Perhaps unwittingly, but seems to me you've just outlined a scenario where Wilson would be justified in shooting to kill in self-defense. You claim that within the period between the first series of shots and the second series of shots, you were able to stop, pivot, and walk several steps before the shots began again. This could just as easily indicate that even after being hit by at least two shots in the first volley, Brown had time to continue moving towards the officer instead of laying on the ground, incapacitated. As mentioned previously, an officer is trained not to shoot unless they intend to keep shooting until the target is incapacitated and not moving.
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Act I, Scene I The Walk
-Brown, feeling pumped up from slapping down the clerk and taking all his smokes, and wanting to impress his friend further, is sauntering down the middle of the street.
-Wilson sees Brown and his first thought is "WTF- who does he think he is?"
-Wilson orders Brown to the sidewalk. Brown, knowing he has an audience, complies very slowly (dis-respects Wilson)
Act I scene II The Door
-Wilson get pissed, reverses and deliberatly cuts close to Brown and opens the door (Re-asserts his dominance)
-Brown then tries to push the door out of his way, (No, I am dominant)
-Wilson grabs Brown (Nope, I am dominant). Brown resists (Just slapped down a "punk" at the store, you want to be next?).
Things go down hill and Wilson eventually re-asserts his dominance by killing Brown in a rage
Last edited by Cryptic; 08-27-14 at 09:36 AM.
I guess he isn't.
He had to get "even".
Wilson could have easily killed several people on a busy street at noon on a Saturday with that kind of incompetent shooting.
He should have holstered his piece, sat in his cruiser and called in an APB ...
He was well known, unarmed and he weighed 300 pounds.
Brown would have been apprehended within 10 minutes.
A man without fear is a fool, a man that succumbs to his fear is a coward and a brave man acknowledges fear yet presses on.
Last edited by shrubnose; 08-27-14 at 10:08 AM.
Speaking of the audience, the presence of Johnson probably amplified Wilson's reaction as well. Wilson was disrespected in front of a witness who was also just the sort to spread exaggerated tales of Brown slapping him aside and "owning" him.
Police are human, and many police in the US have honor culture backgrounds. Granted, police almost always keep their emotions under control and dont let macho contests escalate. But... it can happen.
Last edited by Cryptic; 08-27-14 at 10:11 AM.
Typical CNN reporting cycle:
Day One: BREAKING NEWS
Day Two: Was the breaking news yesterday a hoax?
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