This story is shocking, especially as it was the second time the officer shot a man to death in dubious circumstances.
Things have changed with oversight of police shootings this year; this time he was ultimately fired.
The pertinent fact is that the man was shot after a scuffle but there was never any evidence presented that he was even the shoplifter who was being sought.
It is possible the “scuffle” was only a man trying to break free while being unexpectedly tackled by a police officer in a Walmart parking lot. We will find out, I believe.
Even if he was shoplifting, that is not a capital crime. And even if it were, the state gets to decide for execution, not the individual officer.
There is so much wrong here that I can hardly state it all. To be handcuffed *after death, especially as the police officer attempts to give CPR (clue: the person has to be lying flat for that).
I am not sure whether I am glad that the population of Portsmouth waited patiently for a grand jury to be called or whether I am sad that they are so beaten down it seemingly never occurred to them to organize a peaceful protest. That is one poor and saddened city.
Yes, much is wrong here.