No Charges For Cop Who Killed Unarmed White Man 2 Days After Mike Brown Shooting

November 26, 2014   |   Cassius Methyl

Cassius Methyl
November 27, 2014

(The Anti MediaOn August 11th, just 2 days after the shooting of Mike Brown, Officer Bron Cruz shot and killed unarmed Dillon Taylor in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Now, the officer has been cleared of all charges.

Bodycam video of the incident can be viewed below:

There’s really not much to say here, this just doesn’t stop happening, and police aren’t getting any consequence for it in almost every incident.




While the bodycam video is short, it’s clear to see from the video provided that Taylor did not appear to be threat to the officer. He was shot simply for not following orders; murdered for questioning authority.

The implications of this are yours to determine, as well as how we should come together to stop this from happening. What is clear is that police violence is a universal problem faced by many in America, regardless of race.

Minorities are faced with much higher rates of police violence, however nearly everyone that is victimized by police and the drug war are part of the working poor, regardless of race. This is a war on freedom, with heavy racist and classist tones, which need to be acknowledged and opposed.

The police need to learn that Americans, no matter their economic class or color, are not their enemies. Police are workers just like the rest of us, however they’ve let themselves become tools of Big Government and the prison-industrial-complex.

In any case, this may be something you want to think about.

Please share this with anyone who could use some perspective on the epidemic of police violence and murder with zero consequence.

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Author: Cassius Methyl

Cassius Methyl joined Anti-Media as an independent journalist in March of 2014. His topics of interest include thinking, creating a future, deep spirituality, and astrology. He resides in Sacramento, California.

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  1. white people should riot in the streets and burn down their neighborhoods!!! that will teach them!

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  2. exactly. it will. other's will hurt until these people MAKE IT THEIR PROBLEM. Don't you understand how riots work? It causes the people that DONT GIVE A SHIT to care about something other than themselves for once!

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  3. Police are not protecting anyone but the rich and they view all citizens as potential suspects.

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  4. "Get your hands out, get your hands out now" Probably not a good idea to keep them in your pants, hidden when a cop has his gun on you. He doesn't know whether or not you're concealing a weapon. Hands to the sky, every time. Deal with any potential violations of your rights after the fact. Unless of course you want to end up like this guy.

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  5. thats wrong should not have to fear a cop unless you are guilty

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  6. So this woman that got shot because she didn't stop her car and crashed into the car…what would we be talking about if she had crash into someone and killed them?

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  7. Jim Guymann-dude Do a little bit of research before commenting further. A 911 call was placed ahead of time, by a bystander who described him and the two guys he was with as having flashed a gun down the street. Taylor had a felony arrest warrant out for him and he knew it. Here's a comment from his FB page – "Taylor wrote on Aug. 7, "I feel my time is coming soon, my nightmears are telling me. im gonna have warrants out for my arrest soon … ill die before I go do a lot of time in a cell." I'll repeat his statement "I'll die before I go do a lot of time in a cell." His blood alcohol content was 0.18 at the time of this incident, and while he may not have had a weapon, he sure wanted police to think that he did, as evidenced by his actions. On Aug. 9 he wrote: "I finely realize I hit rock bottom. im homeless I havnt slept in two days … as I walk thrw this vally of shadow of death I am fearing evil. its about my time soon." It's apparent that this was a troubled individual whose unfortunate actions led to suicide by cop. Very sad, but stop making it sound like this cop ran over there to murder him in cold blood for no reason.

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  8. it looked to me like he raised his shirt in a customary display of unarmedness.

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  9. Thomas Raphael Hyle Yeah, Thomas, right after yelling "NAH FOOL". Based on the angle we have no idea what he was doing with his right hand. And for the record, I'm fairly certain the customary display of "unarmedness", one that's recognized across the globe, is putting your hands in the air. He clearly didn't want to do that.

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  10. John Elkin I agree with you, but based on Taylor's actions, in this instance, I don't blame the officer.

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  11. See if we keep them silent then they'll resort to violence
    And that's how we criminalize change

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  12. Maybe it would help to get ahold of politicians at the state and local levels. Police budgets have more than doubled inthe last 20 years, too. And there are police policies that could create problems for everybody – they could be stopped right there.

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  13. I saw the guy not taking his hands out of his pockets after being repeatedly told. Now he's a statistic.. Good call young man

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  14. You wouldn't apply for your own city's police department, but yet think you know how to best reform it? What needs to be reformed? You'll make any cop with credibility find a new department or a new profession entirely. All you'll be stuck with is rift raft who can't get hired by any other department and this shit will continue. Make it where 80% of homicides are not African American and you'll have your reform

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  15. cops are trained to see whats in your hands before shooting, not assuming…you already have aim on the guy, he would have to produce a gun then aim then fire..ive seen the training..you have to identify what is in their hands first..just doesnt happen when its a black guy…and whites have guns on them more..its simply racism

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  16. Of course not. They never have to answer for their crimes b/c the prosecutor doesn't want to be on bad terms with the police. They scratch each other's backs a lot.

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  17. Or Nicholas we could require certain standards for our officers that wouldn't leave us with the "rift raft" you refer to. Do you have a source for that stat, or do you just say things and hope nobody will challenge it?

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  18. Jared Abdullah Garrison bro i get that you are mad, and i wont say i understand you because i cant possibly understand you, but becoming the monster you hate is far from the right way of "getting things done".

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VeK759FF84s

    You should check this out, very very interesting.

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  19. The 80% statistic came from the Milwaukee police chief whose video has gone viral. Amazing how you couldn't make that connection. All you get with 'standards' are unproven methods that would endager the officer's life. Those standards are what drive officers to surrounding cities where they are paid the same and have to deal with less crime. As anecdotal evidence from the city of Stockton, CA we can assure you these people will leave and crime will skyrocket. I have no idea where you live, but it doesn't sound like you have to deal with this shit on a nightly basis. Come here during the 4th of July weekend and propose some of the 'standards' you have in mind.

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  20. A riot won't "make me care about something or someone else", it makes my grab a sample of my arsenal and protect what's mine. Come and get it. Works every time because the sheeple rioting are cowards that require a group. They fear a show of force as demonstrated time and time again in Ferguson.

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  21. And there was NO rioting, looting, vandalism, blocking of traffic, etc., as a result of the cop being exonerated. Hmmmmm what does THAT tell you about the difference of the caliber of ppl in Utah and Ferguson. I REST MY CASE.

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  22. Bob Weatherford have you ever considered that they get together because they want to show solidarity and that yes indeed there are a lot of people concerned about issue "X", and that at the same time they know they will be facing a force of riot cops armed to the teeth with practically the latest weaponry. Keep in mind protesting is the reason why you got 8 hour work days, and why you get to drink your almost non existent brain cells away.

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  23. BWAHAHAHA! Nothing like "showing solidarity" by destroying other peoples property. That's not solidarity, its mob rule. You should learn the difference between democracy and liberty. As for the rest, cops aren't the only people "armed to the teeth", so just as long as my alcohol-addled brain can align sights and pull the trigger I will be able to protect what's mine.

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  24. You don't kill someone for not taking their hands out of their pockets. Taze them, shoot to injur even. Not kill. Anyone supporting this obviously supports police corruption for a reason

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  25. Bob Weatherford rifles<tanks, rifles<jets, rifles<laser guided missiles. yaaa im just gonna stop there and let you live in your disillusion world where guns bring "safety"

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  26. Oh yes … I saw the police budget for a pair of F-22's yesterday, along with the RPG's. Obey the law and you have nothing to fear, attack me and you do. The rest is none of my business. My alcohol-addled brain is evidently well enough to know that (hic)!

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  27. Hmm…It tells you that there was video of this guy with his hands concealed refusing to comply vs a cop who says he took two George Forman punches to the left side of his face and arrives at the hospital with mild sunburn looking irritation instead of the reported and redacted broken eye sockets or even some swelling black and blue face, or a bullet wound straight into the top of the head with a horizontal trajectory aligned top of head in line with the guys backbone from 20 to 30 feet away (which we don't know for certain since the medical examiner said he didn't need to process the scene or take any measurements like that isn't something his is required to do). That creates a little doubt that these folks are playn with a full deck. But It seems just fine to you. No question what so ever. Have one of your buddies throw 2 haymakers to one side of your face and take a picture for us. Show me a sunburn.

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  28. Henry Williams yes rioting causes more people to give a shit, but for the other side, more racism, more divide. The protests were moving us ahead, and then the riots set us back 5 years!

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  29. See, it doesn't matter anymore if the cops thought this or that, they WANT to shoot us. They pray for it in their minds each day they put on that corrupt uniform. I'm being very sarcastic to some extent but these cops, they had a choice to do something for work & they chose to work as a enforcer for corrupt govt, keeping it feeling protected & harming us out here & violating the Constitution everyday. I don't care if some cop thinks he's justified in shooting someone & may very well be, the point is that the bigger picture is eluded for alot of you who keep on defending these armed gangsters you worship. The point is that these cops operate with sheer impunity from enforcing unconstitutional laws everyday to killing us & assaulting us, etc. THAT'S what makes them criminal. If we restored our country properly through exercising the right of revolution & stopped being afraid to take the risks & work together, we could do what this country had to go through before to even become a country. The cops in the Revolutionary War (up to it too) were the Redcoats & before the War even began, patriots took action against them, with good ole' fashioned firefights, ambushes, etc. And we succeeded in the end because we had the will to do it too……

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  30. Don't become a bleeding heart without taking EVERYTHING into consideration. My dad was an officer for almost 20 years, and I've heard a lot of the stories about things that can go wrong when you're just out doing your job. Police officers are people too, with families and loved ones they would like to go home to at the end of the day. This is a line of work, and there are many individuals out there that have turned it into a "shoot, or be shot" society.

    Now there are several things WRONG with this one-sided article:

    First off, there is no mention of why this officer is here on scene in the first place. Was it a random "what's going on here?" or was he responding to a call of a potentially armed suspect? Was the a fight he was called to break up?

    Second, given the above situation, when someone begins to leave a potential 'crime scene' when an officer shows up, that looks very suspicious. Why flee if you have done nothing wrong?

    Third, when an officer tells you to get your hands out of your pockets where he can see them, and you instead ignore him after repeated commands to do so, then you are in the wrong. Again, the officer doesn't know you are not armed, he has to assume the worst possible outcome and prepare himself for it.

    They are not out to kill people just because they can. It's a scary thing to come into a situation and not know what could happen. People act like it's only acceptable for an officer to kill someone if they have been shot at first.

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  31. Jared Abdullah Garrison how do whites treat blacks? … very good in my neighborhood ..so i got no problem with that.

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  32. Nicholas Arbini an officers life is meant to be endangered ) The system shouldn't prioritize the officer's safety above all else. You are irrational

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  33. Benjamin Watson who plays for the New Orleans Saints posted the following on his Facebook page and it has since gone viral:
    "At some point while I was playing or preparing to play Monday Night Football, the news broke about the Ferguson Decision. After trying to figure out how I felt, I decided to write it down. Here are my thoughts:
    I'M ANGRY because the stories of injustice that have been passed down for generations seem to be continuing before our very eyes.
    I'M FRUSTRATED, because pop culture, music and movies glorify these types of police citizen altercations and promote an invincible attitude that continues to get young men killed in real life, away from safety movie sets and music studios.
    I'M FEARFUL because in the back of my mind I know that although I'm a law abiding citizen I could still be looked upon as a "threat" to those who don't know me. So I will continue to have to go the extra mile to earn the benefit of the doubt.
    I'M EMBARRASSED because the looting, violent protests, and law breaking only confirm, and in the minds of many, validate, the stereotypes and thus the inferior treatment.
    I'M SAD, because another young life was lost from his family, the racial divide has widened, a community is in shambles, accusations, insensitivity hurt and hatred are boiling over, and we may never know the truth about what happened that day.
    I'M SYMPATHETIC, because I wasn't there so I don't know exactly what happened. Maybe Darren Wilson acted within his rights and duty as an officer of the law and killed Michael Brown in self defense like any of us would in the circumstance. Now he has to fear the backlash against himself and his loved ones when he was only doing his job. What a horrible thing to endure. OR maybe he provoked Michael and ignited the series of events that led to him eventually murdering the young man to prove a point.
    I'M OFFENDED, because of the insulting comments I've seen that are not only insensitive but dismissive to the painful experiences of others.
    I'M CONFUSED, because I don't know why it's so hard to obey a policeman. You will not win!!! And I don't know why some policeman abuse their power. Power is a responsibility, not a weapon to brandish and lord over the populace.
    I'M INTROSPECTIVE, because sometimes I want to take "our" side without looking at the facts in situations like these. Sometimes I feel like it's us against them. Sometimes I'm just as prejudiced as people I point fingers at. And that's not right. How can I look at white skin and make assumptions but not want assumptions made about me? That's not right.
    I'M HOPELESS, because I've lived long enough to expect things like this to continue to happen. I'm not surprised and at some point my little children are going to inherit the weight of being a minority and all that it entails.
    I'M HOPEFUL, because I know that while we still have race issues in America, we enjoy a much different normal than those of our parents and grandparents. I see it in my personal relationships with teammates, friends and mentors. And it's a beautiful thing.
    I'M ENCOURAGED, because ultimately the problem is not a SKIN problem, it is a SIN problem. SIN is the reason we rebel against authority. SIN is the reason we abuse our authority. SIN is the reason we are racist, prejudiced and lie to cover for our own. SIN is the reason we riot, loot and burn. BUT I'M ENCOURAGED because God has provided a solution for sin through the his son Jesus and with it, a transformed heart and mind. One that's capable of looking past the outward and seeing what's truly important in every human being. The cure for the Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice and Eric Garner tragedies is not education or exposure. It's the Gospel. So, finally, I'M ENCOURAGED because the Gospel gives mankind hope."

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  34. Yeah, go try to do anything by yourself. You'll get your dumb ass killed.

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  35. Ian Hacker I'm sorry, but it doesn't set us back 5 years, it just proves that there was an underlying problem. People thought racism was dead and many white people avoid talking about it.

    Now that people are talking about it, you can clearly see racism is far from dead. ^^^^^^

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  36. Henry Williams anytime you talk about race .. it makes you a racist.. there is no way around it .. race is bad … people need to treat each other as HUMAN BEINGS .. not a particular race… everyone is a racist when they talk about it.. no way around it .. treat others the way you want to be treated and be color blind … problem solved

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  37. Jeffrow Rapp Not true, all through yes race is a myth; there is only one race, the human race and eye color, skin color, or hair color don't change that. Racism is real, mainly because everyone thinks that race is a thing, thus they make it a reality. Simply sweeping the issue under the carpet wont change anything. People need to be just better educated.

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  38. Jeffrow Rapp Lol, so I'm racist when I try to point out that there's a race problem in a America?

    Well congratulations, you just proved my point. For some reason, when i point out how people are racist, I'm the racist. Sorry dumbass, but that's not how it works.

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  39. Val Syerhey it's just hate… and when you hate back it just creates more hate….People have issues with anything different than what they're accustomed to. Race is an easy way to create cliques. There is discrimination within race as well. It would be awesome if everyone as a whole became more accepting of diversity and how beautiful that can make our life experiences. I might be a white guy and all but I did not grow up privileged. however I am not going to start to list all of the obstacles I had to overcome in life. Everyone has obstacles in life to overcome…Overcoming them is what makes you strong, and is what gives your life meaning.

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  40. Jeffrow Rapp Then if you realize a problem, why are you criticizing me? It's something that needs to be dealt with. Sorry if you don't believe force is the answer, but we tried being quiet about it. FYI, I'm a white guy too :p

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  41. Henry Williams I didnt say you were a racist.. Im making the point that when people talk about race you are separating yourself from everyone else that isnt your color… when in reality thats not true .. we are all the same .. I have never heard anyone talk about a different race where they didnt look like one … it breeds hate .. and you just proved my point by calling me names .. see what race does to people?

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  42. Jeffrow Rapp I call everyone names. Everyone is equally stupid in my book. I'm pretty sure we're the same race, so I actually don't know what you're talking about. lol

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  43. Henry Williams nothing is accomplished by lowering yourself down to someone elses level… the guy that made is post is a true example… he is becoming a racist, because of some racist that killed someone .. when you say all white people or all black people and group everyone as they did the crime ..that is racist

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  44. Jeffrow Rapp No, its being realistic. Sorry you don't see it that way. But when you live in a world of racists, there's no point in trying to avoid words that describe somebody's appearance.

    And, it's natural. Animals do it to each other. If there's a group of animals, and one looks completely different from the rest of the pack, chances are the lone animal will be either pushed out of the group or killed. At least humans are trying to use rationale to prevent that. I'm done here.

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  45. Henry Williams the real issue in this county isn't about race… its about the USA becoming a police state… A militarized police force that protects the rich that pay their salaries , and punishes the poor.. and it just so happens that a lot of poor people in Ferguson…

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  46. Have you ever been placed in this situation? I don't think so. Let's try and put this into context. This kid spots the police and immediately turns and starts walking off. SUSPICIOUS. Then he proceeds to place his hands, NOT IN HIS POCKETS but in the waistline of his pants (where weapons are usually kept) This young man was given an order to take his hands out of his pants, repeatedly, and continued to ignore them. Why? Now your asking police who already have a small window to make a life or death decision to shorten that decision making time? Why not taze them? Why not shoot shoot to injure? Smh.

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  47. Jeffrow Rapp I agree with that, but can't deny that it's a problem with race. Darren Wilson killed the man because he was legitimately afraid for his life. Why was he afraid? He's around black people daily and they have a huge distrust for the police force. Simply said, he's more on his toes around a black man than a white man. That's a common train here in the US, and if you deny it, you're an idiot.

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  48. So we give taser/ non lethal weapons paid for by US THE TAXPAYER just to look good on a uniform

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  49. It has been mentioned that there is an epidemic of police violence against civilians in this country. It only takes a small percentage of trigger happy officers to cause an epidemic. Because of many college graduates having difficulty some who would not normally seek employment as a police officer now seek this job. Some are not taking any chances . Most of their post employment training is on the gun range. Only a small percentage of officers are like this but this small number has resulted in municipalities paying huge settlements for excessive force. It is wrong no matter what the color of the victim.

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  50. shot in back, the pig just shows up pull his gun and shoots the guy in the back,
    w.t.f.——————

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  51. that guy deserved to be shot…it was him trying to act tough in front of his friends and now he is dead

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  52. Let's destroy people's businesses their dreams and hope for humanity steal kill and then whine about how we are getting justice by making other people miserable and fear for their lives

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  53. Never heard the cop identify himself WTF. Gives this prick the right to shoot you in the back? Fucken murderer.

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  54. Fuck all police they aren't no more man than me. They can all burn in hell for trying to be above others.

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  55. How about no? btw a riot is the language of the oppressed. Martin Luther King said it well.

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  56. Each incident is different. I'm NO fan of heavy-handed police–at all. However, I also don't think they need to allow themselves to be murdered in order to spare the life of a savage thug. Let's get real here.

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  57. You're ludicrous.

    Anyone who ever utters the words "shoot to injure" or "shoot them in the leg" is not only absolutely ignorant about police safety, they are ABSOLUTELY ignorant about guns and using them.

    Anyway, why on EARTH would it even be necessary to go to such lengths to protect a criminal's life? All the thug in YOUR example has to do is remove his hands from his pockets to avoid the entire situation. The responsibility is on the criminal for his threatening defiance. Not for the cop who wants to go home to his family.

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  58. Who cares? He should stick to football.

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  59. Henry Williams: LOL! No it doesn't. I makes abiders of the law angry and hateful of the scum who think their tantrum is more important than someone else's personal safety and property. All it did for me was to make me loathe the infantile philosophy of the rioters.

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  60. Don McCoy well then maybe you should stick to whatever you do . and not comment.. huh?

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  61. Jared Abdullah Garrison: They already have. Obama and Holder use the their offices for the persecution of whites and the protection of blacks. Look how they publicly backed Brown without waiting for ANY facts (even though they have NO business in local affairs at ALL). Look how they refuse to prosecute the "New" Black Panthers for voter intimidation. These are just TWO examples…

    You've ALREADY got your wish…how's it working out for you?

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  62. dillon taylor is latino not white

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  63. Henry Williams All cops say they are afraid .. or they are … a cop was afraid of me when i got out of my car at a traffic stop. He pulled out his gun and almost shot me .. if i didnt raise my hands i would have been dead. and im white

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  64. Austin Smith LOL! The riot is the language of the oppressed when it's not busy being the language of the looting thug…which is what it was here.

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  65. I'd love to know the back story. It is begining to seem that the police should have their guns taken off them.

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  66. "they had a choice to do something for work & they chose to work as a enforcer for corrupt govt, keeping it feeling protected & harming us out here & violating the Constitution everyday." Did you bother proof reading this or any of the other crap you've written before posting? So what's the answer? Dissolve every police force in this country so that…..never mind, I'm not going to waste my time with this foolishness.

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  67. Omar F. Pinate Your inability to deduce & comprehend things I'm talking about is way too much of a magnitude for you to grasp. It's not hard to see what I'm talking about. There is such thing as legitimate LE, but the police are not it. The Sheriff's are, the deputies are & we're sovereign to the state 1st, and 2nd, we can dissolve oppressive government when we choose to & 3, the police are just an army of people who do what they're told to make money for the state & many of them use alot of violence to do it. There's so much more to it, but you're not smart enough for me to bother telling it to. We don't need police & considering their job isn't even to serve/protect us, which the Supreme Court has ruled about twice, WHY do we have them according to you then? Their job is 1, enforce statutes, unjust or not, & 2, to investigate crime after it has happened.

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  68. Regardless of how he lived his life he was young and had the opportunity to become anything until a trigger happy cop ended it for him. So many non lethal weapons of choice for a cop yet this cop used a gun.

    https://www.facebook.com/dillon.taylor.33

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  69. The system has every right to prioritize the officer's life. You're unreasonable and a pure definition of the word idiot.

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  70. Henry Williams The only things riots on a massive scale will solve is causing Martial Law. Go to whitehouse.gov and look through some of the latest bills passed allowing the government to do such a thing should civil unrest happen.

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  71. Don McCoy "..going home to family.." has been used to justify the murder of many citizens. Black, white, brown… who cares. The officer obviously had the advantage. His gun was already drawn, his bullet chambered. He would have had plenty of time to fire on the suspect before the suspect could clear his "holster"; ie waistband. Either stop the violence or take, " To protect and serve" off the side of their vehicles.

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  72. Don McCoy i like how you called him a thug when you've never met the dude in your life. i hope a cop shoots you in the dick you waste of life

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  73. Brandon Aubuchon No need to spread hatred. We're all Americans here; more reason to treat one another respectfully.

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  74. This cop is a murderer plain and simple. You don't shoot unless your life it's threatened and if this cop felt threatened he should turn in his badge and go find a new job because he is a giant pussy.

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  75. Riaan Landon Schwabe I don't believe in treating americunts with respect anymore. all they do is pretend like they are "fearing for their life" and murder innocent people

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  76. Don McCoy
    The point is that it can happen to just about anyone.

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  77. Omar F. Pinate The whole idea of officers being armed is to protect them from threats, tell me how this unarmed kid was a threat.

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  78. Omar F. Pinate "This kid spots the police and immediately turns and starts walking off. SUSPICIOUS." Gee, you ever think that people run from Police FOR THIS EXACT REASON?? BECAUSE THEY DON'T WANT TO BE KILLED. I have a perfectly clean criminal record and I avoid Police gang members like the Plague because I don't want to die.

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  79. Jared Abdullah Garrison Ignorant statement of the day. Congrats.

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  80. These statist tools should have to carry their guns in their trunks.

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  81. How can you think and react clearly when you're surprised with a gun drawn on you, facing down the barrel of death? Police across the country REALLY need to be retrained because they're tactics dont seem to consider natural human reactions and instincts.

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  82. Brandon Aubuchon No. That is an ignorant and biased statement. To lump everyone under a single, derogatory adjective is an ignorant and childish thing to do. Be a part of the solution rather than the problem. If you'd rather create more problems than solutions you are just as bad as they. Our Founding Fathers would be ashamed of the state of this nation.

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  83. Brandon Aubuchon Did you take a good look at Don? That fat bastard couldn't find his dick even with a search party.

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  84. Omar F. Pinate Are you serious? Two cops in camera angle, one of him. Tackle him. Taze him. Shoot his legs. Why did they shoot to kill this person? These cops should be tied up and their organs ripped from their bodies. They think they have justification? No. They aren't even using common sense.

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  85. Don McCoy you know DAn I come from a time when police were not so quick to shoot. And as for the office wanting to go home safe I think this kid would have liked to do the same. Time for our police to be retrained.

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  86. Ben Hodge …this is the problem with cops today. They tend to have a low IQ, possess no common sense what so ever and they're just a bunch of cowards. That must explain why they're so trigger happy.

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  87. Police reach for their gun and reactions quickly to shoot before the person they stopped can even ask then what's going on like in this case

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  88. The kid lifted up his shirt to show he wasn't armed it's sad really sad to many ppl in the United States get killed by cops and they get away why is that is their real jobs to shoot and kill and violating rights instead of protect and serve

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  89. Jack Vivirito They'd rather shoot before asking questions, injure before using common sense and classify everyone as a criminal, despite the contrary. You should only fear the police if you have done something wrong. What will you teach your children when they grow up is what it comes down to. "Listen to the police, even if you aren't doing anything wrong. Don't talk to them without me or an attorney. Assume they are out to get you, expect it to." I won't be telling my son this, but when it comes down to it… Thats the real world. Sad the police state has come to this. :(

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  90. Don McCoy we dont have the right to determine someone is a thug by the way they look. you know nothing about the situation besides what you read here, yet you condemn a person as a thug who needs to die. Do you believe in God? I dont but im willing to bet a person like you does. irony

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  91. Don McCoy Your an idiot you are supposed to be innocent until proven guilty that means you cant be gunned down like you are on death row unless someone is using lethal force actively against an agent foooools

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  92. No it's still clearly a racial thing. We speak generally, not in absolute, and in general this happens to black people. The list of black names is so long

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  93. Dave Nadolski People calling cops on people for looking suspicious or having a gun are almost always full of shit and spineless pieces of crap who should be ashamed of themselves.

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  94. Riaan Landon Schwabe yes, but you are not allowing for cowardice as an accepted, even somehow sympathetic, trait in Yuppie culture.

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  95. Don McCoy so you do, then, of course agree that Trayvon Martin was absolutely reasonable and within his legal self defense rights to punch George Zimmerman who after chasing him first in a vehicle then on foot for no lawful or obvious reason, refused twice when asked to identify what he wanted, then (all Z's own video testimony to police BTW) reached in his pocket, right?

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  96. Those people that are afraid and shoot to kill in an unknown situation have no right being cops. they don't have what it takes to protect and serve.

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  97. That's a stupid way to think brother.

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  98. no. Lifting the shirt to display no weapon in the waist is THE customary sign of unarmedness in USA. Raising the hands indicates surrender, which is a different thing and had not been commanded, but even if it is also A display of unarmedness, so is raising the shirt, and a very customary one. Was the cop scared? Undoubtedly. Was he REASONABLY afraid of imminent Death or serious bodily injury as required by law? No.

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  99. You are a fucking moron. I wasted my life reading your post. Please don't breed. You alone have brought my IQ down 20 points.

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  100. Jared Abdullah Garrison correct; they are supposed to be "trained observers" who shoot only when sure of their target and only when it is reasonable. Of course rules don't matter when they're not enforced.

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  101. Dave Nadolski "courtesy [etc] pd" is over the victim's face in the video, so I can't see if it is him saying "nah, fool" or a bystander. Nor of course can I or anyone tell what it might have meant; a friend trying to advise the victim? A bystander trying to calm the cop? The victim meaning "nah, fool; I'm not armed" or "Nah, fool; don't shoot me." what you assume, or anything else. It is not readily interpretable in a meaningful manner and so is meaningless to our analysis.

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  102. Chris Hunter agreed. "he has a gun" is not a crime in USA in a general way. Nor is it possible for one to "look suspicious"; that is simply a display of bigotry on the part of whoever says so; "reasonable suspicion" required by law for government agents to question (let alone threaten and order around) a person is ONLY reasonable suspicion of an actual crime. Have I mentioned law is meaningless in a lawless police state?

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  103. Chris Lindsey No it isn't police view everyone as a criminal who has not been caught yet.And I come from a family of Cops and spent thirteen years in law enforcement.

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  104. Dave Nadolski It is not at all "[clear he] didn't want to [put his hands up]" It was not demanded and in fact cops do not generally want that these days (hands behind your head and hands out from your sides are their usual orders for hands in my experience). It is true we cannot see the victim's right hand in the video at the moment of shooting, due to the cop's hand being in our line of sight, however we do know there was nothing in it, which means we do know the cop didn't see anything in it, and furthermore by definition a thing we can't see cannot be a reasonable cause for us to back the officer. Anything can of course be an unreasonable cause, but those are irrelevant.

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  105. Riaan Landon Schwabe They already did that.After the scotus ruled they are under no obligation to protect and serve.You will not find that on any cop car in this country.

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  106. Everybody says that bro. Cops risk their lives everyday. And the way you repay them is talking this crazy bull about how they think we are all criminals. Just sad, especially if you and your family members come from a LEO background. This just shows you have no loyalty to your LEO brothers

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  107. i have to call this one out. this (fool) turns around with his hands in his waistband and says "whats up fool?" i dont know why the gun was even drawn for a person walking away from the cops with his back turned but this kid was an idiot.

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  108. Brian Lane I see some still say it occasionally, but we must remember that slogans are not legally binding.

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  109. You need a high school diploma and 4 months of academy my state to become a cop… this is not enough training for the amount of responsibility police have.. allcops need to have a bachelors degree and then a post graduate criminal justice degree…. this will weed out the eemotionally unstable and provide better deescalation training

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  110. Don and Omar. I'm pretty sure you two are or were cops or wannabe cops. I've met the type. And yes I have been in situations. Where I could hear bullets whizzing by me. If I could. Take the guy down without killing him so can they. The good thing is that you're in the minority here and people with your mentality are going the way of the dodo

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  111. Cops are under trained for the amount of responsibility we give them! A high school diploma and 6 months of academy is in no way enough training! All cops need bachelor degrees and a very stringent testing to enter academy after undergraduate school! We don't just let anyone become nurses or doctors so why are we for cops

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  112. Oh I thought cops only shot African Americans ?
    Well we all know that isn't the case it's just that incidents involving African Anerican folks are much more publicized because the African Americsn community raises such a stink and cries racism every chance they get!!!
    Oh also it might because African Americans are much much more involved in violent crime .African Americans commit a astronomically higher rate of violent crime per a capita than white folks and that's a fact.Judt like the incident in Ferguson which was started with Micheal Brown robbing a store and then attacking a police officer !!!

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  113. Omar F. Pinate The young man was "given an order", so fucking what. He is not under any obligation to obey. No one is. That cop had no right to issue "orders", time for that attitude to be laid to rest. "Respect my authoritay", This cop is a coward, plain and simple, there was no life and death situation here, the cop was never in danger. If he had kept shut the boy would still be alive. I repeat, the cop was never in danger, no matter how he saw it.

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  114. The US Police have no self-control. The shoot first, even at 12 year-olds. I have seen critical situations from other countries (such as England) where the police demonstrate courage and professionalism without firing a single unnecessary shot. The Police shouldn't be made up of a bunch of cowards who, because they always fear for their lives, always shoot first the very people they are supposed to protect from harm.

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  115. Right, because we were guaranteed our constitutional freedoms for no fucking reason and all should just submit to the illegal ludicrous requests of our local police no matter what the fuck they says. Are you aware that statistically speaking being a TRASH COLLECTOR is more life threatening than being a

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  116. police commit felony assault with deadly force daily often upon innocent people mistaken by error or arrogance. Take guns away from police and criminals would have no reason to shoot them.

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  117. Ummm we the ppl of the United States of America have every right to put my hand where ever the fuck I want

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  118. Omar F. Pinate ok sure sure …he had his hands in his pants…so the cops told him to take them out….so he did……and was shot for removing his hands as ordered….cops are pussies!!

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  119. Dave Nadolski ok sure sure …he had his hands in his pants…so the cops told him to take them out….so he did……and was shot for removing his hands as ordered….cops are pussies!!
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  120. If I see a cop I'm going to walk away to doing something or not . First off who is law enforment to tell me what to do when I'm not committing any crime . Unless the officer say a weapon he had no right to draw his . But we they ppl are letting these pigs we pay do to a job and do it wrong and don't do anything about it is the problem give a human being power and this is what u get

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  121. everyone says what you are saying but being a police officer doesn't even get you into the top 10 most dangerous jobs list, why would anyone want to be loyal to anyone who associates themselves with the events in the above video? or the 12 year old boy who just got murdered? or what happened to john crawford.

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  122. Wow lets just shoot everyone who doesn't bow down to what we say. Our police act like cowards and the cowardly citizens that back help continue this shit. How bout do you fucking job and only shoot when you see a gun.

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  123. that is so it i am so going to vote against this and talk to a few politicians who are going to fix problems like these so i can make an informed decision during election time

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  124. You must ask yourself these days if your night prowler is scarier than calling 911. You could easily get shot either an intruder or a cop. Not to mention that your night prowler may be a itchy finger'd police officer looking for a dog to shoot or something.

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  125. UNTIL YOU TELL YOUR LAW MAKERS THIS**NOTHING WILL CHANGE********************
    POLICE CANNOT INVESTIGATE THEMSELVES!
    Develop permanent, independent boards to review incidents of police corruption and brutality—and then fund them well and support them publicly. Only this can change a culture that has existed since the beginnings of the modern police department!

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  126. THis so terrible i don't know hyow many murders i've seen on facebook this year from police this is an epidemic!

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  127. Dillion Taylor was extremely depressed and suicidal, as his final Facebook posts clearly showed.

    He decided that his way out of his depression was "suicide by cop."

    Taylor walked away from officers, and then stuck is hands down the front of his pants, intentionally mimicking what is know as "Mexican Carry" in the appendix position… a very common way for criminals to carry handguns. He refused police commands numerous times, and then made a sudden move with his hands to make officers think that he was drawing a concealed handgun He was shot in response, and unfortunately died.

    It is a sad situation all around, but the fault here lies entirely with Dillion Taylor.

    Dillion Taylor chose the outcome of this situation, knowing what officers must do in response to his actions.

    I hope that he finds the peace in his next life that he could not find in this one.

    I hope that his family realizes that he is no longer anguished and tortured, and is now at rest.

    And I hope that Officer Cruz realizes that he was in no way at fault for what happened during this encounter.

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  128. That's the worst part… He wasn't shot for not following orders… He was shot right after he did what the cop asked him to do… He got killed for following orders…

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  129. Having had an officer for a husband I find a lot of this frustrating. A good officer will do his best do not kill anyone unnecessarily. There are times when it is necessary. The biggest problem is an officer cannot always tell if they are holding a gun or are dangerous to them. When that occurs they have to take it on defense. I do believe that can do t hat without killing but rather wound them. People have gotten worse in baiting officers to try to get them to either kill them or hurt them. I see this every day and wonder why they are so stupid. Then again, I see officers that fire without cause. It has got to come to a happy balance somehow and not sure it will.

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  130. Senseless killing it doesn't matter what color a person is everything has to be about color someone is dead because of foolishness .

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  131. Murder 1st degree. I wish ISIS was in town to take care of those cops and the a-holes who made sure no charges would be laid.

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  132. First off, the cops were responding to a call that three men at the 7 Eleven were brandishing a firearm and were there to investigate. As they arrived, the one guy began to walk away and while doing so, put his hands in his pants as if he were hiding something.

    Let's break this down, shall we? Now this video won't play for me, so I went to the video at this link to view it and that is the one I am referencing with the time stamps: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ejrxHwvJCE

    Time stamp :26 shows him reaching into his pants as cops are coming up on him, yelling, from no more than 20 feet away. But even if he didn't hear the cop, note the cop to the right who is in front of the man with his gun drawn. He had to have seen him even if peripherally.

    Time stamp :29 the sound finally comes on and you can hear the ending sound of the cop yelling something.

    Time stamp :32 the cop finishes telling him to get his hands out (possibly the second time ordered but for the sake of argument we'll say it's the first time we know of for sure).

    Time stamp :33 the man has turned completely around and the officer begins telling him again to get his hands out.

    Time stamp :34 the man yells, "Naw fool!" (not "What's up fool" as someone posted earlier in the comments)

    Time stamp :35 the cop says "Get your…" and at… time stamp :36 (continued in next time stamp entry)

    Time stamp :36 you can still hear the man mouthing off to the cop, and the cop yells "get 'em out!" and the man starts lifting something – his shirt, whatever … he's lifting something instead of showing his hands. According to WREG (Channel 3 News in Memphis, Tennessee at http://wreg.com/2014/11/25/salt-lake-cop-cleared-in-shooting-of-unarmed-white-man/) "Taylor quickly raised his left hand from inside his waistband, lifted his shirt level with his armpit and quickly brought out his right hand.

    Time stamp :37. The man is shot.

    He obviously heard them at time stamp :33 or he wouldn't have turned around to the cop behind him instead of the one to the side who he would have seen first. He refused to comply (told the cop he wouldn't do it) and then was shot a whole 4 seconds after turning to the cop to tell him "Naw, fool!" How long does it take to pull your hands out of your pants and show them to a cop? Showing your hands to a cop takes half a second. He had 8 times the amount of time needed to comply and he refused, said he was going to refuse, and instead made a gesture other than what he was told to do which is a gesture identical to someone drawing a weapon (probably why the cop told him to take his hands out and not to lift his shirt). So if he said he wasn't going to comply and began to lift something… what else is a cop supposed to believe he is going to do while he is responding to a call of someone brandishing a weapon?

    Ordering someone to take their hands out or to show their hands is NOT A VIOLATION OF RIGHTS OR CONSTITUTIONAL LAW! There is no search being conducted and no arrest is being made. They are telling you that you are deemed an immediate threat, warranting deadly force, and by taking your hands out of your pants and showing them your hands will show compliance and it will prove to them that you are not a threat. Doing ANYTHING ELSE is non compliance, will be deemed an act of aggression whether you are armed or not, and you will be shot! I find it baffling that people think the average thug does not know this already! If you're innocent and have nothing to hide, then why not comply until the cop does his search and establishes that you are not armed and are not a threat?

    What these videos don't address is what information the cops have to go on when they got the call. In this case, the call involved a weapon and three thugs brandishing it.

    Very few who post these videos are going to tell the whole story, or show the entire video, because they want to get others to agree with their view. Not enough people study these videos objectively, review them frame by frame, ask questions and watch them again to try to answer those questions, etc. for themselves before spouting crap that makes them look ignorant. Yes, there are crooked cops out there and there are unnecessary shootings that shouldn't happen. But not in all cases. Yes, this man was unarmed but he gave the cops reason to believe he WAS armed. It IS tragic. But had he complied he would still be alive today.

    Do your research sheeple.

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  133. It's not a stupid way to think he is right we are all screwed cops do what they want when they want it's bullshit killing inocent people and not even being suspended… political bullshit

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  134. The cop told him multiple times to freeze & put his hands up, not only did he not do that, he also decided to say "Nah fool!" What did you people expect to happen next? The cop was within his rights to act after he both physically & verbally resisted him.

    If a cop takes out a gun, they are prepared to kill you. So don't be a dumbass & give them a reason to kill you. Cops kill people wrongly everyday, but not this time.

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  135. Stop playing the race card…. Seriously!!!!! Michael brown screwed up …. And got shot… Cuz he was committing a crime. What goes around comes around…

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  136. stop labeling people, we are all one of this… you keep making sure you say white man, black man, yellow man, red man, just stop if you don't see that becoming a problem the way you think then i gave you too much credit that you deserve.

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  137. The gullibility of American society. Forty eight seconds of unclear video, and you are all ready to lynch the guy. There is no mention of events leading up to this, and no mention why he was cleared of all charges. This "news" story doesn't even include the officer's defense of his actions. I guess I shouldn't be surprised, Americans are always ready to jump at anything that remotely supports their viewpoint.

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  138. Dude deserved it, just like michael brown. If someone, anyone, points a gun at you, especially the police, you cooperate. These people die because the officer doesn't want to die, in my opinion it's natural selection.

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  139. What are people doing? Playing at suicide by cop. People must be damned stupid that they continue to not listen to orders………..like hands up or get on the ground. Cops tell them 10 times and they all act deaf. Of course the dumbest of them all was Michael Brown who punches a cop in the face because he was asked to get out of the road. *******sheesh*********

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  140. If armed government enforcers are needed to combat armed gangs in cities and towns, weve already crossed the border that used to be Mexico.

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  141. What angers me the most is the assumption that all cops are bad cops. Yes, there are bad cops who lie cheat and abuse their power in the worst ways possible, but the majority of cops are good people. If you think about it their job is to aid the people, in order to do that you have to care about the people. IMO.

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  142. This is such BS. Facebook post did not show he was "suicidal". Quite the opposite. This guy was trying to kick an alcohol (or possibly drug) abuse problem. His sister and fiance "saved him". Stupid Media. $$$$$ Should of aired this story. Could have prevented Ferguson nonsense. But, NO …that doesn't make you money if rioters & looters are a No Show.

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  143. A lot of truly ignorant posters we have here. It used to be where you would shoot someone who is a direct major threat to others, thus protecting the lives of those around the perpetrator, in other words, self-defense. Tell me how having one's hands in one's pockets is equivalent to aiming a gun at someone. This society has lost any concept of right and wrong, where what is wrong has now become right. American is destined for destruction and the LEOs have become the useful idiots.

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  144. If I treated everyone I came into contact with like a piece of dung on my shoe, I would be afriad of all of them as well…

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  145. The cop murdered him in cold blood. That is completely evident in the video.
    If he was a family member, I would hunt that cop down and that would be the end of him. We have a full blown, Marxist/Fascist, Police State in this nation, and it is time for the People to put an end to it, by what ever means is necessary. Yes, any means necessary !
    Death to Tyrants and Corrupt Government.

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  146. You must follow orders from a Police Officer. Deal with who is right and who is wrong later, it's not worth your life!

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  147. Where are the protests for this? Oh wait…he's white, the black community doesn't care.

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  148. Well the commentator is wrong in one thing he said . Staticits show police killed 326 unarmed whites last year and 126 blacks. But how they could not find a indictment in this case is beyond me.

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  149. Here's a clue to druggie thugs:
    If the cop tells you to put your hands where he can see them, DO IT.

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  150. And Obama says he is calling for body cams on police officers…what good will that do?.all of these police killing innocent people are caught on video and nothing happens!! Kelly Thomas was brutally and savagely beaten to death and was caught on camera,,,, no charges!! Obama is supplying the police with military gear and tanks!! Cops are beating and killing and torturing.And it's only getting worse

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