Originally posted by pepsi78
I don't think it's out of the realm of possibility that the man said he had a gun in his jacket, and threatened to shoot the female officer.
Think for a minute.
If that would be the case then the cops would pull out a gun too and we would have a standoff where cops point guns at the subject.
You do not rush in to a suspect that is about to pull out a fire arm. It's ilogical. The cops just wanted to show who is boss and who is slave.
You're obviously not a thinker or else you've never been in the appropriate situations or have had the appropriate training as it applies to these
situations. It's apparent that you just hate cops with your "they just wanted to show who is boss..." BS.
First of all: It's illogical to rush in on a man and beat him when he is just standing there. Oh wait, unless you are a monster cop who wants to show
everyone who is boss!
All the videos show is the man apparently zipping of his jacket, and then CUT TO SCENE both cops are out of the vehicle and close to the man, with the
male officer running toward him. The major point here is that both officers are out of the vehicle
and the man apparently still doesn't
have his jacket zipped up fully which suggests that they knew he was intoxicated, they were questioning him, he was being belligerent, or perhaps even
threatening one of the officers. I'm drawing you with this paragraph, BTW.
If the man did
allege to have a weapon, and If the male officer was sufficiently close enough, which the video supports, he would not
simply draw his weapon because it still allows the man to shoot
the female officer had he really intended to and
it creates a situation
where the male cop would be critically coerced
into using deadly force
to kill the man if he had
drawn a weapon and fired. It may
be the the male cop was attempting to nullify both possibilities by rushing in on the subject and disabling him and any potential attacks. There is
absolutely no guarantee
that the act of simply drawing a weapon is going to halt the shooting of another person.
You tell me this: If someone told you that they had a weapon and were about to shoot a loved one, would you count on your action of pulling out and
pointing a weapon at them would stop them from firing
? Would you completely discount
the possibility that you wouldn't be able to
remove your weapon on time? It appears that the cop was not counting on the assumption that he was the quickest draw in the west.
I know I wouldn't. I would nullify the threat
... or rush
them (If I was a copy and didn't want to file the paperwork!) so that they
could not afford the opportunity to remove the weapon in the first place, aim it, and pull the trigger. After rushing, I would beat
that they would most likely be concentrating on not getting hurt
rather than concentrating on aiming and firing
a potential weapon.
After seeing the unedited version without the time lapse, it does appear that the male officer is in a hurry to get to the man. The suspicious part is
where the man appears to have his hand in his right pocket, and is apparently "facing off" with the cop car. His body posture and actions (swinging
his arms and hands on his hips) as he is obviously mouthing something off at the cops before they get out of the car.
He obviously said something
to piss off/threaten the male cop into taking the action he did. Is the action warranted?
We'll never know from the video itself. We need more information
To make up your mind at this point is foolish.
[edit on 6-6-2009 by NWOhereNOW]