The Murder of John T. Williams [TIR]Submitted by The Individual Right on Thu, 12/23/2010 - 15:47
The Murder of John T. Williams
Do police keep us safe or do they pose a greater threat than the common criminal? This is a question that begs to be asked in our modern age of the ever increasing police state. On August 30, 2010 at approximately 4:12 PM, Seattle PD officer Ian Burk fatally shot and killed Native American woodcarver, John T. Williams. Officer Burk claimed that he was justified in the killing since he demanded that Williams drop his knife, and Williams did not. The main controversy here is that upon viewing the video below, which was recorded by Burk's dashboard camera in his cruiser, one can plainly see that the victim was not given enough time to respond or react to the officer's request. Family members and associates of Williams even state that he was deaf in one ear, thus being the reason he did not acknowledged officer Burk's request. It goes even deeper than that, not only did the officer wait less than 10 seconds after initially confronting Williams before opening fire, the autopsy results show that the victim was shot in the back.