ScaupHunter wrote:I don't think we can really call this one as justified or not. I think a court needs to decide this one with a panel of jurors hearing the facts and seeing the tapes. .
I agree with ScaupHunter on this, the courts need to decide whether or not it was justified. He was armed with two knives and a potential threat to anyone in his immediate area and he did just threaten to kill them. He did challenge them with the knives as well after the bang was deployed. The courts may or may not rule it justified. If you watch the video really close he was shot with a less lethal gun first and I think that is what set the two rifles into motion. They got trigger happy when they heard the report from the shotgun and the suspect was actually turning away from the pain of the first drag stabilizing round that hit him initially.
I really think there were some other options that could have been explored that would have made them look a lot less like villains. I really don’t see why after the flash bang they didn’t just thump him with the less lethal drag stabilizers till he submitted. If then he attacked there would be no question at all as to the justification. We have had more time to try the case than they had to make the decision to shoot already and I really hate to second guess other law enforcement officers. I would like to believe that we always make the right decisions at critical moments like this one but, I just don’t feel that the suspect had to die at that particular moment. Three seconds later may have been a different story if he continued to challenge or attack. That’s the part of the story that we will never know and the two officers that were providing lethal cover will have to live with the decision they made from now own.