One of the tropes that has come out of the shit show that is Ferguson, MO is the call for all police to have to wear cameras on the persons that record all their interactions with people. This is a far less than stellar idea, especially if those video records are accessible by the public or, worse, the agenda-driven MSM.
Simple put, don’t necessarily believe your possibly lying eyes – as you might be able to see after watching the video presented below.
Police Brutality or Legal Use of Deadly Force?
For most observers it’s blatantly obvious. The police officer ordered the suspect to put the weapon down, and then shoots him as he is complying with the officers command. That’s police brutality in a general sense and an “execution style” murder in the more specific.
Such would certainly be what the average, untrained, inexperienced on the streets observer would see. It’s certainly what so many of the anti-police crowd and the ethnoguiltists would expect to see. It’s also what the MSM would definitely portray, especially since it involved a White officer and a Black perp.
And yet, this is wrong. If that’s what your eyes saw, they were lying to you, either due to a combination of lack of training and experience and perspective or due to observer-expectancy effect.
In actuality, the perp had a pistol in the back of his waistband and was reaching for it in order to shoot the police officer as he was lowering his rifle to the ground. The second officer, who had circled the building and came up behind the perp, saw it, called, “Gun!” and the first officer put the perp down with three rounds to center of mass.
No single GoPro camera footage is going to show the whole of the facts of the encounter. Nor is likely that bystander’s camera phone footage would either. Hence, demanding or endorsing the use of such devices or such behavior as the recent trend in people thinking it’s right to film the police in the normal course of their often unpleasant and dangerous duties a particularly good thing overall.
Remember this lesson whenever you’re shown a video of a police officer supposedly behaving badly or with excess force and/or aggression.