posted on Sep, 24 2014 @ 08:43 PM
I think the circumstances are very important here. The cops go in, and they have next to no information. Depending on the laws of the state, and what
type of weapon was reportedly present, it could have been entirely legal. The only illegal act would have been entering an abandoned home. That
illegal act in itself does not justify a shooting, and even if a gun was present that does not justify the shooting, again, depending on state laws.
This was not a violent crime, and it is not like it is an armed robbery, where clearly it must be assumed that the gunman will kill somebody.
So to go into an abandoned house that had been entered illegally and to open fire immediately would not be justified. Again, a gun being present does
not mean it was out, much less pointing at an officer. For instance, if I'm walking with a gun that I am legally allowed to carry, and I walk into an
abandoned house, let's say in the middle of broad daylight, would the cops be justified in showing up and shooting me? No, unless they were in
danger. Having a gun, especially if it is perfectly legal to have it, does not give the cop justification to shoot someone, period. And again, they
didn't know enough about the situation to determine what the danger level was. Shooting first and asking questions later is not acceptable. Sure it
can put the cop in more danger in some situations to not be on guard, but that comes with the territory. It still does not justify shooting someone.
It all depends on the exact circumstances however. There are many things to be considered. But one thing that cannot be argued is that either people
are getting gunned-down by police with much more frequency, or certain media outlets are simply starting to publicize such acts to a greater degree.