Monday, March 2, 2015
An Automatic Death Sentence From Which There Is No Appeal
I can't tell for sure what all is going on here, but a man is dead after being shot by police in Los Angeles, that much is clear.
Yet another execution on the streets of LA. Happens all the time.
The man is seen in the video disobeying and struggling with the po-po. He should have known that would be a death sentence. Many of those commenting on the video say as much. Po-po seem to believe it without question: disobedience and struggling with the police is justification for use of lethal force in most jurisdictions, most especially in places like the meaner streets of Los Angeles where this incident took place.
The police claim that the man they shot and killed was "going for the gun" of one of the officers. This is the justification police use almost as often as the "reaching for his waistband" justification. They are often false justifications, but you can see for yourself that it is difficult/impossible to tell whether the man they shot and killed in this video was "going for" a gun or anything else. It looks like he's simply trying to ward off the blows raining down on him, but it's too dark and the distance is too great to be sure.
Po-po lie routinely and they are routinely allowed to get away with it, so I would not take their word without question.
On the other hand, video isn't necessarily conclusive. This one certainly isn't, but it will have to do until something more definitive shows up.
The point here, obvious as sin, is that the man who was shot and killed was disobedient and struggled with police, and whenever that happens, it seems that the police have full authority to kill at will.
Just as they have the authority to kill any Negro they see with a gun -- or who they think has a gun. It doesn't matter whether it's true or not. All that matters is their perception.
At any rate, another man is dead on the streets of LA, killed by police. He was black and homeless and possibly mentally ill or impaired, but all that really matters in the eyes of the police is that he was disobedient and struggled with the police.
Doing so is in their eyes justification for summary execution.
They are cowards, every one of them.