The news came from Charleston, SC that a police officer was charged with murder for shooting an unarmed citizen. Apparently the officer stopped a man with a broken tail light, but the man ran away. The officer then used a stun gun on the man, but it did not stop him. That is when a video begins of the incident. The video clearly shows the Taser behind the officer and the man running away and the officer shooting him eight times. Later in the video the officer goes back and picks up the Taser and throws it on the ground next to the handcuffed man.
The New York Times indicates the man ran because he thought the officer was going to arrest him for failure to pay child support. They say the police report indicates they did CPR and I see no CPR being performed on the man. It also says they struggled with the Taser and I see none of that either.
I don’t see a scenario where the cop is ever justified in shooting such as this. There is no threat of deadly force, the man did not take his Taser, there is no weapon. Ultimately this officer has been charged with murder and will most likely be convicted of that crime. Police need to take a second before firing a gun, just as the rest of us must be sure of the circumstances before we use deadly force. I realize police officers are often in harms way and have a lesser litmus test for the use of deadly force, but you cannot shoot an unarmed man running away. What really bothers me is if no camera had been present he probably would have got away with the murder.