#1 Catdog, if only it were that simple. What about the burglar shot carrying a spoon? How about the unarmed people shot because they allegedly "reached into their waistband"? How about when the LAPD unloaded on two ladies delivering newspapers because the police assumed since they were in a pickup truck, it must have been Christopher Dorner? The reality in the militarized police state in this country allows officers to kill just about anybody (except the 1% of course) with impunity and the system supports it in a codified manner. Such as:
- "I feared for my life". Purely subjective, how can you ever prove the officer did not? Supposedly, the fear is supposed to be reasonable, but that clearly is not tested when you look at just recent cases of police murder. Honestly, if you fear for your life without confirming a threat, you're a ----- and shouldn't be a cop. Being a cop certainly has inherent dangers, like being a fighter pilot, which goes along with the job. The Samurai had the bushido to train themselves not to fear death. In many cases it seems, this "fear for life" is a cop out (pun intended) for cowards so they can get away with murder.
- "He was reaching in his waistband, which I thought was a gun". So, here is the carte blanche way to kill unarmed people. Now, why is an unarmed person reaching into their waistband? They are not. It's made-up -------- so the cop can say he feared for his safety and shoot an unarmed person.
Of course there are other factors.
-- Cops lying to keep their buddy out of trouble. And as we've seen countless times in the news, cops are liars. Whether lying to help out a fellow cop, lying to cover up police brutality ("they were resisting"--no they weren't, liar), lying to suspects during interrogation to dupe them into a confession, sometimes even of an innocent person. I would assume being a liar is just part of their culture.
-- Prosecutors unwilling to prosecute cops. Why? If they do, other cops won't help their cases after that point.
We have a big problem in this country. Sadly, too many people think and make simpleton assessments like Catdog above. Most cops see the world in three classes. Cops, criminals, and the rest--potential criminals. So who does that leave to "protect and serve"? Themselves. Time to wake up America! This is not what the Founding Fathers had in mind...