It is quite easy to see many instances of police brutality thanks to the age of internet. Nearly everyday a new video is released, showing an officer "taking it too far" in one way or another. I speak from personal experience when I say that I have been met with unreasonable hostility likely due to the color of my skin. No more innocents deserve to be shot from this police-state/occupying army country.
It is hard for me to believe that anyone could doubt that America has a problem with police brutality after an act like this. He was unarmed and was simply stopped because he had car trouble. But the police have been trained to shoot first and ask questions later, so this will continue to happen.
Yes, the U.S. has a problem with police brutality, the extent of which is still to be determined. Any society that has police or similar guardians of the peace is likely to have a problem. Being a police officer carries a lot of power as well as responsibility. It would be easy for some to lean more toward the power end and get swept up in it.
Yes, the US has a problem with police brutality because it is everywhere. Thankfully there are cameras now to capture most of this incidents. This will allow justice to be carried out in many situations. But the US must search inside itself to rectify what is occurring in the police communities.
Law enforcement said that Crutcher refused to show him their hands. Then he reached into a truck to get something. He could have been reaching for a weapon. If law enforcement thinks that a person might be reaching for a weapon and they will not follow instructions, it is okay for them to shoot in order to protect themselves.
Self defense laws state that the use of reasonable force to protect oneself or members of the family from bodily harm from the attack of an aggressor, if the defender has reason to believe he/she/they is/are in danger. You only need to show that any reasonable man can recognize there was a threat.
He was warned to stop and he did not comply. The officer must assume the suspect is meaning to cause harm.