It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker.
Please white-list or disable AboveTopSecret.com in your ad-blocking tool.
Some features of ATS will be disabled while you continue to use an ad-blocker.
Originally posted by Flow101
It's a very sad story, but in my opinion the ones to blame are the victim's family. Why would they let him out without any supervision if he's mentally disabled.
The cop just acted the same way that most people would, he saw a "gun" being pointed at him and he defended his own life. It's a tragic story but this time the blame doesn't go to the police.
A 6 mm minimum orange tip must be present on the barrel end of the airsoft gun (or clear/transparent body) to identify it as such for any commercial sales. Once sold, local laws may vary on whether or not the orange tip must be kept. In many places no laws exist restricting one from removing or replacing the orange tip, but one should check the local laws before making such a modification.
On May 5, two Sheriff’s Deputies and one Syracuse Police Officer responded to a report that an armed man was behaving erratically and appeared to be drunk while carrying what appeared to be a .357 Magnum tucked into his waist band.
When the officers located Benjamin Campione in the RTC parking lot, they told him to show his hands. Instead, the man crouched in an aggressive manner and brandished the gun, which detectives would later find out was a realistic looking pellet gun.
The officers believed Campione was about to fire on him, according to the DA, and they responded with deadly force, hitting him four times.
The Grand Jury reviewing the incident heard evidence of the man’s mental history, including the fact that he had stopped taking his medication.
Any officer close enough to actually be in danger should have realized that if this gun was a danger, it would likely only be a danger to the shooter, as it would likely blow up in his face.