Friday, August 22, 2014

Wouldn't A Taser Have Been More Appropriate?

I have often thought that had the video evidence not been so strong and graphic in the shooting of Sammy Yatim, the 'official' police story would have been that the disturbed 18-year-old had lunged at officers and thus had to be killed. What the video apparently showed, however, was what many would describe as the execution of a kid who posed no threat to anyone.

Similar video has arisen in the recent shooting of St Louis resident Kajieme Powell, an obviously disturbed man carrying a knife by his side. According to St. Louis Metro Police Chief Sam Dotson, the officers used deadly force due to the suspect with a knife coming within three of four feet of the officers, which would be considered within lethal range.

While perhaps not as definitive as the Yatim video, the following does cast doubt on the official story. Have a look and make up your own mind:


  1. Lorne, I saw this video before. Police actually released it hoping they can show that the victim was aggressive and had a knife. But the video does not verify that. It is a sad situation in Ferguson. Police has been brutal too long.

  2. Lorne, by the way I saw your tweet about a funny video but I was unable to watch the video.

    1. Hi LD. Unfortunately, my Twitter account was hacked. I have since changed my password, so that should solve the problem, but please ignore any suspicious direct messages sent in my name.