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Letsdebate24
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The Contender
Adley104
Con (against)

The shooting of Alton Sterling was justified

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 7/20/2016 Category: Society
Updated: 7 months ago Status: Debating Period
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Letsdebate24

Pro

Since Alton Sterling was resisting the police despite verbal commands, the shooting was justified.
Adley104

Con

Alton Sterling was resisting but that didn't mean they had to kill him tho
Debate Round No. 1
Letsdebate24

Pro

On July 5th, 2016, Alton Sterling was shot and killed by police after being called to the scene for an individual threatening a homeless man with a gun. There were two different videos taken from cellphones that showed two different angles but both videos told the same story. After Alton was taken to the ground he continued to resist the officers knowing he was in felony position of a firearm. It is reasonable to assume that after threatening someone with a gun he was illegally in possession of, Alton knew there was a good chance he was going to be arrested and chose to resist the officers. It is also reasonable to assume that if someone has just made threats with a gun and then refuses to comply with officers, that person might be willing to turn that gun on the officers as so many people do especially in recent years. It is not unreasonable to believe that these officers were in fear for their lives given Altons resistance and the fact that he had a gun in his pocket and was seen reaching for it as the police officer screamed "he's going for the gun." in the video.
Alton has an extensive criminal background including battery, resisting an officer, and pedophilia (he impregnated a minor)
In order to make the claim that this shooting was not justified, my opponent has to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Alton did not intend to use the gun on the officers despite his criminal records and obvious refusal to cooperate with police.
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Posted by Letsdebate24 7 months ago
Letsdebate24
They responded to the call of Sterling threatening a man with a gun. Sterling was resisting every step of the way even when brought to the ground. Then he reached for his gun, this means there was reason to believe he intended to use it and the officers had reason to fear for their lives. Sterling forfeited his due process when he chose to act the way he did.
It's true they signed up for a job in which they put the lives of others before their own but that does not mean they have no right to defend themselves against criminals like Sterling. The officers attempted to use non lethal force but Sterling forced their hand when he reached for the gun.
Posted by DavidMancke 7 months ago
DavidMancke
Not to mention you skip out on due process by tolerating this kind of crap from the Brolice. Blue lives may matter, but the very job they signed up for was to put all other lives before their own. By virtue of the job description blue lives matter less than civilians when they are wearing the uniform.
Posted by DavidMancke 7 months ago
DavidMancke
Are you f*cking serious. If any attempt to resist arrest ended this way we would have a massive amount of dead drunk people on any given weekend. This is moronic.
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