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Senior reaching for cane in traffic stop is shot by cop

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Yeah, this didn't seem like 'brutality'--It's the system that's

so messed up.

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EVEN IF It Was A Real Gun

...at no point was it was ever 'aimed' or pointed at the cop. There is NO excuse for his decision to shoot the old man.

Is this really about the one cop?

Lots of "understanding" in comments below and I'm not sorry to see that. I've often taken the cop's side in these youtube "gotcha" moments.

Yeah the cop "acted within policy and procedure" and the policy these days is to consider citizens a threat and the procedure is you protect your life and the lives of your fellow officers as your hightest priority.

See we're the LOWEST priority.

The priorities that initiated the stop? The oldster was missing some ridiculous sticker on his plate. THIS REQUIRED A TRAFFIC STOP ON A SINGLE LANE WITH NO SHOULDER AT NIGHT. And of course this situation "places the officer in danger". Not like the cop put himself and the old guy in danger, the officer is "placed" in danger and all of his training told him to be amped up, hyper alert and ready to respond with lethal force.


Yeah yeah yeah, I'm sure the cop is the nicest guy in the world, family man, christian, coach of the local little leage and he's such a nice guy that he got a job with a badge and a gun that taught him how to see his people as the enemy. And he shot an old man with his sweet wife in the truck right next to him and ALL BUT ONE OF THOSE SHOTS WENT WILD. It's a miracle the gentleman's wife wasn't hit.

But do you see this is a bit larger than one remorseful cop who just shot a nice old man and put his truck full of holes?

And as to the cop and his remorse, let him carry that for life. He dang near killed that man and his wife. FOR A STICKER.

Be brave, be brave, the Myan pilot needs no aeroplane.

Well said

it's very dangerous that the default response to confusion or uncertainty is to empty your clip. This needs to change.

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Please help us help...

Can somebody with knowledge of this, please post the date, time, location, status, and the address of the victim so we can snail mail him and his wife? PLEASE

This cop needs to be, jailed and prosecuted for a hate crime.

Is the reason for this because he thought he could get away with it?

If this cop was so afraid of the cane

He should have just sat for 10 seconds before jumping out and jumping to conclusions.

If that cop sat for 5 or 10 seconds, he would have seen what pops was up to and saved everybody pain and trauma.
That old man will never be the same.

And neither will the rookie.

This is an example of a

This is an example of a country ruled by fear. It becomes the default assumption.


One Bullet

This is exactly why Andy only let Barney have one bullet.



In defense of the cop

I'm usually the 1st one to condemn police brutality but this isn't one of those cases.
As a Marine combat vet I know a little thing about ESCALATION OF FORCE. I also know that traffic stops are the #1 reason cops get killed. Cops know this and are trained to be on edge in these situations.
When driving all night and staring at the glare of oncoming headlights it's easy to confuse things.
And then having the glare of your headlights bouncing of the old man's wooden can which could easily be confused for a 22 rifle or shotgun it's easy to see why the cop freaked out.
Old man should of stayed in the car. smh
People have to judge things on a case by case basis and not always condemn cops.
This one was an HONEST mistake.

No... it was not a mistake.

It pains me to think that because of your life experience, as with most military and police, you can in any way justify this as a 'mistake'.

Your comments are disgracful

You act like being a Marine gives you some sort of unique perspective on this situation. It doesnt. Guess what, I'm a marine combat vet too and I didn't see the situation escalating to where firing shots were necessary.

This wasn't At The Gate Of Some Outpost in Khandahar or Fallujah. This was at home in the United States. The cop acted out of fear plain and simple. Being scared is no reason to shoot someone. You claim to know about escalation of force. Tell me, how exactly did the situation escalate? It looks to me like the cop was in fear of the unknown. Fear should not be involved in your decision making process.

"It was an honest mistake." Thats akin to me joining the Marine Corps as a brainwashed 18 year old. It doesnt accout for the atrocities I commited while in a combat theatre.

Shooting an elderly man grabving a csne is not an example of an honest mistake. while.

Don't forget your core values of honor, courage and commitment and Take your cop loving somewhere else.

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Please excuse typos

Most of my DP'ing is done from my phone. Also the "edit" button isn't showing up.

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So true

"You act like being a Marine gives you some sort of unique perspective on this situation."



With so much unknown it is completely irresponsible of the officer to shoot. Drawing his weapon was the appropriate action. Firing it was not.

If you don't know what is going on, you don't shoot. Cops need to live by the same rules as other gun owners.

If the cop was some guy walking down the street and then thought some old man was getting a shotgun out of a truck to shoot him and rob him and fired at the old man in perceived self defense... then he would go to prison. The cop should get the same.

NEVER fire a weapon unless you are sure of what you are firing at.

Cops MUST be held to a higher standard. And in this situation the cop had ever advantage to draw his weapon and wait until he could accurately assess the situation.

Obviously He had too

Obviously It was a sword cane, or a gun cane, or a sword-gun Cane. The cop had to shoot the old man, as a cop you never know when your going to get attacked by a geriatric fellow with a sword.


Something like this

I'm as disgusted and angry as the next guy...

when I see police overstepping their boundaries. In this case, however, I see that the cop simply made a horrible mistake. It DID look like the guy was getting a shotgun out of the bed of the truck, and there was no time to confirm that the old man wasn't going to open fire.
The cop was genuinely remorseful, and realized what an awful mistake he made. He is human. This is not like the usual disgusting police brutality, he did fear for his life. He'll be having nightmares the rest of his life.

'Cause there's a monster on the loose

I agree with you, after seeing the entire video, the cop

is clearly beyond consolable. My gut tells me he will find another profession. Hopefully his colleagues will learn something from this too. (not holding my breath on the latter)

"When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know Peace." - Jimi Hendrix

Who Knows

Maybe this cop will speak out against this policy where cops view the average citizen as a terrorist. Something like that can potentially help turn the tide.

Police supervisor said the his actions were appropriate

We have to ask ourselves what is wrong with our country when a police officer shoots an unarmed senior citizen, and the police department doesn't even try to determine if there might be a way to avoid that happening again in the future.

We all want progress, but if you're on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.

-C. S. Lewis


the police supervisor almost always says it's appropriate even in clear cases of police murder.

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Brainwashing works

This kind of crap is happening way to often nowadays.
Sad, every stinking pig in Merika thinks everyone, including senior citizens are potential terrorists.
This is what happens when you graduate from G.W. Bush's school of thought....Hey, "there might had been a terrorist a hiding in that cane"...to justify their stupidity.
How can you not see this is an elderly gentleman, having difficulty just walking, and reaching for a cane?
No brains...just shoot the person, their dog, their children, etc.
Ooops, are you alright?
Brave woman to get out with this moron, he might had thought she was a terrorist trying to whack him from behind.

God that's sick... How in the

God that's sick... How in the fuck did he think that the old man had a gun? I mean seriously? Just looking at him trying to walk as he got out was enough. This cop needs to be tried for attempted manslaughter.

Homeland security statement: patriotism is now considered terrorism.
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I agree

from the first moment his foot touches the ground, you can see that he's not a threat. This cop is not fit to have a job. He should go to jail for this.

"Endless money forms the sinews of war." - Cicero, www.freedomshift.blogspot.com

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You Tube version...make it go viral


Undo what Wilson did

That's Odd

First thing most popo I've encountered do is get on the loudspeaker and tell the driver 'stay in the car, I'll come to you'. Did that happen here?

No. He was all amped up on

No. He was all amped up on adrenalin.

You know, as much as I wanted

You know, as much as I wanted to join in and verbally beat up the cop. I replayed the video and even though the cop was overanxious and should probably be fired-

I can see that it could look like he was going for a shotgun. You know, Putting myself in the mind of a police officer Entering into a dangerous situation & all- Someone getting out and reaching in the back of the truck I can see how he made the mistake. Not defending him he sounds young and he should be reprimanded, but I see it.