An officer was murdered in the line of duty on Sunday night, and we’re now learning new details about what happened.
But to make matters worse, a newspaper decided to share a live stream of his final moments alive before his family even knew. Then, shortly after Law Enforcement Today publicly called them out, they decided to replace the link of the live video with a character attack on that officer.
First – here’s what happened.
Officer Michael Langsdorf, who had been with the North County Police Cooperative for about three months, responded to a call Sunday at Clay’s Wellson Food Market Restaurant.
The call to the market at 6250 Page Avenue came in around 4:30 p.m. after someone from the store said a person was trying to cash a bad check.
— Chris Davis (@ChrisDavisMMJ) June 23, 2019
According to North County Police Cooperative Chief John Buchannan, five minutes after Officer Langsdorf arrived, a radio call went out for an officer down.
Media is reporting that the majority of what happened was caught by a store surveillance camera near the counter that lasted one minute and 16 seconds.
In the footage, Langsdorf enters the store holding the suspect by the arm. It appears the man is trying to escape, and Langsdorf throws him to the ground. In the video, you can see a gun in the suspect’s waistband.
For the next 30 seconds or so, the two struggled on the ground beneath the store counter. Then suddenly the suspects jumps up and pulls out his gun.
Officer Langsdorf, who was on his hands and knees, appeared to lunge at him and the man shoots him at close range.
While police from several jurisdictions rushed to the scene, someone at the store streamed his final moments. Her name is Kashina Harper and her Facebook profile shows that she’s a cashier supervisor at the store.
In the heartbreaking and disturbing video, you can see the officer moving. The person holding the camera is swearing about what happened.
They are telling him to hang on.
Minutes later, other officers arrive. The Facebook live stream continues, and you see the other officers performing CPR on him and begging him to stay alive.
Officer Michael Langsdorf, who had only been with the department for about three months, did not survive.
Police say they’ve caught arrested the person accused of murdering him and that they’ve recovered the gun used to shoot him. A press conference is scheduled for Monday morning.
Sources tell Law Enforcement Today that the owner of the market has had a contentious relationship over the years with law enforcement, who our source says have run a number of buys / busts in the parking lot over the years.
“Our investigators are working very hard,” Buchannan said. “We have St. Louis County, St. Louis city, the prosecuting attorney’s office, Mayor (James) McGee, and many other people supporting us in this effort.”
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch was quick to share any details they could find… along with the livestream of the officer’s final moments.
On Sunday night, I lost my cool and called them out:
Now forgive me while I lose my cool.
What the hell is wrong with people? An officer was just shot in front of you. You’re not trying to help. You’re not doing everything in your power to help. You’re not sitting there holding his hand and praying for him. You’re not on the phone with dispatch giving them every detail you can.
You’re livestreaming it on FACEBOOK.
And in the rush to have the greatest story on the internet, a local media outlet shares the link to that video with zero consideration for the officer or his family.
We’ve had dozens of videos removed by Facebook over the past couple of years because Facebook determined they were “too graphic”. They were officers sharing stories about how they’d been shot or stabbed in the line of duty.
Yet the death of an officer is streamed on Facebook live… and this isn’t a problem.
This isn’t just irresponsible journalism. This isn’t just a thoughtless person. This isn’t just a Facebook problem.
This is the shredding of the moral fiber of America. This is the destruction of our soul as a country. This is the loss of our identity as a nation. What the hell has become of us when views on Facebook matter more than the life of a man and the hearts of his family?
Shame on you, St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Shame on the woman who streamed this on Facebook.
Springdale Fire Protection District Battalion Chief Bill Modrosic said Langdorf volunteered as a firefighter, and the two played hockey together before Langsdorf went on to become a police officer.
“I can’t believe it,” Modrosic said. “He was a good man, and definitely a dedicated police officer. He liked being a firefighter, but once he became a police officer it was clear that that was what he was supposed to do.”
Brian Millikan is a lawyer for the St. Louis Police Officers Association.
“Mike was incredibly passionate about police work,” said Millikan. “It was his mission in life. We lost a good one today.”
Let’s be clear. Law Enforcement Today will absolutely not be sharing the live streamed video of the officer’s final moments.
What the hell is wrong with people? How did we get to this point in society?
Listen, unlike many “social justice warriors”, our team at Law Enforcement Today doesn’t typically demand the firing of people over “feelings”. But here’s what we WILL say.
Media outlets, including the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, are quick to demand accountability of police. But who is holding THEM accountable? I sure hope that the community demands a sincere apology from these “journalists” who truly doubled down on the “if it bleeds, it leads” approach on Sunday night. I hope not a single person – including advertisers – give them a single penny until they do.
Our moral compass is gone… and it’s thanks, in part, to media outlets like the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Let me remind you, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch was at the center of the false narrative surrounding what lead to the Furguson riots. That paper photographed protestors with their hands in the air shouting “Don’t shoot us!” at the police.
The impromptu protests erupted immediately after the shooting, when Michael Brown’s stepfather held a placard that read “Ferguson police just executed my unarmed son!!!”
We need to start demanding accountability of this and all other media outlets. They are leading to the murders of police officers… and it needs to stop.
May God be with the family of this officer… and may God help us all.