Cop Filmed Killing Unarmed Man

Discussion in 'In the News' started by moonchicken, Sep 10, 2007.

  1. moonchicken

    moonchicken New Member

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    This happened about a month ago in Humacao, Puerto Rico. It was all over the news over there and the cop has been charged with 1st degree murder.
    I don't know exactly what started the whole altercation, other than what I've read about it in several articles, but it is tragic when things like this are done by the very same people who are supposed to enforce the laws.

    I don't mean to start an LEO bashing here, but I thought everyone in this forum should know about this. This was just one cop in an apparent fit of rage, but a lot of honest LEO's are always affected and inevitably cast in a negative light by the general public when something like this happens.

    Some articles about the incident:

    http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2007/08/22/18442458.php

    http://www.iacops.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=15850&PID=34374

    http://www.badcopnews.com/2007/08/2...eon-charged-in-fatal-shooting-of-unarmed-man/


    WARNING: The video is not for the squeamish. Extremely graphic content.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZen7WnGudQ
     

  2. Malum Prohibitum

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  3. ptsmith24

    ptsmith24 New Member

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    For the video? Yea. Apparently that cuts down on underage viewing :roll:
     
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  5. Malum Prohibitum

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    Unfortunately, most of it is off camera. The person filming mostly showed sidewalk, but the officer obviously pumps rounds into an unresisting, possibly already lifeless, man with the last two shots. There is quite a delay between shots as well.
     
  6. Malum Prohibitum

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    Somebody at the beginning is speaking English. Is this common there?
     
  7. ptsmith24

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    That video isn't nearly as graphic as some things that come out of hollywood...
     
  8. moonchicken

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    Spanish is spoken by pretty much everyone in the island, but a large part of the population is bilingual, or at least somewhat familiar with English.

    True. But it's not the same when you know that that's an actual human being getting killed, and not some actor laying still with fake blood. I've played a lot of violent video games and watched tons of movies, all in good fun, but it's a whole different thing to watch somebody die for real.

    If they admit that footage as evidence, the cop will most likely go to jail for a looong time, and if it's inadmissible in court for some reason (I'm not a lawyer but stuff like that happens) there's still lots of witnesses.
     
  9. AeroShooter

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    Yeah, it's like he's looking him over... trying to decide whether the dude's shot enough... and puts a few in for good measure.
     
  10. mzmtg

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    How did the cop get shot in the leg in the first place?
     
  11. moonchicken

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    It's kinda hard to see on the video if the guy was trying to get the cop's gun, or if he was trying to prevent the cop from drawing the gun, but that's when the first shot went off. I think that first shot is the one that got the cop in the leg.