It's interesting that some of the conservatives in here vehemently defending the rights of human life regarding abortion with endless keystrokes don't bother to share the same fierce defense when it comes to human rights for homosexuals.
You've got just as big of an axe to grind as anyone else here. I don't understand why you keep attempting to play the victim, all the while hurling out insults yourself. Literally just about every poster here is guilty of getting verbal jabs in at one another at one point, that's basically any message board anywhere. So you continually getting on here, and immediately throwing your hands up like you are being berated by everyone, and flopping about in disgust that someone questioned you while you insult them is laughable at best. It isn't as much defending killers as it is the general sentiment, like people going out of their way to look for ways to blame the dead individual for basically bringing this upon themselves, particularly the ever popular "comply or die" logic which has been furthered on numerous occasions in threads here.
Considering all the hits he took last year. I can't blame him. You've got to protect your QB no matter who is behind center, or you aren't going to win many games. Which we saw firsthand last year while our QB was getting pummeled into the ground while we were getting blown out. I'm glad he is being vocal, all our players need to expect the best from one another. If you can't trust your teammate to do his job, it affects yours. Our franchise as a whole needs to up it's standards, mediocre is not acceptable. We are slowly changing that, but we've still got more to do.
Well it's not a one size fits all scenario obviously. But I think most of us can agree that lethal force seems to be becoming the go to response to unarmed individuals in too many instances today. Now, as far as solutions go, we've gone over this many times in various threads here, there isn't just one universal solution you can apply to this, and say "there, all done!". This has been building for decades. In the situation this thread is discussing, the "let them go" argument could open the door the door for some other things potentially, but I still think you are applying that to situations that it does not fit with anyway so your conclusions are already made up in your mind. In this case it looks like the guy was planning on evading. However in the other cases I mentioned, (Bland, and the kid with the high beams for example) those individuals were not attempting to flee, and were pulled over for quite frankly pointless reasons, so simply letting them be on their way fits those scenarios more than this one. Regardless, shooting someone in the head should still be a last resort. As I mentioned in an earlier post, point blank execution in the street without allowing that individual his day in court should not be as acceptable as it is within the law enforcement community (take a look at that cop message board thread PhillyB linked). As for the number of individuals who are wary of police officers, and apprehensive to complying to commands during a frivolous traffic stop, I'm not saying they are in the right, but aggression on the part of the officer isn't going to solve matters either. It's a tough job, no way around that, you are going to deal with challenging people, but you can't go around pulling out your gun at the first sign of difficulty. The first and arguably the most important tool for any officer should be his ability to de-escalate situations instead of further escalating a simple traffic stop over a license plate, turn signal, or high beams into a physical confrontation or shooting.
This is basically what things have been reduced to these days. You've got this guy getting shot in the head point blank over a front license plate. You've got Sandra Bland being taken off to jail for 3 damn days over not using a turn signal while changing lanes/smoking a cigarette, and that kid who was shot to death because he was pulled over for flashing his high beams at a passing police officer. There's got to be a better way to do police work than this.
I think the best way to prevent that is to begin fence mending immediately. Change the image of our police forces in America. "Protect, and serve" has basically become "Comply, or die" these days, and it is terribly sad to see, and too many lives are being lost, officers, and civilians. Other than that, the first order of business should be to stop putting officers on a pedestal so to speak. Yes they are human, yes they make mistakes, but police unions going around acting as if all officers are infallible, and should be above any and all reproach only further divides the police forces from the population they are entrusted to protect.