Police shoot dead unarmed man in New York
Poor guy, he attempted to help a mother and her children who were under attack by a knife wielding man and he is the one who gets shot and killed.
Poorly written article (which is why I usually don't read yahoo news) - there has to be more to this story.
“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists to adapt the world to himself.
Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” ― George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman
1) Why did the cops (according to one of your articles) initially say that the innocent man was stabbed (rather than shot), then changed their story?
2) Why didn't the innocent man drop the knife, when ordered?
3) Why did the innocent man "barge into the apartment," after the cops tried to stop him?
4) Why did the medical examiner say he was shot in the back, when the cops initially said he turned and came at them with the knife (then they shot him - and I would assume that would mean he was shot in front)?
So you see, I would have questions for the cops, yes - but I will reserve judgment until all the facts are in and let IA do their job. Too many inconsistencies right now and I'm just not sure what that means.
Last edited by Luke Skywalker; 10-03-14 at 04:56 AM.
my bad - scratch question #'s 2 and 4 above - sorry, folks, been a long night (lol).
Last edited by Luke Skywalker; 10-03-14 at 05:32 AM.
1) It seems he was both stabbed (by the attacker) and shot (by the police in error). It isn't clear what was officially announced and what was assumed by reporters based on limited information and off-the-record comments but in my experience, misreporting of this nature is more often a result of the latter.
2) The innocent man never had the knife. The attacker had the knife and the innocent man fought with him. The police ordered the attacker to drop the knife.
3) Human emotion. His partner was being threatened by her ex with a knife. It doesn't sound like it was a sensible thing to do in the circumstances but people don't do sensible things in these kinds of circumstances.
4) I think you've already picked up that you've mixed up the attacker and the innocent man here.
In itself it sounds like an all too common domestic dispute. That it got to the point that the police felt the need to shoot the attacker is unfortunate. That it led to one of the victims getting shot and killed is tragic. As things stand there isn't much more we're in a position to say about the incident.
Now, if you will excuse me, I will say good night (or good day, to be more specific) - sleep beckons me.
This thread is an excellent example of why eyewitness accounts aren't always the best evidence.
Different people see and remember different things.
It's not that they're lying, they just don't remember exactly what happened.
There are games based on this.
Last edited by shrubnose; 10-03-14 at 06:39 AM.
It's likely the cops saw a chance to kill someone and get away with it and so they took the shot.
“Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.”
― Stephen R. Covey