Last rites…American Stasi style…
Submitted by Michael Krieger, Liberty Blitzkrieg:
Just last week, I highlighted the extremely disturbing case of how a North Charleston, South Carolina police officer shot an unarmed man eight times in the back as he was running away and then planted evidence near the dead body to cover up the crime. In case you missed it, see: South Carolina Cop to Be Charged with Murder for Shooting Man 8 Times in the Back as He Ran Away.
If you’re like me, you would’ve hoped for at least a brief reprieve between citizen deaths at the hands of U.S. police, but you’d be sorely disappointed. I suppose it’s just an unfortunate reality of life in a nation where American cops killed more civilians in March alone than UK police have killed in the past 100 years.
The most recent case is somewhat different than the South Carolina one, but equally disturbing. It involves 73-year old reserve officer Bob Bates, who says he accidentally pulled his gun instead of his taser. While his story seems believable for an old guy who doesn’t know what he’s doing, it doesn’t excuse the gross incompetence. Furthermore, the guy is running away and doesn’t appear to pose any threat to him.
Even worse, when other cops arrive at the scene, one of them slams his soon to be deceased head into the pavement with his knee. When the victim, Eric Harris screams: “Oh my God, I’m losing my breath,” an officer responds with “Fuck your breath.”