911 calls full of BS info are the rule, not the exception. It was either a justified shoot or it wasn’t. Even if the 911 caller had reported that the guy had slaughtered a bunch of people, it still isn’t a justified shoot if the guy isn’t a threat when the officer meets him, so the notion that many are floating that the lying panicky dude is “responsible” for the death is just incorrect. Stay focused on what matters, the shoot was either justified or it wasn’t, regardless of what police knew or thought they knew prior to arrival. stop worrying about the DB who reported it, he is going to get his just by having his time and money wasted defending himself in a civil suit. the caller is only news because the dead guy’s family lawyer wants it to be.
This is all about this case which seems like a pure case of SWATing. No idea of the motives, but he lied to 911 to get police action for a non-event. Still unless this guy works for a local anti-gun Bloomberg/Joyce/Brady chapter where such SWATing have been suggested and encouraged, or he has posts on his facebook page talking about how much he hates blacks or gun owners, it will be REALLY hard to prove that he’s not just a total idiot and a simple liar. From the evidence I’ve seen it really only seems like a “filing a false report” charge of some sort is the only easy conviction.
That being said the police shot a guy with a toy in a store that sells said toys. There should be camera footage of this guy handling the toy before the police were called, and his final moments of life. That information will tell a LOT of the story we don’t know right now.
That being said Littlejohn makes an amazing point. James Holmes and Jared Loughner are both still alive. They are both murderers (not convicted, but there is ZERO question they killed a bunch of people intentionally, the only REAL question in their cases is how batshit insane they are) and they were both arrested by police. The police didn’t shoot them as soon as they encountered them. They encountered dangerous murderers, but it was AFTER they were a threat so that is a “no shoot” situation.
This dude was NOT a danger to anybody. It is possible he might have appeared to be a threat when police arrived, but given that Wal-Mart only sells PC gun toys with bright colored plastic (at least on the muzzle which is the only part the Police should be concerned about) I have VERY strong doubts about this.
Really EVERY call police get sent to, they must understand that until they see for themselves, it could be total bullshit. A call of a dude shoplifting a squirt gun could be a lunatic with a gun robbing the place or staging a mass murder. Also any call of a mass shooter could just be a guy buying a toy for his kids.
The asshole Marine Corps wash-out who made the call is really nothing more than an asshole. The police are the ones who shot an unarmed man with a toy in a toy store.