Yes, it's more believable after seeing the video
No, it's not more believable that he attacked the cop unprovoked
I think the cop shot him out of anger
I think the cop feared for his life and that's why he shot him
My impression of this whole situation is that no one really knows what happened, but a bunch of people made assumptions and acted on them.
That said, I always tend to approach a situation involving a police officer shooting someone from the perspective of "why did they shoot the person?".
If that question is not answered, I move on to things like "should they have shot the person?"
If I get a no on that last, we enter the territory of "was it a mistake or intentional?", and "what reason(s), if any, did the police officer have that would justify shooting this person?"
So you see, it takes a bit to reach the point of "that police officer is a sick SOB who just wanted to shoot someone", let alone "they shot the person because of their race".
Last edited by The Mark; 08-17-14 at 07:33 PM.
Sometimes I think we're alone. Sometimes I think we're not. In either case, the thought is staggering. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller
That said, if the man is unarmed, the bar of "believing one's life is in danger" is a bit higher than if he is armed...
taking cigars from a little store owner and confronting an armed police are two different things please give me a break!!!!! the big tuff black guy syndrome lol i hope no one here is justifing the shooting.....
so what you are saying is that if you hit a cop and run he can kill you correct? but what is interesting is that cops are assauted everyday and people run looks like there would be alot more people shot by police maybe 2 to 5 hundred a day lol now this guy from the cattle guy in nevada pionting his gun at the police should have been shot lol
Last edited by plutonium; 08-18-14 at 12:43 PM.
But if we were, and I'm not, how likely is it that Johnson's confession was coerced when it surely was recorded and a jury will see it? And which is more likely--that this cop went rogue and shot a "gentle giant" to death or that Brown bum-rushed the cop?
(Who knows? As JayDubya said on another thread, both of these explanations are dumb.)