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Cops shoot man dead at point blank because he wouldn’t put down his crowbar.

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Live video of man being shot to death from inside a car.

Are police using excessive force?

I’ve watched the video at least 3 times (and this one is fairly gruesome) and the more I look at it the more I wonder to myself was it really necessary for police officers to have reacted the way they did? Were they really in imminent danger? Had the suspect killed or injured someone before they arrived? (no- but he had walked into the local Carl’s Jr hamburger joint and began methodically smashing windows whilst customers and employees evacuated).

Had the suspect intimated he was about to use force against the arresting police officers (watch the video and judge for yourselves) and why is that 5 officers with handguns still felt compelled to shoot this man dead who at the end of the day was only wielding a crow bar. A crow bar does not equate to a machine gun, a machete, a firebomb, a self detonate bomb but a piece of metal if used quickly and fiercely can strike a man to grave injury, perhaps even death. But having said that, he was no where near in charge mode or even assaulting an officer. He was just standing there holding a crowbar, sneering at arrest officers who used a taser gun which failed to knock him out. Perhaps the act of sneering was what set off officers?

Is it possible the police made an error in shooting the man dead? Is it possible the police were too quick to act? Then again how did officers react during the recent Occupy Wall st protesters? Is that indicative of recent police attitude and reaction to degrees of stress? Is it possible that police officers are becoming more vehement and non conciliatory in their actions? If so, what has spurred this change?

Is it also finally possible that sometimes the officer wearing a badge is sometimes just like the criminal he has come to apprehend. Except this time he is for the time being wearing the badge.

Or is it a situation that the author is over reacting to what he wonders might be the way over board behavior of our institutions and their stooges in the application of power and mandates. After all that was a chain restaurant that was wreaked havoc with and one can hardly let this type of behavior go on unpunished. Right? One has to sternly apply the law? But shooting someone 5 times at point blank because they didn’t put down a crowbar nor did they intimate to strike officers several feet away- isn’t that somewhat out of the ball park? What type of society have we become?

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  • guest

    Yeah when they come to put a bullet in my head.

  • Guest

    Your a moron.  They shot him 10 times.  You don’t think the cops over reacted.  No wonder cops in America think they are above the law.  American cops total disrespect for human life is a threat to every US citizen.  The USA is a police state!

  • Reflexbowhunter65

    my only problem is why did he shot at him on the ground? no need for that threat was over

  • Real

    until you need the police

  • Espdaniel

    Research fascism,  whats the difference between that and this? Do what they say or die.

  • Anonymous

    I believe they were Monterrey Park P.D. officers.

  • Kona

    They shot him 10 times. And this is the third deadly police shooting in three days. LA police shoot to kill and ask questions later. They gunned down a naked man with no weapon last year. Out of control. How about the leg next time.

  • Sparky

    Seriously?

    LULZ

  • Heat

    Let’s be clear: The title of this is bogus.
     This man wasn’t shot because he “refused to put down a crowbar”. He was shot because he was coming towards a police officer in a threatening manner WITH A CROWBAR (or piece of pipe) IN HIS HANDS. The police were issuing numerous verbal commands to put it down, and then he decided to basically commit suicide by coming at one of them with a weapon. I cannot blame them for ending the threat.

  • guest

    Why don’t you try shooting someone in the legs to disable them when they are attacking you?  Let us know how that goes

  • Guest

    Soooo…thats clearly NOT a crowbar…and I would have to say that him quickly turning and advancing towards the one cop while raising the object could easily lead them to believe he was going to attack…the only problem I see here is the damn kids who filmed this and were laughing

  • Endytruong

    so, the cop couldn’t of just shot him on his legs, to disable him from any harmdoing?

    instead of shooting him to death?

  • Anonymous

    Good shoot, what’s for dinner?

  • anony

    That’s someone’s life being taken. The guy didn’t have much on the cops, they could have taken him down and put him into cuffs. They decided to kill him instead, and these dudes laughing can fuck off.

  • Zoobaloo

    I don’t see what the big deal is, a cop is not a human, just an institution wearing flesh.

    Every cop, and their families, should be put to death.

  • QueensNY

    i dont see what the big deal is….a criminal is not human…this should
    be done to every person that thinks stealing and ruining the life of a
    hard working person is “gangster”…..fucking kill them all, i dont want
    my tax money to pay for their good life in prison…I’d rather have
    the money go to educating people and creating school not feeding the
    scum of the earth 3 times a day, and providing them with healthcare and a
    bed to sleep in….

  • QueensNY

    i dont see what the big deal is….a criminal is not human…this should
    be done to every person that thinks stealing and ruining the life of a
    hard working person is “gangster”…..fucking kill them all, i dont want
    my tax money to pay for their good life in prison…I’d rather have
    the money go to educating people and creating school not feeding the
    scum of the earth 3 times a day, and providing them with healthcare and a
    bed to sleep in….

  • Anonymous

    I am with the Police on this one. This guy didn’t make any attempt to surrender and from the camera angle you can’t tell how close they were, but either way, the guy was going after the cop.. I would have done exactly the same to protect my life and that of my partner. One hit with the crowbar and it could be over for you.. plus what if he would have gone on a rampage to kill the people inside. Justified force here!