The mainstream press was quick to label the analysis of the shooting of Tamir Rice by 2 individuals as done by “experts.” I don’t think a careful investigation of the shooting of a 12-year-old playing with a toy gun should be called justifiable.
This is the ABC news headline:
Inside the 2 Expert Reports that Found Tamir Rice Shooting ‘Reasonable’
The lawyers representing Tamir’s family think there is something fishy about this case:
“It is now obvious that the prosecutor’s office has been on a 12-month quest to avoid providing that accountability,” he said. He added that the prosecutor’s office didn’t provide his office or the Rice family with the details from the reports. He also questioned the timing of the release, at 8 p.m. Saturday on the Columbus Day holiday weekend.
“To get so-called experts to assist in the whitewash — when the world has the video of what happened — is all the more alarming,” Chandra said. “Who will speak for Tamir before the grand jury? Not the prosecutor, apparently.”
The killing of Tamir has become part of a national outcry about minorities, especially black boys and men, dying during encounters with police.
The logical conclusion is that the officers involved in this case were too hasty and did not have all the information:
…two seconds after the police cruiser driven by his partner pulled up next to the boy. Police say the officers were responding to a call about a man with a gun, but were not told the caller said the gun could be a fake and the man an adolescent.
They were not justified in shooting Rice. It was a mistake. That’s my non-expert opinion.
He also has been accused in court of using excessive force at least three times since 2009, each time over his use of a flashlight as a weapon, and captured on video in two separate incidents beating a suspect with a long, metal flashlight. Video of one of those incidents began circulating in December. The Sacramento Bee this month obtained exclusive video of the second incident – shot from the dashboard cameras of two patrol cars.
In the most recent complaint, Pfeifer was sued this month in Sacramento Superior Court by a Carmichael man who says he was beaten, pepper-sprayed and shot with Taser darts in December as two bystanders captured the scene on video.
Source: Video captures Sacramento County deputy beating prone suspect with flashlight | The Sacramento Bee
“I can’t breathe,” witnesses claim they heard man say as deputies pressed their knees into the non-violent man’s neck.
Source: Shock Video: Man Runs into Jail Lobby for Help, Dies After Encounter with Deputies | The Free Thought Project
What’s the excuse this time:
The unedited version of a video obtained by KSAT 12 News showing the fatal shooting of a man by two Bexar County sheriff deputies will now be made available for online viewing.
The video will include the actual moment the 41-year-old suspect, Gilbert Flores, was shot outside a home in the 24400 block of Walnut Pass. The video also shows what deputies Greg Vasquez and Robert Sanchez did moments after the shooting. Vasquez and Sanchez are on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.
See Unedited video
There is an effort to try and blame the tragic police killing in Texas on the #BlackLivesMatter movement. The reality is, according to CNN, this individual had a history of mental issues. He was essentially a homeless person who had a history of violence. Another case of a mentally deranged individual that was able to get a gun. Therefore the blame should really go to the NRA and not those who are working to end police brutality.
The murder of Sam DuBose and False arrest of Sandra Bland are only the latest examples of how cameras fail prevent the innocent from being terrorized by law enforcement. So why do the politicians offer this as the only solution to rampant police brutality in America? Maybe they are not interested in stopping it. Or maybe they are afraid of losing support from the police unions. The same way both parties are afraid of the NRA.