Police release video showing shooting of unarmed WHITE man -- No Riots Planned
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Police have released the bodycam footage of two officers involved in the fatal shooting of unarmed 19-year old Dylan Noble.
Police were responding to "reports" of a man in a pickup truck pointing a rifle out the window and noticed Noble's truck driving at a high rate of speed and began to pursue... WITH THEIR GUNS DRAWN!
Aside from the obvious safty issue of driving at a high rate of speed with a loaded firearm in your hand as you steer through traffic, the officer having his gun out before the pursuit even concludes seems a bit much. I understand the police were concerned that Noble may have had a rifle, but at this point the only violation of the law was speeding. Hardly an infraction warranting the officers to be driving with guns drawn.
Once pulled over the officers exit the vehicle, still with guns drawn, and demand to see both of Noble's hands. At this point Noble's actions clearly contributed to his being shot, as not only does he not show both hands as ordered by the officers, he exits the vehicle with something in his hand and refuses to drop it.
According to the LA Times the object turned out to be a 4-inch plastic container with malleable clay. Obviously not something that could be confused with a rifle, which is what the suspect they were seeking was reportedly pointing out the window of his truck, but I guess in the 20 or so seconds officers spend telling him to drop it, they may not have been able to determine that it was not a gun... I guess.
One officer fires at him, dropping him to the ground. As he attempts to clench the no doubt painful gunshot wound to his abdomen, hands empty, they proceed to tell him to stop reaching for his waistband and shoot him again. The second officer, obviously unaware of ones natural reaction to being shot is to grasp the wound, finishes him off with his shotgun.
Police have an extremely difficult job to do, particularly when dealing with individuals who have no intention of complying or cooperating with them. It very well may be the case that Noble wanted to commit suicide by cop, but I think it's also clear that pursuing someone "suspected" of pointing a rifle out the window of their truck with no evidence that the pursued is the individual in question, with guns drawn as they drive, and then reacting to what obviously was not a rifle as if it were a weapon, was a bit much.
When asked if any riots or protests were planned in response to the shooting, White Lives Matter activist Mike Hunt responded, "Sorry. I have to work."