Watch these California Heroes execute a recalcitrant but unarmed teenager – shooting him again, after he’s on the ground and dying and clearly not armed:
Dylan Noble died in June after police shot him four times, twice as he approached officers, twice while he was on the ground, still moving.
“We’re shocked and appalled that the city of Fresno would continue to defend the actions of its officers,” said Stuart Chandler, an attorney for Veronica Noble, Dylan’s mother. “Clearly the only appropriate response is to accept responsibility and commit to changing practices of the police department.”
Note that Noble did not have a rifle or a handgun. The scaredy cat Heroes ended his life in a hail of gunfire because he briefly had one of his hands behind his back.
Two armed Heroes – their guns drawn and pointed at this kid – blew him away on account of that.
It is enough that these Heroes (here it comes, again) “feared for their safety.”
It is truly bizarre that – on the one hand – the public is conditioned to regard these heavily armed, body armor-wearing creatures as “heroic” and yet at the same time conditioned to accept hair-trigger escalation and use of lethal force as the first resort – and not necessarily in response to a lethal threat but rather because the Hero “feared for his safety” – as heroic.
A real hero would have put his “safety” at risk for the sake of a kid who was upset and recalcitrant but hadn’t done more than fail to comply and made a few gestures that implied he might be armed. Real heroes don’t pump 19-year-old kids full of lead because they fear he might be armed.
Keep in mind that if you or I or any other not-cop shot someone and claimed we did so because “we feared for our safety” – without clear evidence of an imminent lethal threat to our own lives – we’d be arrested and charged with felony murder.
Why are Heroes held to a lesser standard?