They knew he could be violent.
LiveLeak.com - Police Shoot Homeless Man During Camping Arrest - **KILL HIM DEAD****Boyd, who police said may have been a paranoid schizophrenic, has a long criminal history.
In the past, he allegedly attacked people with knives, box cutters, and
his hands, and in 2010 broke a female officer's nose, according to
"Every time something really bad happens, people cry out for safety, and the government answers by taking rights away from good people." - Penn Jillette.
it looked like they used the non lethal bean bag shells.
But they were not going up to arrest him for only vagrancy, there was more involved.
As to how much equipment to take, always bring more than you will need,
everyone hates to find out you need more than you have.
The fact that some of the group choose to use lethal force,
when they clearly had other options, will go hard for the police.
or at least being prepared to do so.
it just depends on what those previous actions were.
When the police go to arrest a suspect, who has a history of violence,
and has shown little regard for the lives of others, it is safe for them to assume
the person may be violent.
In this case it went overboard, and some of the police used unwarranted lethal force.
I think the primary officer was already fired, and now may face criminal charges.
They appear to be valid charges in this case.
We do not need cowboy cops, but we also need to understand, we ask the police
to do an ugly job, and we need to allow them some flexibility in doing it.
Unless having a firearm, tazer and pepper-spray is no longer sufficient in subduing individuals.
They're not responding to a guy wielding knives stabbing people at random, they're responding to a vagrancy charge.