Originally Posted by ckblv
Didn't he empty his clip and put another one in and empty that one also.
I have to wonder if there is anything a police officer could do to be charged.
Doesn't seem like it. And the gun remark is what the cop said after he realized the people killed had no weapons. I think the entire thing stinks to high heaven and don't blame the Reverend Al one bit.
Cindy, the officers *were* charged and tried in court. The officer testified under oath that he heard Bell's friend remark about a gun.
What should the police have done? There is a heated confrontation between two groups of people, which was steadily escalating. An officer hears a man say "Get my gun", sees him reach into his waistband. This man is a passenger in the car which hits the police van *twice* as well as the detective himself!!! Putting yourself in the detective's shoes for a moment, is it hard to imagine why he thought his life and the lives of his fellow officers was in imminent danger? This isn't happening in slow motion, and there is no time for the officers to have a conference about the events taking place.
To their credit, most of the time the cops make the right call. Being fallible humans, however, they can also make tragic mistakes.
The police get mere seconds to respond to a situation - the rest of us get to chew over it at our leisure from the comfort and safety of home.