You seem to like throwing the word "thug" around. Just how many "thugs" have you met?
This is getting attention because of it's close proximity to Ferguson and the obvious tension there.
But unfortunately I fear this case will just be used as another example to somehow dismiss the numerous cases of clear police brutality and racial profiling happening to black men across the country by some police officers. Much like how some are blaming peaceful protestors for murdered police officers instead of looking at the complete picture and how decades of that brutality and racial profiling where officers rarely actually face charges (while being investigated by their peers within their own department with virtually little to no independent investigating) in cases such as the one of Eric Garner only further a deep distrust and lack of confidence in police officers by minorities in this country.
Obviously not all police officers are bad, and yes the job is tough. But that does not mean we should ignore just how broken the system is.
The kid was a dumbass who deserved what he got. Bottom line. I'm not sure why some people have such a cavalier attitude about weapons. Why would you pull a gun on a cop? At the end of the day, everybody is just a sack of very easily perforated meat. I actually commend the cop for only taking three shots and I don't like cops. The mob mentality that these police unions have is beyond infuriating. Cops are not infallible. Most are decent people. Some are shitbags who commit crimes and should be held accountable.
I had a long talk with a guy I served with who is now an Atlanta cop (he is black). After hearing his side, things became a lot more grey and a lot less clear cut. Racial profiling is endemic in the criminal justice system. With that being said, most of the time if you are a law abiding citizen and respect police they will also deal civilly with you. "Most of the time" being the operative phrase. fuged up poo still happens but it is not the norm. He said a lot of white officers are scared of black males, and sometimes take the stance that they are already talking to a criminal. Doesn't matter if you did anything, you are either already a criminal or you will become one at some point because of how you look. That attitude doesn't help. At the same time, it's hard to blame them for that outlook because of the statistics. Another troubling fact is that we (black people) are doing an outstanding job of killing each other for really stupid poo but there are no mass demonstrations about that. As I typed this diatribe, black on black violence probably claimed the life of someone, somewhere. Maybe a little more introspection is needed in conjunction with more police accountability.