But I still can't see that happening. A taser must feel completely different in your hand than a gun. And it must certainly look different. Not to mention standard practice puts the taser in the holster opposite the gun. The cop would have to be seriously confused to make so many mistakes. Maybe someone without any training might do something like that? But a cop with training and two years under his belt? It's really stretching to explain it away as he went for the wrong weapon.
Why the hell did he struggle when they made to cuff him?
He was struggling; resisting attempts to handcuff him.
BART officials declined to say whether the officer was carrying a Taser - a device that sends out two electrical probes and can incapacitate its target - when he shot Grant. The agency uses Tasers but does not have enough of the expensive devices to give one to every officer.
"The officer leaned (in), was straddling over him and pointed his gun directly into the backside and shot (Grant)," said Burris, adding that Grant was handcuffed after he was shot[emphasis added]. "This was not a deadly force situation."
"Many Bay Area police departments that use Tasers - including BART - force officers to take precautions, such as wearing them on the opposite side of their strong hand and facing backward. This requires officers to reach across their body to retrieve them."
“Hahaha. Yes, I'm sure the cops' motivation for demanding the girl's camera was their concern that this evidence might not otherwise be preserved.” - posted by applemeat
Hmmm. What would be a cogent response to such a counter to my position. Fuck you, jagoff?
Yeah. That works: Fuck you, jagoof.
"[BART spokesman Linton] Johnson said BART has two video feeds at the Fruitvale station.
He said the video feed that goes to BART's police department didn't record footage of the incident, as it normally doesn't record incidents.
But he said a video feed that goes to the transit agency's operations center did record the incident but an initial review of that video didn't show 'anything of significance.'"
"More graphic videotapes of the shooting are surfacing."
CNN: Video of California police shooting spurs investigation.
MSNBC: New Questions Surface Following BART Shooting.
"With high base salaries, opportunities to work lucrative construction details, and one of the nation's most generous overtime programs, Boston's rank-and-file police officers brought home $78,906 on average in 2002, and those who earned higher-education degrees made considerably more....Many detectives now receive salaries in excess of $90,000 a year."
"A police officer shot a former professional baseball player's son outside of a Bellaire home early Wednesday, KPRC Local 2 reported.
Anthony Cooper said a Bellaire police officer approached him and his brother, Robert Tolan, in their driveway on Woodstock Street near Evergreen Street in Bellaire at about 2 a.m., after they returned home from a fast-food restaurant.
'We didn't know it was a police officer at all until he turned on his light, his flashlight, and had a gun,' Cooper said. 'They didn't even ask us any questions.'
Cooper, 20, said the officer told them to get down on the ground.
'We were going into the house and our parents came outside,' Cooper said. 'Our parents said, "What's going on?" They didn't say anything to us but, "Get down on the ground." They said, "Well, it's a stolen vehicle, ma'am." She's (the mother) like, "What stolen vehicle? That's his vehicle."'
'The vehicle was later determined not to be stolen,' Assistant Police Chief Byron Holloway said. 'The license plate was run, but exactly why they believe it was stolen … just don't have the information to make a comment on it.'
Cooper said the officer harassed Tolan's mother. Cooper said that when Tolan yelled at the officer, the officer shot him in the chest.
'Shot him on the ground,' said Cooper. 'Not even in the arm or anything. They shot him in his chest.'
Police said Tolan wasn't on the ground when Sgt. Jeff Cotton fired.
'Some type of altercation ensued, in which the sergeant fired two shots, possibly three shots, striking one of the persons who exited the vehicle at least once,' Holloway said 'From what I know, he got up off the ground.'
Tolan was rushed to Ben Taub Hospital with injuries to his liver and his lung. He is in fair condition...."
"Mayor Ron Dellums pleaded for calm as anger continued to build in the city’s black community...
'We’ve got to have a real investigation that people can have confidence in,' said Mr. Dellums on Wednesday night. 'And my sense of it is that part of this reaction is that people have lost confidence.'"
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