Thursday, April 9, 2015

Shot in the Back

http://calibrepress.com/2015/04/video-ny-times-version/

This video shows a man running away from and officer and the officer fires a number of shots at the man, who falls to the ground.  The officer handcuffs the man and calls out a shots fired call on his radio.  The officer then backtracks his steps and picks something up off the ground, he walks back to where the man is laying on the ground and drops the item on the ground next to the man, as another officer approaches.

The second officer calls for a first aid kit and begins to render aid to the man, the officer is apparently uninjured.  The man later died of his wounds.  The officer said that he stopped the man for a minor traffic violation, they fought over his stun gun and the officer had to shoot the man to prevent him from getting the officers stun gun. 

The item the officer dropped next to the man was apparently a stun gun.  The officer was not disheveled as if he had been in a fight and he had no obvious injuries.  I find it difficult to imagine a scenario where it would be legal, moral, or correct for the officer to have been shooting this unarmed man in the back as he ran away after a minor traffic violation, and even if he had fought over the stun gun; that's what the SGT Says.

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