You Won’t Like This Video

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On December 9, National Review ran a story, written by David French, about the police killing of a man in a hallway of the La Quinta Inn at Mesa, Arizona. The story begins in this way:

If you have the stomach for it, I want you to watch one of the most outrageous and infuriating videos I’ve ever seen.

The article includes the video.

I’ve spent a good deal of time trying to think of another way to put it — to say something wiser or cleverer or more analytical than the sentence I just quoted. I can’t think how to do that. Maybe this is because I can’t get over the emotional effects of what I saw when I watched the video. But if you have the stomach for it, I want you to watch it too.




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Steven C.

I don't know if this was a training issue/problem or if this officer is just trigger happy. I suspect the latter.

There were 2 officers present. The proper procedure should have been for the officer to order the man to lay face down, put his hands behind his head and lock his fingers. One officer should have covered the person with his weapon, then the other should have patted him down and handcuffed him. No one dies, no one has contradictory orders.

This was just plain stupid.

Richard Parker

"But the man shot had some time earlier pointed a rifle out of his hotel window, in a city a few hours drive away from Las Vegas, where not to long back a man with a rifle sticking out of a hotel window killed 58 people and wounded 400 more."

This incident took place months and months before the LV incident in an open carry-state.

Richard Parker

If crawling on your belly crying won't save your life, what will?

And the whole Stand Up - Sit Down - Lean to the Left - Lean to the Right routine just to humiliate the man.

Gary Jason

I watched the video, and it was disturbing. But the man shot had some time earlier pointed a rifle out of his hotel window, in a city a few hours drive away from Las Vegas, where not to long back a man with a rifle sticking out of a hotel window killed 58 people and wounded 400 more. This was a very bizarre thing to do.The fact that it was a paintball gun isn't really a compelling point, since a bystander looking on would have no idea what kind of rifle it was.

Certainly putting the cop under review is in order. But pointing rifles out of hotel room windows, and suddenly moving your hands toward the small of your back--where pistols are often hidden--are very unwise actions to take in today's America.

Visitor

But he clearly didn't have a rifle stuffed down the back of his shorts, or even a pistol probably. The totality of the circumstances should lead a rational, reasonable person to conclude that this person likely is not posing an imminent, unavoidable threat of great-bodily harm to the officer (he left his room without any rifle; if he had wanted to shoot the officer, he would have likely done so upon first emerging from the room; he is clearly very terrified and attempting to comply with the cop's bizarre game of "Twister"---making him submit to weird contortions and combinations of hand and foot placement, etc;).
A reasonable person (cop or not), under these circumstances, when acting on the sole information reported by a bystander, that someone pointed a rifle out the window, would simply order the perp onto the ground, then approach, and pat-down the perp---rather than scream contradictory commands and threats at him for minute after excruciating minute.

Gary Jason

Of course nobody carries a rifle in the back of his pants (he was wearing pants, not just underwear). But people often conceal pistols in the back of their pants. And reach for that region the man surely did.

As I said, the cop should be given a review and trial. I don't like condemning men without trial, even if they are cops, so agents of the 'state'.

Richard

Disturbing and disgusting. Based on this video this officer should have been convicted of murder.

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