Yeah from various stories on it they are holding off on releasing the video until te family views it but it sounds like those shots were from behind him. May not be directly comparable but it makes me think of I think his name was Walter Scott the guy was actually running away and the officer opened fire on him. I guess in this situation it was a “good guy with a gun situation” so obviously there is more levels to it.
I know some get into that bystander type syndrome and not do a thing when they see any type of unrest happening even directly in front of them but man when you know or think there is a possibility you will be taken out for trying to just to do the right thing as a bystander/citizen or even security guard it may cause a bit of pause out there for those who do have the balls to intervene and not just watch in crazy situations. Socially its never surprising to see how some see and talk about various situations but it will be interesting to see this play out.
I hate seeing "he was shot x times" as though that shows some kind of bias, agression, etc. In a defensive situation, you are trained to shoot until the threat stops. That doesn't mean shoot once, wait for a reaction, then make a choice. You shoot till the bad guy (or in this case, good guy) drops.
Add into it in a panic situation, most people lose count of how many times they fire. Add to it marksmanship in a panic situation is sketchy most of the time, it's a recipe for disaster no matter what.
It's very unfortunate that the good guy got shot this time around. I blame the officer for being jumpy, not so much racism. But, my tune may change once I see the video.
Remember the shooting in Minneapolis a few years ago where what's his name, Castille, was shot repeatedly at a traffic stop? Before the video was released, everyone was claiming racism, mostly because of the very well thought out video that his girlfriend shot as he lay dying next to her. She knew exactly the impact that would have. The reality is, the officer that was telling him repeatedly to stop reaching for whatever he was reaching for (after telling the officer he was armed mind you), and him not complying is what got him shot. First off, in MN you are not obligated to inform an officer you are carrying unless they directly ask you. Second, if you do notify the officer in the interest of your safety, YOU FOLLOW THEIR INSTRUCTIONS. Don't make the officer nervous. Don't reach where the officer cannot see what's in your hand. Officer says stop moving, you stop moving. Then, you don't get shot.
I'm doubtful the situation we're discussing in this thread is the same, but I'm not quick to blame racism either. Just because a jumpy cop overreacts and shoots a black man, doesn't mean he's racist. Just means he grossly overreacted and had shitty training.
If, however, it turns out he just targeted the nearest black man with a gun, then yup, that's racism.