posted on Jun, 14 2011 @ 12:57 PM
I have seen several videos, and you can clearly see that Grant was resisting arrest.
Lesson 1 to be learned, in such circumstances, do exactly what the cops are telling you to do, because that is your best chance for survival.
Lesson 2, resisting arrest can very likely lead to your own death, or sever injury.
People were yelling at the law enforcement personnel, who are only there to do their jobs. This undoubtedly increase the tension, stress, and
emotional states of the officers, once again, increasing the odds that something bad was going to happen.
Lesson 3, when something like this is going down, keep your mouth shut. It is stupid to make a bad situation worse by shooting your mouth off.
All those people who had to shoot their mouths off contributed to this young man getting killed.
Who knows, maybe the kid, he looks real young, was a victim. Maybe he got into a fight defending himself or a friend, maybe he was a good young man
who got caught in a bad situation, and felt that he was being unfairly singled out. Even so, he should have stuck with lessons 1 and 2, and he would
still be alive today.
I know I have seen people under stress make stupid mistakes, and I have done so myself. We all do, so there is reasonable doubt that the officer
thought he was pulling his taser. His reaction shows this. He might not even know himself how he pulled his pistol instead of the taser.
What would his motivations be for killing this young man? For him to be guilty of a more serious crime, they would have to prove that he was a bigot
of some kind, with no concern for human life. Without a clear history, that would be very hard to prove. What is most likely is that he reacted in
fear, and made a very bad mistake.
It is a tragic event, the best thing to do is learn some lessons from it.
If you are getting arrested in a public place under chaotic conditions, cooperate with the police completely, because that is your best chance for
survival. Not only does it increase you odds of survival, you can earn some respect from the police, and chances are far greater that you will be
through the ordeal that much quicker.
Teach your young people out there, that this is what they should do, especially if they have been partaking.
While there are bad cops, most of them are decent people, and if you give respect, you are more likely to get some respect. Demonstrate that you have
emotional control and that you can act in an intelligent manner, and things pretty much always go better, even when the cops are acting like jerks.
Remember to keep a cool head.