Wednesday, September 28, 2016

California Officer Fatally Shoots African American Man

'Oh, my God, you killed my brother': Unarmed man shot dead by El Cajon police was 'mentally sick,' sister says



Summary: A “sick” man was not acting as himself, a female claiming to be the sister of the man called the police for them to help him. Two officers came to help out the man. One of the officers had a taser ready to discharge, the other was giving directions. The man was pacing back and forth with his hands in his pockets, then suddenly took an object out of his pockets and held it up like a gun. The officer giving directions decided to shoot the man for self-defense killing the man with the object. There was not a gun found at the scene of the crime. After the event happened police went back to the crime scene to investigate, and ask questions about the man. In the background the female claiming to be the man’s sister was crying and asking, “You killed my Brother… Why… Couldn’t you have tased him…” Eight friends of the man mourned for the their friend by lighting candles and grieving. The names of all the people involved in this event have not been leaked out.

Connections: The El Cajon shooting relates to any shooting from an officer to an unarmed person, but I will be connecting the Trayvon Martin case to the El Cajon shooting. Trayvon Martin a 17 year old male, who was shot to death by George Zimmerman. These two cases connect because they were both shot and killed while unarmed.

Discussion Questions:
Do you think it was right for the Officer to shoot him as soon as he took out the alleged gun not found at the crime scene?
Do you think the mentally ill man wanted to die, or wanted for the Officers to shoot him so he wouldn’t have to do it himself?
Do you think officers are properly equipped to handle a person with a mental illness?

16 comments:

  1. No i do not think it was right the officer to shoot him as soon as he took out his "alleged" gun. I don't think the mentally ill man wanted to die at all, but did die because of the racism police officers display. I do not think officers are properly equipped to handle a person with a mental illness because they just to conclusions.

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    1. I agree, the the officers had no right to shoot the man just point blank without any questions. I strongly believe that he was not in his state of mind due to his acts alone, and towards the officers. I absolutely don't think that officers are properly equipped to handle a mental patient, because all they know is it they have a weapon, they have to detain the person even if it means shooting them. But shooting them to the point of murder is definitely wrong because they could have helped the man with his problem, instead of shooting him with no repercussions.

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  2. I don't think he wanted to die, he was mentally ill and there was obviously something that wasn't right with him when the police showed up.

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  3. No , it was not right for the Officers to shoot the man. They could have taken him down with a taser. I don't think the man wanted to die at all, being ill he might have been scared of the cops. Today it seems cops aren't ready to do a lot , they seem to just make their decisions quickly and they always are the wrong ones.I feel they aren't equipped and patient enough to handle a mentally ill person.

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  4. I think that the cop should have used the taser, but if anything, use the gun just to injure the man and not kill him. Officers should be able to handle the man i mean anyone could try to control the man with out killing him.

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  5. I don't think the man wanted to die. The man was mentally ill and obviously has something going on, and isn't completely there mentally, and the cops shouldn't have shot him. There could've been others ways to get the man and calm him down.

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  6. I think that the cop should have used the taser, but if anything, use the gun just to injure the man and not kill him. Officers should be able to handle the man i mean anyone could try to control the man with out killing him.

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  7. I don't think killing the man was not the best answer, but it doesn't matter anymore. I'm tired of hearing news of whites cops shooting black cops over and over. I think every police officer in the U.S should be conscious when they confront a black man because it sounds like killing them is always the protocall

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  8. I believe the officers could've handled the situation much better by staying calm, They are trained and have tasers and pepper sprays equipped on them, guns are not the only way to approach a unarmed person.

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  9. I think it was wrong that the officers shot the man. I believe officers aren't well prepared for these situations. They're job as officers is to protect us but the deaths of innocent people caused by police officers just instills fear among people. I don't think police officers know how to deal with people who have a mental illness's because that's not they're main expertise but irregardless of what they do they should be able to handle a lot of situations in the best and safest way possible.

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  11. I do not think that it was right that the police officer shot the man. I don't that the man who allegedly pulled out the gun wanted to die, he was mentally ill and so I don't think that police officers are trained for situations like these. The officer may have panicked and shot but that's not a good excuse to shoot a man. They should have taken a closer look and evaluated the situation carefully and thoroughly.

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  12. I don't think it was right of the officers to shoot the man. I think the officers should not of done it if they saw he did not have a gun. In the end i feel like it just shows how cops assume the worst and can be racist.

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  13. I think that the office that shot this man was wrong for what he did. This man had no right to get shot, he wasn't armed or anything. Just because your skin color is different doesn't mean the person should be treated differently. Everyone should be treated equally and shouldn't have to be worried about losing a family member.

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  14. I don't believe the ill man should have been shot. I think the police force are starting to abuse their power of gun usage and using "self defense" as a constant excuse. A taser seems like the reasonable weapon to use, but the fact that a police officer had to abuse his power with his gun proves that he was too quick to judge. A police officer's job to serve and protect, this means to not only serve and protect yourself, but everyone within the community.

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