posted on Dec, 18 2010 @ 08:04 AM
I have some mixed feelings about this and I don't blame the officer so much as I blame the system in which the officer is indoctrinated. While it
doesn't seem like the "suspect" was given enough time to comply or really even enough time to figure out what was going on, the officer was simply
doing what he was trained to do. While I do think the officer is to blame, I also think the system is to blame on equal footing.
We, as citizens should be able to walk down the street with a knife is we so choose, so long as we aren't hurting anyone with it. However, the cop
has been indoctrinated to believe otherwise. I'm sure that his training and experience told him that if you see someone walking down the street with
a knife, you disarm him because generally speaking, he probably thinks that only criminals would be carrying a knife. On the same note, this cop is an
adult and it is his own fault that he has been indoctrinated. It's his responsibility to know the law and the Constitution is the supreme law of the
land. Ignorance of the law is no excuse to break the law.
Looking at it from the view of Williams, this guy must of either been really brave, or really stupid. Sure, he should have a right to walk down the
street with a knife but on the same token, he should have known that his rights mean little, if anything, in this day in age.
Also, I just wan't to go back to this officer's firing of his weapon. It doesn;t seem like the officer gave Williams enough time to comply to his
commands. In the video, you can see Williams walk by and he clearly isn't pay attention. It doesn't appear as if he sees the officer. Thus he is
probably rudely awakened from his thought by someone shouting "drop the knife". Since he is apparently a woodcarver, he is so use to having that
knife and he doesn't really look at it like a weapon, so much as he sees it as a tool. Instead, he is probably thinking, "who is that yelling me
at" and then before you know it, that apparently "trigger-happy" officer squeezes off a few rounds. I would even go so far as to say that the
officer clearly didn't even consider the lives of innocent bystanders walking and driving about.
Of course, we just don't know some key variables, such as the actions of Williams when he was ordered to drop his "tool". Did he charge after the
officer or what? I think it is a good probability that Williams just ignored the cop, as he looked to be deep in thought as he walked down the street.
However, I think it's safe to say that this cop shouldn't have opened fire so soon, unless of course Williams charged the cop or a bystander, which
by the way, I don't think happened.
Regardless of how the cop was trained or indoctrinated, it is his responsibility to know the law and since the Constitution is the supreme law of the
land, it supercedes any laws that he is accustomed to enforcing. If we turn the situation around and it was the cop bleeding out on the street, there
would be no question of Williams guilt, if he wasn;t shot dead y the arriving officers, regardless if it was self defense. I certainly don't believe
there should be a double standard here and from what we can see in that video, it sure seems the cop is in the wrong and thus should be charged and
prosecuted in the same way that anyone else would be. If you shoot an innocent man, you are a criminal, especially when you should have known better.
That's just the way it is, regardless of precedent. All too often, when the police shoot an innocent person, it is seen as a mistake. There is
something inherently wrong with such a notion.