I will start by posting the video link up to this. It is a KTVU news report on a shooting wherein a young black-hispanic male is roughed up a bit on the ground and is then shot in the back by transit police in Oakland, CA.
Now, I don't know anything about being a police officer. Maybe this kid did something or said something that is a universal "I need to draw my gun" kind of thing and that would explain why the officer pulled a pistol on a handcuffed, unarmed man who was flat on his belly on the ground.
That being said, my first assumption is that this was extreme police brutality and is a prime example of why California needs to make it easier to get and carry a handgun. Whatever this man was arrested for, he could have been deterred before police showed up by citizens who were carrying a weapon.
Instead, a son and a father of a 4 year old child is now dead, an officer is off duty (though I note he is getting paid during his suspension, hmm), and a $25million wrongful death lawsuit is pending. This is not good.
What do you folks at DefensiveCarry think about this situation?
Thank you and God bless you,
P.S. I do not mean to construe police officers in general as "bad guys." I think the police are about the same mix as the rest of us: some really good law abiding folks, and some folks who are just brutes. In this case, it seems that a few brutes murdered a young man, but perhaps more facts will emerge to the contrary. God bless the police who are honest and law abiding for helping to serve and protect.