Originally Posted by Ataturk
In other words, cop is told someone has a gun and has been waving it around. Taylor looks like the person described and is in the place the person was supposed to be. Taylor acts like he has a gun, too, and he hides his hands. He makes a movement like he's drawing a gun and he's shot.
Reports don't indicate there was a description beyond "a gangbanger," so pretty much every "urban" looking person in the area looked like the suspect. Anyone in the area fitting that vague description with their hands in their pocket can now be reasonably considered a lethal threat and shot if they don't comply within seconds of a command by an officer?
The message here is that you can't possibly know what cause the cops have when they are investigating you. Even if you're completely innocent they might still have good reason to suspect you. So when the cops give you an order you should obey it. If it was unlawful you can sort that out later. Being an obstinate ass is dangerous.
I don't think society should concede to that attitude. It's certainly the practical day-to-day solution to avoid negative encounters with the police, but it's a shit way to run a society. Being an obstinate ass shouldn't get you killed, especially in the span of five seconds. The onus ought to be on the state to only use their monopoly of violence when necessary. Civilians shouldn't have to bow and scrape to avoid getting killed by those in power.
Breaking down the situation, there was a vague description of a suspect who had flashed a gun, but wasn't threatening anybody beyond that. Cop shows up, sees the three men who fit that vague description, gets out of the car with his gun already drawn. Immediately engages with the suspects at close range, despite them not threatening anybody (and not actually being threats since they didn't have any guns, as it turned out). Taylor doesn't immediately comply, makes some motion that could be construed as reaching for a gun (any motion near the pockets or waistband could be construed as such). Pop pop pop, he's dead.
It can be reasonably assumed that the cop felt threatened, but there was no need to create the situation where he would have to make that decision. He put himself into a situation where he might feel threatened, then the onus is on innocent people to immediately comply or get shot. That's not right. The procedures and the laws should be changed to discourage these situations from happening.