Still not officer friendly

Bill Quick links to surveillance video of the man shot in Wal-Mart while holding a BB or pellet rifle he had picked up in the store. In the video, it seems clear that the man was shot while talking on the phone with no idea the police were present. Police claims that they had issued repeated warnings and commands to drop the gun are demonstrably false.

Unlike the case in Georgia, I have some sympathy for the police in this situation, because they had been spun up by a 911 caller claiming the person was "trying to load the weapon" and "pointing it at children", and he did in fact have something resembling an actual weapon. But: the man was shot while casually walking around and talking on the phone. There was no one else around and he was given no opportunity to surrender peacefully for the situation to be sorted out.

Charge the 911 caller with murder, and the police with negligent homicide.

Wearing a badge isn't a get-out-of-jail-free card for murder.

This entry was published Mon Sep 29 09:43:28 CDT 2014 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2014-09-26 16:28:56.0. [Tweet]

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