Officers, Why Do You Have Your Guns Out?

A 68-year-old black veteran with a heart condition gets killed by White Plains, NY police officers when they respond to a distress call by a medical alert system. The police appears to argue that officers felt attacked and responded in self-defense.

  • They came to his house after a medical alert call.
  • He didn’t want them there and asked them to leave.
  • They broke into his house.
  • They hit him with a Taser.
  • They saw him grab a knife (and by now I’d grab a weapon too, heart condition or not).
  • They shot him in the chest twice, killing him.

Why, why, why? There are so many things wrong with this, how can a nightmare like this actually happen?

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