Helpless man shot in the back
I don't know if anyone here has been following this -
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_K0PISpxx4 and here http://www.ktvu.com/video/18409133/index.html.
The cop quit his job and hasn't released a statement:
There was a protest that turned into a riot on Wednesday as well:
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Do we have another Rodney King situation developing here?
i don't see why anybody would vote that the guy in the video be shot at point blank range.
apparently a lot of people feel the same way, otherwise the riot situation would not have happened.
i just think people run the risk of potentially compromising their own rights if they let something like this slide...
don't see it's the cops fault...
really I do.
If you're the authority you should behave like one. and not swinging that piece of metal
like a wardrobe.
and if they wanted a riot.
crushed them with tanks so simple as that.
they just need to learn to SHUT THE FUCK UP.
Look, in most situations I'm on the cops side. They've got a hard job and people don't like them. A lot of the time they're hyped up when dealing with suspects and some excessive force happens. That's okay. This was a little different though.
and then they wanna start a peaceful march
fine why just do it IN YOUR neighbor hood when it turn into violence
that way both party won't be hindered by your actions.
I think this is a pretty clear case of second degree murder or perhaps manslaughter. This cop drew his gun in a situation where lethal force, or even less lethal force (i.e. a taser), was completely unwarranted. There are no excuses whatsoever, yet it appears as if the man hasn't even been arrested. If practically anyone else shot a man in the back, regardless of the circumstances, he would be thrown in jail immediately pending investigation. Why then allow this man to go free?
As for the wider implications, we have a white cop shooting a black guy, his buddies acting extremely unprofessionally after the shooting and the police department appear to drag their feet on the matter. So yeah, there is a definite risk of another Rodney King situation.
As for the wider role of police in general, shit like this is completely unacceptable. The police, just like the military and the government, wield greater power and authority in the pursuit of their duties than the regular citizen does. Therefore, they must be held up to higher standards than people in general, or at the very least recieve no special treatment when they come under suspicion of breaking the law. Otherwise the public trust in these institutions will be severely undermined, which is a bad thing.
Well, police force world over have always recieved special treament. And I can picture myself that this cops walks with a punishment way lower then if it was a john doe.
You guys have never seen Third world Police abuse before.
I've once seen them smack a guy in the face before at my presence.
once I saw how a typewriter flew across in a Police office.
ya, well, i know of a person who got tortured (allegedly) to death by the police for stealing coins from a phone booth.
he was a graduate, eng. of something... can't remember.
knowing it doesn't make it all ok ; or maybe the justification of 'what are you going to do about it lol XD' works too....
Last edited by Yummy Lingo; 01-09-2009 at 08:58 AM.
wat, I live in a third world country too.
OHO, the guy tries to get the cop's gun at 32-33 seconds, check it out.