The video is below, is there any wonder why many blacks believe police shoot first and ask questions later?
This officer should be terminated, he should never be allowed to handle weapons as a part of his job duties.
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(A quick aside, the problem is driven by illegal drugs, and the crime surrounding them. Police are edgy, and trigger happy because they fear every encounter could be a perp with a gun willing to kill them. It would be cured by legalizing the drugs (and time, nothing like this resolves immediately). Doing so would quickly result in a significant reduction in murders, this would allow us to stop the militarization of our police forces. Once the absurd militarization of policing forces stops, we could quite easily require they return to more professional attire, and methods. This should begin now by disallowing police officers from wearing tactical military style clothing, or equipment. The mind set matters.)
The State Attorney should be investigating this as a crime, so should the North Miami Police Department. This merits charges against the officer. Police should be held to the same or higher standard as any individual when it comes to these matters. Instead we have long treated police officers as special, and given them special rights which citizens do not have. This may be appropriate with respect to the act of brandishing a weapon to control a confused or chaotic situation, but it should not extend when the police officer fails to follow reasonable firearms handling protocol. It is never reasonable to shoot a person complying with the officers commands.
While I do not know exactly what happened here it is likely the officer had his finger on the trigger, and his emotional state resulted in him slowly clenching his fist resulting in him triggering the handgun. The triggering finger should never be inside of the trigger guard until the officer needs to trigger the handgun. The accidental discharge disqualifies him from holding any police position, or other public position where he is permitted to handle firearms as a part of his job. He is a danger to the public when he is simply holding the firearm.
First is the video for Charles Kinsey, second is my "favorite" video of an officer inappropriately handling a firearm. It is my "favorite" because no innocent bystanders/school children are injured, and instead the officer shoots himself. While that outcome is negative, it is better than many possible alternatives. He also should have been terminated from his employment, and prohibited from ever carrying a firearm in the prosecution of his job duties. In the third video, Lee Paige, the officer who shot himself attempts to rationalize either how or why he shot himself.
There are ruled to gun handling, Mr. Paige, and you failed to follow them. First, a loaded weapon should not be drawn unless there is a threat, or a police officer needs a weapon to control a situation. One never uses a loaded weapon to demonstrate anything ever, other than live firing on a range. When in a classroom full of children one should never draw a loaded service weapon, and frankly, one should never draw a weapon loaded, or not, in such situation, except where it is being drawn to instruct how to draw. Then the weapon should be a Blue Gun, not a real weapon. To display for school children, one should only use a disarmed weapon, one preferably with the firing pin removed, stored in a case, with magazine separated from the weapon, and the action open. The handgun should be cleared, magazine inspected, cleared, then inserted, and then the officer can display the weapon to the students.
Paige did everything wrong by drawing a loaded, operational service weapon in a school classroom, and then shooting himself while trying to reholster the weapon. He should be retired from any policing job requiring him to handle weapons. He is not professional, and does not understand basic handgun handling rules.