Originally Posted by zbromer
Is it the same guy who said he thought the gun was fake. This was his statement. “There is a guy with a pistol. It’s probably fake, but he’s pointing it at everybody.”
I thought he said "it's probably fake, but it's scaring the fuck out of me." The last thing he says is that he doesn't know if it's real or not. Apparently the dispatcher neglected to tell the cops that.
Look, I'm not saying everything worked out like it should have in this case. But it's important to note that the cop who shoots isn't the one who hears that the gun might be fake and that Rice is younger than he might appear in silhouette. He's not the one who decided to drive the car practically on top of Rice. And he's not the one who was walking around in public pointing a realistic-looking airsoft gun at people and then reaching for it when the cops approached.
It's not like the media was releasing pics of him as an 8 year-old. The pictures in the media look like a kid who is 12. Most 12 year-olds don't look too much older than 12. A 16 or 20 year-old can look older, but biology kinda prevents a 12 year-old from looking that much older than 12.
I guess you haven't seen many twelve-year-olds lately. There's a huge variation in how mature they appear and their appearance can change dramatically over the course of a year or so. We know the pictures of Rice are out of date because there's no way he weighs close to 195 lbs in them. You can see his build in the video of the shooting and he appears to be quite stocky, not a skinny prepubescent as in the photographs.
If there's a picture of him out there that's more accurate or realistic for what he looked like at the time of his death, I'm sure the Internet would have found it by now, as people did with Trayvon, Mike Brown, etc. I haven't come across anything.
Assuming it exists online in the first place. Brown and Martin were older, and there still weren't that many pictures of them circulating. Rice's parents don't seem like the type who post adoring pictures of their kids on facebook every day. It also wouldn't surprise me if the media didn't try very hard to find a picture from some less public source that more accurately represents what he looked like at the time of the shooting. They didn't do it in the Martin or Brown cases. The picture of Rice as a ten-year-old is better for ratings.