An example of witness statement vs. video

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An example of witness statement vs. video

Postby M-Quigley » Sun Sep 03, 2017 10:33 am

There was an officer involved shooting in Kettering, Oh recently. Here is one of the initial stories. ... VdhDHwSON/

The chief said that when he reviewed the cruiser cam, two passengers inside Hoops’ vehicle were “begging and pleading for this individual to not touch the gun and to respond to the commands that the officer was giving to him.”

Protsman said at 6:38 p.m. Sunday, McCoy called for additional assistance and at 6:39 p.m., the officer said shots were fired and requested a medic.

“The cop was out with his big rifle,” witness Ashlei Back told this news organization. “And he was yelling, ‘Get down.’ Everything just happened really fast.”

McCoy told dispatchers, “One down, he still has the firearm in his pocket,” according to radio traffic released by Kettering police.

and later, here is the released video. Even the responding officers after the shooting all have handguns. Granted, it's possible that there is someone with a rifle out of camera, and this fact doesn't change anything regarding the shooting appearing to justified, even if the cop had actually had a rifle. Sometimes however things witnesses say are important.
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