We don't have routinely armed police officers in my country and this case is a good reason why. You should only have special response units that carry arms.
If that had been me driving that truck and my wallet was on my seat or in the center console, I believe I would have done the exact same thing when that cop asked me for my drivers licence.
I am someone who tends to side with law enforcement and give them the benifit of the doubt, but in this case the fault lies 100% with the police officer. Ordering him to get out of the car when he reached for his wallet I can understand, but popping off 3 shots when the guy was again, trying to comply with his directives is simply inexcusable.
As I said on the other thread, that cop needs to find himself a new career, because he obviously doesn't have what it takes to be in law enforcement.
Also, I happen to keep my driver's license in my left front pocket. If I had reached into my left front pocket I don't doubt he would have started shooting at me under the assumption that I was reaching for a weapon.
I think he should be charged.
You cannot just allow cops to shoot people for virtually no cause and just fire them for it.
What if he had permanently injured or even killed this person?
If cops can shoot people for little cause and legally get away with it, what would stop a cop from committing murder (assuming no connection to the victim could be proven).
Say a cop had a secret affair that he wanted out of, but the other person refused and threatened to go public. What is to stop the cop from pulling the person over during a 'routine' traffic stop and doing the same thing this cop did...but intentionally and he murders the victim?
They get away with murder and the cop just loses his/her job.
Sure, it's far fetched, but definitely possible.
Trigger happy cops who shoot first and ask questions later should be subject to discipline under the law and not just be fired when they go too far.
If cops don't like it, don't become cops.
It's an honorable profession, but it does not mean they can just shoot people whenever they get 'jumpy' and get away with it.
'What kind of sick and twisted toy factory is this?'
'We are all the sum of our tears. Too little and the ground is not fertile, and nothing can grow there. Too much, the best of us is washed away.'
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