I did not read the whole posts here.
Let me weigh in with a little experience: I’m an active duty police officer 12 years. I have worked only patrol. Although I have never had to used deadly force, I have been forced to used every level of force except that.
Now having watched the video with experienced eyes, let me give some perspective.
THE CAMERA IS NOT GOD: all this junk on You tube has citizens believing a camera and what some untrained person pointing the camera has to say about the situation more than a paid professional. No where, except maybe politics do trained, paid professionals get more arm chair quarterbacking than Law Enforcement.
The camera does not show what happened to this officer in the minutes, or even moments leading up to what we see / hear on the video.
The camera does not show what the person the officer said that to was doing (it doesn’t even show who the person is).
Finally, the camera can NEVER show what the Officer’s perception of the situation is. In most states this is what determines what level of force should be used, NOT a camera, NOT the suspect’s perception, BUT ONLY THE OFFICER.
So, can anyone, based on the camera, tell me any of the above?
What if the person off camera - and never shown - is holding a large rock? What if, before the camera got there, the person threatened to kill the officer? (From other articles we know that the “peaceful” protesters are sometimes chanting “kill the police”).
Let me give a little more information: Violence looks violent. Violence is nothing like “Walker Texas Ranger”: one spinning back-kick knocks both the bad guys gun out of his hand and knocks him unconscious without so much as a bloody nose.
Violence looks like a train wreck: There is blood, there is broken noses, bones, ripped off nails, teeth dislodged, people screaming, emotions running high etc.
VIOLENCE IS VIOLENT: IT IS UGLY, NO ONE WANTS TO SEE IT
But this is what you pay me and my brothers / sisters in blue / brown for. We go and put ourselves in the way so that you don’t have to live in an Iraq, Mexico, Syria or Nigeria.
I will never meet an unjust aggressor with no, lessor or equal aggression. In order to overcome, an unjust aggressor MUST be met with Greater Aggression.
SHOOTING SOMEONE IN THE ARM DOES NOT STOP THEM FROM KILLING YOU
There are numerous occasions where a suspect has been shot in a limb, or even the heart, but continues to try to kill the officer. One incident in Illinois the Officer shot a suspect (who tried to kill him with several guns) 14 times with .45 ACP (larger handgun round) Six of which were declared “fatal wounds” yet the suspect continued to shoot at the officer.
Don’t even get me started on “what about a net” or “why didn’t you just Taze him?” In Texas, a training officer got both himself and his rookie killed by trying to taze a suspect who had a .357. A tazer is a one shot deal, where I have to hit with 2 prongs going at different angles in that one shot. I miss with either prong and nothing happens to the suspect.
THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS “UNARMED”
Police Officers have been killed with hands, feet, arms, legs, teeth (you ever seen someone try to bit out another persons carotid artery?)
If you don’t believe me, just watch UFC and then tell me which one of those body parts can’t kill.
RACE HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH IT EXCEPT TO SELL PAPERS
When your in a fight, a real fight not a push here or there, or other highly volatile situation (riot, armed / barricaded and suicidal / homicidal subject) your brain literally shuts down the parts that are not necessary for survival. The last thing your brain is going to do is use up processing power on making a decision based off the other person’s race.
We see this in “witness” statements all the time where they can’t even remember what race their attacker was, what they were wearing etc.
The Brain just does not do that. Sorry. The race baiting is done by racists in the news / government. Their the ones who are making judgments based on race.
AN OFFICER DOES NOT HAVE TO BE SHOT AT, OR STABBED, OR ATTACKED FIRST IN ORDER TO USED DEADLY FORCE.
This, again, is law for most states. We are trained to watch for pre-attack postures. Can anyone judging the officer in this video name one?