Originally Posted by Harold falcon
He pretty clearly wasn't dragged, falling over because he's a putz is not equivalent to being dragged, and the car didn't start moving until after the cop fired the shot. So it's tough to retroactively justify a shooting based on something that hadn't happened yet.
From the prosecutor:
“He wasn’t dealing with somebody who was wanted for murder. He was dealing with somebody who didn’t have a front license plate. If he’s starting to roll away just, seriously, let him go. I mean you don’t have to shoot him in the head.”
Makes sense to me. The car had moved maybe a couple inches before the shot. It's hard to see how Tensing would have been reasonably
threatened by that. Given the circle-jerk standards of a reasonable threat for a cop, who knows, but a normal person would just jump back out of the way. There wasn't any reason to try to detain DuBose if it meant even a possible risk of escalation to lethal force.