linguoboy wrote:He never raised the firearm toward the cop.
Right. That's the crux of the cop's mistake.
No. The cop had no reason to chase him down in the first place.
Compare the annual number of cops shot at by open carry protesters with the annual number of cops shot at by armed suspects, and then you'll have your answer.
This justifies murdering innocent children?
The nature of a split-second decision plus the fact that no two police-civilian encounters are the same means that no amount of training can completely eliminate this category of mistake.
This is a ridiculous excuse. If you are well-trained, you will not chase a thirteen-year-old down an alley for no reason.
Would more training on this type of encounter have reduced the chance of the mistake? Sure, but we don't even know how Chicago police training for this type of encounter compares internationally.
The US is internationally infamous for the crimes of its police and its brutalization of POCs.
I don't know what police deployment has to do with this case, as the police response to Toledo and his friend was unremarkable until the very end.
It was flawed from the beginning because again, there was no reason to chase Toledo down in the first place. It's not clear there was any reason to chase his friend down, either.
To the question of how might potential accountability have affected how quick the officer was to pull the trigger, that's the realm of pure speculation.
Cops should be held accountable when they murder innocent victims. That is not speculation; that is justice.
Yes. Body cams and smartphone video are game changers.
Yet apparently, they are not enough to show you what is literally happening before your very eyes in the footage.
Johanna wrote:The perpetrator was brought in without any drama, he simply got arrested.
So he was cooperative while being apprehended?
He wasn't chased down and shot without reason, that much is for sure.
EDIT: Oh, and Toledo was cooperative, too. He was rewarded for this by being murdered.
EDIT2: And you know what else?
Even more impactful than increasing the police presence would simply be keeping the repeat offenders off the street, whether that be in a jail or mental institute.
That should include police officers.