To: Zhang Fei
The moral of this incident is that drug dealers should not make any sudden movements while being challenged by a cop.
There is no evidence that the unarmed 18 year old who was shot to death in his own apartment was a 'drug dealer'. Even the article you cite doesn't claim this. The only evidence reported is that a 'bag of marijuana' (no mention of amount) was found near the victim. The only real moral here is that in the US today, cops can break into your home at will without a legal warrant or invitation, claim you are menacing them, and shoot you - and can then find people willing to blame you for having the nerve to get killed by the cops for the crime of standing in your own bathroom holding a bag of weed.
The case was apparently thrown out due to a DA's mistake and will apparently be re-submitted to a grand jury. I sincerely hope so.
The one thing here that bothers me is this LEO’s explanation of ‘looked like he had a gun’ is a person’s normal posture when flushing a toilet from a standing position. Most people have to bend over.
I’ve never seen in the movies where a perp with a gun bends over like one would do flushing a toilet to even ‘get a gun’ from his rear pocket, say.
The other thing is that if this perp did exactly that, then he wasn’t ‘waving’ a gun at the cop, already.
This cop needs to be retried.
posted on 05/19/2013 3:21:29 AM PDT
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