A video has surfaced of Kern County, California, Sheriff Donny Youngblood explaining in 2006 how it is cheaper for local governments if a cop kills someone rather than crippling them.
The KCDOA (Kern County Detention Officers Association), a union that opposes Youngblod’s re-election, released the video on Facebook with a description on April 9:
In responding to a question posed to him regarding specific areas of Deputy training, Donny Youngblood said, “When a guy makes a bad shoot on somebody and kills them, $3 million dollars and the family goes away.”
He continues, “When a deputy shoots somebody, which way is better financially? To cripple them or kill them for the county?”
An off camera interview attendee states, “Kill them?”
Donny Youngblood replies, “Absolutely, because if you cripple them you have to take care of them for life and that cost goes way up.”
The Ridgecrest Daily Independent noted Youngblood’s response to the video on its YouTube page: “Youngblood has stated on Monday that the comments and video has been taken out of context.”
The Guardian reported in 2015: “Police in Kern County, California, have killed more people per capita than in any other American county in 2015.”