Monday, December 8, 2014

Psycho Cops of the USA

Worth reading. 

Shaun King writing at DailyKos:
About the strange behavior  of officers after they killed Akai Gurley, Tamir Rice, and Eric Garner

When someone is killed, few things tell you more about how the the person who did the killing thinks and feels about the deceased than what they choose to do in the immediate aftermath of the killing itself.
For instance, when Michael Dunn, after shooting and killing teenager Jordan Davis, went back to his hotel room, ordered himself a pizza, fixed a Coke and rum, and went to bed, it gives us a glimpse into the peculiar mindset of the killer—who has since been convicted for his crime.

Scott Peterson, immediately after killing his pregnant wife, Laci, "went fishing," came back home, took a shower, washed his clothes, and, coincidentally, also ate some pizza. On its face, his behavior was out of the ordinary and we later learned that his "fishing trip" was to dump Laci's body, which later washed ashore in the San Francisco Bay.

In real life, or any every television crime drama told for the past 30 years, what a killer does in the immediate aftermath of the killing is extremely telling. It reveals either concern or callousness, sincere compassion or selfishness, humanity or depravity.

As new and extremely troubling details emerge concerning the moments immediately after the shooting deaths of Akai Gurley, Tamir Rice, and Eric Garner at the hands of local police, it would only be fair to wonder aloud what we can learn from the actions, or lack thereof, of the officers who killed these unarmed men.

What you will see, in each case, is that the officers demonstrated what can only be called criminal and unethical neglect for human life. Follow below the fold for more.

How Akai Gurley Died

Taking the stairs from the seventh floor all the way to the ground floor of their Brooklyn apartment, Akai and his girlfriend, Melissa Butler, on November 20 were having a normal evening not unlike any other. The lights were a problem in the stairwell, but they knew their way around.

Unbeknownst to Akai and Melissa, two NYPD officers, Peter Liang and Shaun Landau, were one floor above them. When Peter Liang entered the stairwell with his flashlight out and gun drawn, he fired his weapon and the bullet struck Akai Gurley center mass in his chest. Akai tragically tumbled down two more flights of stairs.

The Tragic Aftermath in the Shooting Death of Akai Gurley

Shocked beyond belief, Melissa Butler went one floor lower to the fourth floor and frantically knocked on the door of a neighbor. The neighbor immediately called 911.

Reported in an exclusive by New York Daily News reporters Rocco Parascandola and Oren Yaniv, Officers Liang and Landau, in the last crucial minutes of Akai's life, were not busy using their training to save or stabilize him, but instead began immediately texting their union reps to inform them of the shooting. According to the Daily News:............

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