27-year-old Navajo mother’s shooter has a short career filled with overreaction
Published April 13, 2016
WINSLOW, ARIZONA — AZ Central – The Arizona Republic is questioning why was Winslow police officer Austin Shipley still on patrol in the border town of Winslow, Arizona.
It is was there Austin Shipley, a three-year veteran of the Winslow Police Department, fired five shots at Loreal Tsingine, a 27-year-old young Navajo mother, as he attempted her for shoplifting from the local Circle K. In the end she was left to die on the concrete sidewalk on Easter Sunday.
The brutal killing of Tsingine is under investigation by the Arizona Department of Public Safety. In similar shootings, the investigation takes months to be finished, written and released. Typically, long after media headlines have subsided.
The Arizona newspaper researched Shipley employment history while he has been employed as a police officer in Winslow. The findings include:
- The Winslow police officer once fired a Taser at a 15-year-old girl as she walked away from him.
- He once Tased a drunk cuffed to a hospital bed.
- He dragged a DUI suspect out of her car by her hair.
- He justified his conduct in one instance in a report that an investigator found “simply inaccurate.”
Here is an account in the newspaper’s article:
“Shipley’s narrative that the subject on the ground ‘got back in a manner as if they wanted to fight back’ is clearly inaccurate,” the investigating officer wrote. “In observation, they were not acting in an aggressive manner, even after his arrival and were not involved in any verbal exchanges.”
What is most disturbing is Shipley received only a one-day suspension for his misconduct.
Last week, Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye sent a letter to U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch asking for the U.S. Department of Justice to conduct a federal investigation of the killing.
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