In re my rant the other day (here) about “Blue Lives” being elevated uber alles, see this video (and news story). A 62-year-old man fired three shots into his lawn (apparently, he was upset about something) but was unarmed and unthreatening when Hero Cops arrived at his house. The video shows the old man standing in a non-confrontational manner on his driveway pad when the Heroes show up and demand he get on the ground. The man replies that he can’t because he’s disabled. The Heroes then Tazer the old man, who falls, hits his head on the concrete and subsequently dies from the injuries he sustained.
This is a textbook case of egregious (because unnecessary) use of force. Can’t two “trained” Heroes handle one unarmed old man? Who wasn’t beign combative or threatening? Yeah, he shot his gun – into his lawn. But he wasn’t threatening to shoot the Heroes or anyone else.
When America was a sane country – and cops weren’t “Heroes” who used “safety” as an excuse to hurt people – the cops would have handled it without resorting to weapons.
Watch this and you tell me:
March 6, 2015, 62 year old James Sizer called 911 and stated that he had fired 3 shots into the ground in his backyard. While he admitted to this, he said he would not be armed while waiting for the police in his front yard. While on the phone with 911, Cpl. Salvator Reale showed up on the scene with his gun drawn, and demanded Sizer get on the ground.
Sizer stated that he couldn’t get on the ground, and when Reale asked why, Sizer exclaimed that he was disabled. About that time, Officer Martha Cameron showed up on the scene with her taser drawn. She too demanded that Sizer get on the ground. Sizer again exclaimed that he could not.
With a senior citizen before them shoeless, wearing jeans and a tshirt, and holding nothing but a phone in one of his clearly visible hands, Sizer was tased by Officer Cameron in short order. 62 year old Sizer fell backward, hitting his head on the cement, requiring a trip to the hospital. Days later, he died from apparent complications from the injury.
This wasn’t a person on the front lawn waving a firearm around. This wasn’t a response to someone making a sudden movement for his waistband.
Hell, this doesn’t appear to be a man capable of making any sudden movements.
It would appear that the police are buying their own hyperbole about anyone that comes into contact with the police is a cop killer. It appears that they have consolidated all citizenry to be exactly the same, and no variation of procedure can ever be given. Babies and senior citizens get treated exactly the same as crazed terrorists wearing a bomb vest and multiple AK47s.
Ask yourself, was this “reasonable and necessary” force? This man didn’t appear to pose any real threat. Was it completely out of the realm of human decency to try to work something out before risking his life after such a short time? Was enough time given to comply with an order to do something that may not be all that simple for a senior citizen before being tased?
Why was it necessary to Taze the old man? Tazsers are considered lethal force. Just because it doesn’t always kill, even the manufacturer has admitted the risk.