posted on Aug, 18 2014 @ 09:55 PM
This is the first national/major police brutality case that I have firmly supported one side and condemned the other. In this case, the kid was an
innocent victim, and the cop is totally guilty of murder. No matter how I look at it, the cop had zero justification for even pulling his gun, let
alone firing it.
Lets look at what happened. According to reports, the kid and his buddy had shoplifted a few things from a convenience store. Obviously, a lame and
totally wrong move on the kid's part. However, kids shoplifting from convenience stores is a pretty common juvenile offense that even "good" kids
get caught doing a lot. So while the kid was stealing and breaking the law, it's not like he went in and shot up a store for money. Shoplifting,
quite often, is handled by the parents, store clerk/owner/manager/social work, with little to no police involvement. Even when police are involved,
the cuffs, let alone weapons, rarely come out. So while the kid and his friend did commit a minor criminal offense, it was definitely not one that
justified a cop pulling his gun out, let alone firing it.
So the kid and his friend are running out of the store, run across the street, jaywalking. An extremely minor infraction, one that is rarely, if ever,
cited. Definitely nothing to pull out a gun over. So the kids see the cop, he gets out of the car. The kids start running away. Running from the cops
is a more serious offense, however, by itself, is nothing worth drawing a gun over. When a suspect runs, you chase them, unless they have a suicide
bomb strapped to them or something like that. That didn't apply in this case. The kids just had crap they took from a corner store. And they were
running away from him.
Nothing so far justifies the cops piece ever leaving the holster. The only time cops are supposed to pull out their firearm and use it is when there
is immediate danger to life and limb, like, say, the suspect having weapons and is in the process of, or is ready to, use them on someone. Two kids
running out of a corner store with cigars and snacks are not a threat to anyone except the store clerk and the store's income.
I really understand why people are really angry and wanting blood, even though I think rioting is a waste of their energy and only harms themselves.
Cops have been getting more and more aggressive and militant, and the government totally supports it. Their rage is understandable.