by, J. Schuyler Montague | sharia unveiled
Los Angeles, CA; A homeless man was shot and killed following a brief physical altercation with police. Seven Los Angeles officers attempted to detain a man which led to police taking him to the ground.
Not long after the altercation started, it ended with the familiar report of shots ringing out.
Many of the details of the case have not been released, pending an ongoing investigation.
Updates will follow.
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Video courtesy of: Noah Watch
My initial reaction to this video (the first time I viewed it) was anger at the LAPD. On the surface, it appeared as a senseless murder of an innocent, homeless man. – Although, over the course of an hour, I watched it about 12-15 more times. I disseminated the video, frame by frame, word by word.
– First, there are MANY ‘unknowns’ here, such as..What happened ‘before’ the video began recording that ‘we’ cannot see? I doubt that the police were bored, so they decided to ‘..go shoot a homeless man..’
– Second, here are the FACTS that we can see and hear for ourselves in this video:
We see the homeless man take a swing at the police. We hear one officer say repeatedly, ‘..get my stick..’ then, we see.. a woman with the police officer’s stick (baton). We also clearly hear an officer say (PRIOR to the shooting) ‘..I dropped my gun..’ ‘..he’s got my gun..’ – Regardless of how we feel about the end result, these FACTS change the entire dynamic of this situation from; ‘..an innocent man was shot by the police..’ (to) ‘..an armed man under police detainment, now has a loaded gun..’
— Therefore, after carefully considering these facts, I must conclude that this shooting is a ‘Justified’ shooting.
– It’s very unfortunate that this man was shot and killed. It’s also very unfortunate that the man ‘chose’ to resist detainment and fight the police, rather than just be calm and discuss the situation with police. Our actions and choices have consequences. The results ‘could’ have been different, had the man just stopped and talked, as opposed to seeking confrontation.
If ‘your’ mom or dad (or) ‘your’ son or daughter were one of those police officers that attempted to detain that man and he ended up with a loaded weapon..how would ‘you’ want the armed individual to be confronted?
Had this one man ‘not’ been shot, how many possible victims could there have been?
It’s easy for ‘us’ to second guess the actions of other’s, after the fact, from the comfort and tranquility of our own home.
And we must remember, police officers are human beings. They have fears, like anyone else. Nearly every officer hopes and prays that they will NEVER have to utilize their service weapon to take a life, during their career. They already know, to do so includes:
– Sleepless nights
– Second guessing
– Feelings of overwhelming guilt and despair
– Public scrutiny
– Internal and external investigations
– Possible legal ramifications
– Possible loss of career
– and sometimes suicide.
Do you really think a police officer ‘wants’ to take the life of another human being, unless absolutely necessary?
And we should never forget..
When most people are running away from gunfire, police officers are running towards it.
May they be blessed and protected.