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originally posted by: face23785
a reply to: underwerks
Reading has a lot to do with it. When you read most of these cases and understand what the laws are for police officers in those situations and how they're trained, most of these cases that are touted as "miscarriages of justice" are actually valid and legal shootings. Some of them aren't even questionable when you read the facts of the case, but there's protests and/or riots anyway.
It sucks when someone choses to take a course of action that leads to them losing their life over some stolen cigars or drugs, but I don't expect a cop to wait until until he's shot or getting curb stomped before he uses his weapon. Again, it diminishes from the cause and makes it harder to sway public opinion when there is a legit bad shooting. They get tired of you crying wolf all the time.
If they perceive you are a threat they can shoot you. Think of that before you decide to charge them or try to run them over with a vehicle.
Prosecutors said Stockley carried out the premeditated murder of Smith by shooting him five times at close range and then planting a .38-caliber revolver in Smith's Buick after police pulled Smith's body from the car. They asserted a "kill shot" was fired at close range after the first four shots were fired in close succession and struck Smith in the shoulder.
During the chase, Stockley shouted commands to Bianchi, who drove their police SUV while chasing Smith through the Walnut Park neighborhood at speeds approaching 90 mph. Amid sirens, engine noise and squawking radio traffic, Stockley can be heard on an in-car camera video telling Bianchi "Gonna kill this (expletive), don't you know it."
After the shooting, in-car camera footage shows Stockley sort through a duffel bag. Prosecutors alleged he was getting a gun to plant on Smith.
Wilson wrote, "Stockley does not have anything in either hand during the brief periods his hands are in view on this video, immediately before he exits. The video does not show defendant trying to stealthily recover a revolver and conceal it on his person."
With some 10 city and county police officers standing near Smith's crashed car, a bystander's cellphone video showed police pulling Smith's body from the car shortly before Stockley climbed inside. Stockley testified he found a loaded revolver shoved between the center console and passenger seat. Lab tests of the gun revealed only Stockley's DNA. A plastic bag of heroin seized from the car had Smith's DNA but not Stockley's.
originally posted by: thesaneone
a reply to: Gryphon66
Isn't this thread about the protesters destroying St. Louis?
Im sure there is a thread somewhere about the case.