Okay, let's play this game AGAIN, shall we?
I went to the New Hampshir DOJ link
that has different videos on the
incident, and here's what we learn from them (four videos in total):
VIDEO 1 (vehicle dashcam video and audio)
- Police arrive at the Expressmart as suspect enters the store when he sees cruisers arrive
- Officer approaches store with firearm drawn, but heads back to cruiser as red car pulls up
- Driver of stolen Red Chrysler Lebaron picks him up at the door
- They choose to flee the scene with at least two police vehicles following them
- Police call in the pursuit, citing stolen vehicle and that suspect is a wanted felon
- Police plan to set up spike strips somewhere past the Family Dollar
- Officers ask for help from Enfield and Lebanon police, citing stolen vehicle and felony warrant
- Chase, happening at night on a wet road with snow on the ground, lasts two minutes and thirty-five seconds before the vehicle is crashed into a
- Officer exits vehicle and approaches Lebaron and driver (Saeti Tobin), who says she 'doesn't know what's going on' and asks the officer to open her
- Other officer calls for canines
- Officer goes to detain Tobin, reports that shots have been fired
VIDEO 2 (Trooper O'Toole audio)
- Reports direction of pursuit, stolen vehicle, and that the operator was possibly Jesse Champney, a wanted felon
VIDEO 3 (Trooper O'Toole audio)
- Clarifies location with dispatch, reports vehicle going into field, reports exiting vehicle for foot chase
VIDEO 4 (Multiple trooper audio)
- Advises dispatch that suspect is armed
- Trooper calls for backup
- O'Toole says that suspect says he's armed and "wants to shoot"
- O'Toole: "Shots fired; suspect down."
- O'Toole calls for ambulance as other officer tells suspect to stay down
Okay, so here's what I'm gathering from this:
Your friend was a wanted felon who chose to steal a car, and then when confronted by LEOs, flee with someone else in the car with him on a dark,
slippery road. When he (or the driver...not sure who was driving) went off the road into a field, your friend decides at that point that the best
thing to do is run from the police still, and while doing so, apparently inform police that he has a gun and was going to shoot.
Look, I understand that the last part of that can be disputed because it's a one-sided story, but the rest of it is there on video for you to see how
it went down up until the point where the Lebaron was driven into a field. I get that he was your friend and that you have emotional ties to this
story, but there's not a whole lot to dispute here when it comes down to the probability of the shooting being justified.
You have to accept that you need to place the blame where it lies. If you watch Video 1, which you seem to claim that you have, you would realize that
he could have just put his hands behind his back and kneeled down when the officers rolled up to the Expressmart.
He chose to escalate every single event from that moment forward. The police are not the bad guys, here.
And as others have noted, not a single person in the United States, including LEOs, must prove their innocence--the burden of proof falls on the
accuser, not the accused.