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Sunday, June 14, 2020
THE ATLANTA SHOOTING
UPDATE: Here is some footage of the shooting. It first shows the man violently resisting arrest. He takes the officer's taser and he flees. While he is being chased he turns and apparently fires the taser at the officer. We do not care that the police have previously taken the position that a taser is not deadly force. This is a violent attack on the officer and the shoot was justified. There are other videos showing the officers interacting with the man- investigating the DUI. They do nothing wrong and the man is cooperative until as they try to cuff him, he suddenly and violently responds. There is nothing wrong here other than a tragic loss of life because a drunk driver violently resisted arrest.
Item: Atlanta police officers make a DUI arrest at a Wendys. The suspect resists arrest and disarms the officer of his taser- which is a very dangerous scenario. The suspect flees and is shot and killed and the officer is fired. And for good measure the protestors burn down the Wendys the next day.
Let's start with the Wendys. They had nothing to do with what occurred. Most likely the Wendys was owned by a franchisee. Why burn their business down?
Now lets move on to the officer. Being disarmed of the taser creates a situation where the suspect could disable any officer by stunning them and then harm them further or disarm them of their firearm and kill them. This, in our opinion, allows any officer to use deadly force against such an individual.
And yet the police chief of Atlanta resigned and the officer was fired.
What are we missing?