Originally Posted by Piobaire
No, it's pretty easy to say before the fact. If a cop can't tell the difference from a gun vs. a taser, as someone is running rapidly AWAY from you, and he shoots and kills that guy...manslaughter charges are reasonable and expected. It has little to do with political expediency but rather acknowledging even cops can kill people when they should not.
Yes, we can "say" it before the fact, but my question is how do we "determine" accurately, before the fact, which LEO officers are liable to do this kind of thing. Bates was 73 years old and that is a good argument right there. But what about that 25 year old NYC Cop that accidentally discharged his weapon in a darkened hallway and killed someone. NYPD probably trains better than most.
Accidents are going to happen. How do we avoid them? And I don't think body cams would have stopped either of these incidents. Bates had a cam.