James Durfee BBQ pitmaster.
While some may be swayed by the testimony of the robbery suspect to what happened, one should ask if he has a motive to lie. he just robbed a store, and at high noon and in broad daylight he tells a pretty far fetched story.
This is why with modern technology cameras need to be in each cruiser, and on each uniform, to keep everyone honest. Video for the most part sifts through the lies.
The video of the store being robbed paints a far different picture of the shooting victim, and now the outrage is that the video was released. The victim assaulted the store owner, as well as stealing the cigars. The size of the shooting victim plays into the next events that ends his life.
It is very sad that his neighborhood had to loot and riot and not wait out the facts being brought forward. If you rob a store, then confront a Law Officer, be prepared to surrender right away, or you may just die. I do not believe the witness to the shooting, unless we find that this officer has had similar complaints.
The video of the robbery tells what happened minutes before the shooting... You have a huge young man who uses that size to dominate others. I suspect the officer who shot him felt he had no choice but to do what he did. While we don't like the outcome, the young man put himself into this terrible situation by robbing a store and assaulting the store owner.
Many will say the young man did not have to die, but if he had got the officers gun do you think the officer would be alive today?
“I like one-shot kills where possible and prefer to do all my hunting before I shoot.” ..... Elmer Keith
the officer had to make a possible life or death split second decision as to either kill or be killed . I've heard nothing about him running away , but even if that was the case I would venture to say that "running away " is likely 2 different things ,depending on who was asked. If he was only stepping away to regroup before a second attempt to disarm the cop, or gain distance to pull his own weapon ( just because he didnt have one then does not indicate as to whether he has had weapon violations in the past that may have been known by the officer)that could be told as "running away " by his eye witness friends , if he was 50+feet away and shot in the back that is also running away. What most tend to overlook is the fact that cops (especially white cops) are seen as the enemy when entering these type neighborhoods,so "eye witnesses can easily have a premeditated opinion as to who was in the wrong.
There is picture circulating with him having a pistol in hand , money in mouth and bottle of booze, so given the public pictures , previous arrest records ( and how many unrecorded run ins with the law) it is hard not to side with someone that has been trained to handle firearms and likely has a knowledgeable background in the suspects previous history and actions in the community.
To address you ass whoopin statements ....... well, you need to cover that shinyhead because you've taken to much sun to the brain.
Curious - would you talk to each other face to face as you post here in the comfort of away?
More speculation........bet you someone has or had a cell phone pic/video of this altercation. Now one has to wonder why it has not been put on the web.............uummmmmm.
I understand from my western novels that you always watch the other guy's eyes to see if he is going to start something Maybe the cop saw a "foolish thought" in the young black man's eyes. Having seen a fair amount of school yard fights I think most people will realize by watching the other fellow "when and if" he has a plan/urg.
"To become competent in governing others, we must first learn to govern ourselves"