This homeless man was gunned down by cops for “illegally” camping in the foothills of Albuquerque, after a “standoff”.
It appeared to me from watching several of these videos the man pulled out a pocket knife when the K-9 cop released his police dog. The excuse of the ABQ PD was that the man was “armed”.
Seems to me, this guy wouldn’t have been much of a threat from that distance to the numerous cops drawing down on him with weapons containing live ammo, when he was only armed with a pocket knife.
It was said that the man died within minutes soon after being shot, (multiple times). From what I saw, there were several shots fired into the guy as he lay immobile on the ground, and even then, the cops continued to yell put your hands behind your back. Then the K-9 cop again released his dog that ran up and began gnawing and shaking the immobile mans leg. Just for practice I suppose. Overkill much?
This entire episode and it’s tragic end could have, and should have been avoided. One of the major escalating problems in the United States is the growing belligerance of the police toward the average citizen, and most especially, their disregard for the homeless and disenfranchised. I wonder if these cops, (I hesitate to call them policemen), considered the homeless man disposible and that he was less worthy of living than others because of his homelessness.
It was reported that the man had a history of mental illness and violence. Did that make killing him….from a safe distance, more excusable? In any case, I would wager that tidbit wasn’t brought out until afer the fact.