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 Posted: Fri Apr 16th, 2021 01:25 am
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khawk wrote: 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.

Just a quick comment also - police knew he had a gun, told him to "drop the fucking gun", so what should the perp do?  Sling the gun behind a fence not visible to the officer or drop the gun in front of the officer?  Officer thought he still had the gun and had no time to process what had just happened.  There's a terrific camera angle on the CPD site from the house behind the fence where the shooting took place.  It's hard to describe this in words, but you can see the kid run up and sling the gun behind the fence as he turns to face the officer while his gun-hand was hidden until literally the last split-second.  Hate to have to analyze this like it's the Zapruder film, but the officer had to make a life-and-death decision in a split second.  

The court of public opinion is out in full force though on Twitter ("poor baby, he was ONLY 13!, kill the police!")  It's nuts.

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