If he was unarmed and running away it’s going to be really hard for the police to trot out their usual tales of “I was in fear for my life” or “He lunged at me”.
Not saying the dead teen didn’t ask for it, just saying that the police might not be able to cover up some cop just shooting the kid in the back because the cop was too tired, impatient, or out of shape to chase him.
The fleeing felon rule.
There is a tendency for police to shoot someone because they run away from a car stop or another police involved situation.
They don't need to. Fleeing the scene after shots were fired from that car, wounding a person? [While perhaps only confirmed after the fact, the guns in the car show that it was the right car.] That's a solid case of a fleeing felon who can reasonably be presumed to pose a risk to others.
Tennessee v. Garner, 471 U.S. 1.
A police officer may not seize an unarmed, nondangerous suspect by shooting him dead...however...Where the officer has probable cause to believe that the suspect poses a threat of serious physical harm, either to the officer or to others, it is not constitutionally unreasonable to prevent escape by using deadly force.
Justice Byron White
Context here is important, it wasnt just a routine traffic stop.
Yeah, here we go again. A bunch of FReepers getting all turgid over a cop shooting someone.
Too tired to chase him? That’s absurd. What a low opinion of the police.