What is often being portrayed as police brutality against unarmed blacks is more likely police shooting those who are offering some kind of resistance.
As I have written before (See: How To Really Deal With Police When You Are Confronted By Them)
What needs to be understood is that the police, when it comes down to it, are concerned about two things: 1. Not getting killed and 2. Collecting their paychecks.If you don't fully comply with police orders, there is a chance you are going to get plugged.
A video has just been released of the Fresno police shooting of Dylan Noble, a white guy. The police shot him four times, twice as he approached coppers, twice while he was on the ground, still moving.
He was unarmed.
His family thinks Fresno police didn't need to use deadly force but this was an intense situation.
CNN has a blow by blow:
The chief said police originally responded to the area June 25 after a report of a man carrying a rifle while walking down the street. The two officers were riding together. One was a reserve officer.
They were stopped at a red light when a black pickup truck made a right turn onto the road in front of them and with screeching tires, appeared to speed away. The officers followed and after catching up to the truck, attempted to pull the vehicle over. The pickup driver kept going for another half mile.
The officer, Dyer said, began to suspect the driver was the man with a rifle call. He drew his handgun as he followed the pickup, just as it turned into a gas station and parked.
Both officers came out of the car with weapons drawn. Video shows Noble putting his left hand out the window. An officer yells at him to put both arms out.
During the next one minute, 17 seconds, Noble is in the vehicle but doesn't fully comply with officers' commands, the chief said. Officers get closer to the truck.
At one point, Noble climbs out of the pickup and an officer yells that he didn't tell Noble to get out of the vehicle. Noble gets back in the truck, leaving the door open. The officers move back to their car.
"Let me see your hands," an officer says repeatedly.
Noble gets out of the truck again and walks away from the officers, who tell him to get on the ground. He walks several more steps then turns around.
Dyer pointed out that at this point Noble has his right hand behind his back. He continues toward the officers then backs up. An officer yells for him to get down but instead he walks back toward the officers.
"What do you have in your hand?" one asks. The he warns Noble he's going to get shot.
As Noble walks toward the officers, he hears another command to get on the ground. And Noble says, "I (expletive) hate my life."
The officer with a handgun, a veteran of 20 years, fires twice. Noble goes down and rolls onto his back.
Dyer said when he reaches for his waistband the officer fires again.
Noble squirms while he is told to not to put his hands up. About 14 seconds later, the reserve officer, who has 17 years of service, fires once.
Noble didn't have a gun; he had what Dyer described as a piece of clear plastic, 4 inches by 4 inches, that contained moldable clay.
"We don't know what that is," Dyer said.
Watch the video at CNN, here.
I am not a big fan of government police but it is difficult to understand what coppers could have done in this situation other than what they did. He appeared to be a very real threat. Noble was either really dumb or he wanted to commit suicide by cop.
The lesson remains, black or white, comply with a copper's orders, don't make any moves a copper(s) would consider threatening. Battle coppers in the courts, not in the streets. You might lose in court but for sure you are going to lose on the street.