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But people who knew Williams say he couldn't hear out of one ear and wonder if that may have played a role in his failure to comply with the officer's commands.
Maurina said a tall, scruffy-looking man was standing with his back to her. She said she never saw the man's hands but thought he might be urinating or fumbling around in a fanny pack. Maurina said she watched the officer approach the man and saw him mouthing something to the man, who did not appear to respond.
"His body stance did not look threatening at all," she said of the man. "I could only see the gentleman's back, and he didn't look aggressive at all. He didn't even look up at the officer."
The officer approached the man, but was still "at least two car-lengths" away, Maurina said, when she heard the officer say, "Hey, hey, hey," followed by gunshots.
"I watched him kind of slowly, sort of gracefully and elegantly, fall to the ground," Maurina said of the man. "From what I saw, it did not look right."
Diaz said Tuesday that police are asking that other witnesses come forward.
Originally posted by Hopingthebest
Just a lil off topic, Is that Max Cavalera in your avatar?
On to topic... Im from Wa state and yes our police are very on edge due to all the police murders latley. Not that they should use that as an excuse but if some cop yells at me to drop my knife, Im going to drop it! Some people are just in to much shock at the blue being in their face that they just dont comply.
Mr. Policeman maybe ya should wait till he get aggresive and jumps in your face before you should shoot 5+ times!
Whatever happened to a flesh wound? I know if Ive been shot in the leg Im dropping.
Wa state needs to get past this and re train their patrol. Not everyone is oout to get them.
Metz said about a minute passed between the time Birk saw Williams crossing the street and the time the fatal shots were fired.
Does that count for a steak knife in a restaurant?
Originally posted by HomerinNC
could he have been on a street corner in a downtown section of seattle, or was he in his own yard? If he had a knife out on a street corner downtown, someone might have called the police because of the knife; you dont know when someone will snap and slash the throat of a passerby. There is definitely more to this story
Originally posted by janon
There may be 1 bad cop out of ever 100 but knowing my luck I'll run into that 1 bad cop so I don't trust any of them.