View single post by khawk
 Posted: Fri Apr 16th, 2021 01:12 am
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I guess the question is how long the officer should have/could have waited before firing. The time is so fast between the kid stopping and the officer shooting, two points of view are valid, IMO:
1) The officer belived the kid had a gun (and according to Blazer he did basically up until he stopped), so the perp stopping and turning would have been grounds to shoot if the officer believed he was armed.
2) The officer gave the perp no time to show he did not have the gun anymore and might have been trying to just put his hands up to surrender.

If the officer waits and the kid still had the gun, the officer is the one who is dead. But at the same time it's not wrong to say he should have waited another split second to see if the kid really still had the weapon.

Complete catch-22 here to me.