Originally posted by g raj
I will answer your question with a question. Why do all the police officers who deal drugs, abuse their wives and families, or take place in any
illicit activity do what they do? I imagine it is the sense of safety and immunity that a badge and gun give them. Why did those cops in D.C. steal
toys from the marines(toys for tots), maybe because they know that their superiors will do nothing when they get caught(except blame the press for
making them look bad).
Because we are just like you...HUMAN. We have wants, needs, desires, dreams..we also have insanity, stupidy, ego's, etc.... Thats why some cops do
bad things...for THE SAME REASON normal people do bad things...because we are ALL human. I will never make an excuse for officers who behave in the
manor you have mentioned or in other ways. My job is hard enough to do it the right way without bad apples....
On topic, if he was innocent, why did he quit the force so fast?
Because there is NO escape. No matter if this was a TRUE accident he is already convicted in the eyes of all cop haters, minorities, etc... They
preach about wanting things done fairly, and without bias..but when the tables are turned notice how they DO NOT walk the walk! This cop from the
moment he pulled the trigger on his weapon knew his life is over. So what do scared people do...they run..they try to run away from the issue at hand
and hope it isn't as bad as they already know it is. I carry a weapon and taser...I know the difference after 7 years...BUT..I will say..under
stress, heartrate up, tunnel vision, adrenaline rushing...its VERY easy to overlook what seems so simple to those sitting on their couch or chairs
All I can say is this....unless this cop was an outright scumbag...I cannot believe he just reached down, drew his service weapon and shot this man in
the back to kill him. If he did...he deserves the needle...but from all FACTUAL accounts...NOT person bias BS....this was a mistake..and boy is he
1. He will never be a cop again...the media attention alone makes him unhireable. Plus making that kind of mistake is a true liability to have on
your roster...so law enforcement career is now over.
2. He will face a HUGE civil suit from the family.
3. The BART agency will most likely NOT cover any legal fees he has to get..so the bill he will have at the end of this...yeah he will not be doing
4. He has to live with the mistake of killing a man. Its one thing to kill in defense of yourself or another. It's another thing to kill in the
time of WAR, but damn its definitly a whole new ballgame when you accidently shoot a man and know it wasn't meant to happen.
5. He will be labled a racist...no matter his intent or ACTUAL personal belief...he will be a racist until the day he dies.
6. I'm sure he will endure days and days of threats, damage to property, etc by the people who think doing that is excusable...
the list just goes on....Watching that video....I truly believe what I saw was a rookie cop get caught up in the moment...he was stressed, adrenaline
dump at full tilt, not very experianced in it all and when his brain told him to pull the taser, his hand and eyes weren't on the same page...and by
the time they caught up to one another...it was WAY to late!
EDIT TO ADD: I call him a rookie because at only 2 years experiance..your still VERY green...especially as a BART officer. 2 years in NYC, Philly,
LA, Atlanta, etc as a beat officer...thats a WHOLE new level and your experiance/incidents prove that.
[edit on 2/2/2009 by rcwj75]