller’s body.
The video below is from the dash cam in Dinkheller’s patrol car. It shows how quickly the situation escalated from a simple traffic stop to cold-blooded murder, and it shows raw emotion and fear. It also shows how vulnerable police officers are to attack and how there’s often no real time to think or formulate a plan for survival.
You’ll have questions after viewing, and you’ll most likely wonder why the deputy took such a long time before firing his service weapon.
Unfortunately, it was reported that Deputy Dinkheller’s supervisor had recently reprimanded him for being too quick to draw his weapon. If this was the case, then his boss’s words had to be on the deputy’s mind in the moments before he was gunned down. Was the reprimand the reason he paused before attempting to terminate the threat to his life? We’ll never know. But probably so.
I’ve said it time and time again in police academies and on this site…a moment’s hesitation could mean the difference between living and dying.
The images within the video are graphic and the audio is extremely haunting and distressing.
This is not a video game, nor is it a work of fiction.
You are about to witness the actual murder of a police officer.