This man was an obvious case of someone with severe mental illness. At first the othefficer was only using his baton, and mase, showing restraint at first, ok… However, even though they had the man in front of them, and they outnumbered him, which should have allowed for them to be able to tase, or otherwise subdue him, they still somehow determined it was neccessary to fill the man up with bullets.
I dont’ care what anybody says. A large portion of the police force have a constant craving to be presented with an opportunity where the tulebook allows for the use of deadly force. They are not holding back the use of deadly force as a “last resort”, that they dread having to resort to. They go bed at night hoping the next day they may be allowed to discharge their service weapon onto another human being.
This is one of the reasons that I reject the notion that the police only target blacks when “resorting” to deadly force. When they are in “Am I allowed to shoot now?”-mode, the color of the skin of the assailant is inconsequential to them. So long as they are allowed to discharge that hot piece of metal into another living human beings flesh, they are perfectly satisfied. Hence why statistics show that in fact more white males are the victims of police shootings than blacks, which is shocking to me being that I do believe that police to target minorities more often for pety harrassment related arrests. And as far as profiling the drivers of vehicles to pull over, its blatantly obvious that black men are targeted most often. In my suburban Connecticut town, a black make wouldn’t make it a half mile driving around town before getting pulled over, being that very very few backs reside there.
The point being is that cops love to have a reason to pull the trigger. They live for it, and this another case of excessive force where tasers, buttons, and simply outnumbering the suspect would have been suffcient in supressing him. They however chose to blast away, yet again.