posted on Feb, 11 2013 @ 02:38 AM
This is just a whole new level of incompetent if you ask me, even if
they were to show me a video of this man gunning down someone
it would still NEVER EVER EVER make the actions of the police
in reference to shooting at civilians OK NEVER, this is not a country
where out of fear our police are allowed to open fire on civis, there are
laws that govern that and simply saying i was afraid is not enough,
there are reasons for a police officer to open fire out of fear but
just because there is a guy out there who might shoot at you does
not give the authority to open fire on several civilians with absolutely
no reason other than fear for their lives.
A police officer is required to identify himself for one, to warn you for
another, and unless you actually brandish a weapon these things
must happen before he opens fire, now i can understand in certain
situations that things are not clear cut when it comes to a gun being
seen etc, however in this case it is clear enough that it was simply
either A: they thought it was him and were so afraid they did not
follow procedure or B: they want this man dead and will not follow
procedure..... either way that goes its criminal, if anyone of us were
to ram a blue truck and open fire on the occupants because we
were AFRAID it might be the bad guy and the truck was driving slow.....
do you really honestly think ANY jury would not at the very least
convict you of manslaughter or more likely 2nd degree murder?
The police have rules and guidelines, i know they have a dangerous job
and they do deserve to have a little leeway when it comes to situations
that are very complicated however that leeway does NOT and NEVER
should include opening fire indiscriminately while ignoring procedure
because of fear, they know the job will include fear and extreme stress,
they sign on knowing this and are expected to deal with this in a professional
manner. opening fire on civilians more than once mistakenly is not
professional in any sense of the word.