I am sure it wasn't as simple as it seems, when you have a group full of drunk people screaming "fuck the police" and running up on you while trying to calm the situation down you are probably pretty nervous. Maybe they shouldn't have been in a fight, maybe the cop shouldn't have shot, maybe the man shouldn't resisted, who knows but it happened. I don't think the cop just shot the kid at point blank range for fun.
Sorry, but no. Wrongful death is never simple, always complicated, and usually involves lots of emotion. Its not like he was the only cop there, and he didn't seem to be all that concerned about the crowd. His attention was obviously focused on the victim.
Yeah, he was nervous. But hes a trained professional. He has to deal with it.
And there is no "maybe the cop shouldn't have shot." No maybe about it.
And he probably didn't do it for fun, but look at it from a couple perspectives:
A. He accidentally shot him.
He shouldn't have had the weapon off safe or his finger
around the trigger to begin with. Not in that situation.
Trust me, they are taught these things and train that
B. Shot him on purpose cause he felt he had to, for safety.
His better judgment should have prevailed.
C. Shot him cause he was pissed.
This doesn't really need an explanation.
Either way, ask yourself this. If YOU had done what the cop did, in that situation, regardless if it was an accident or not, would YOU go to jail? Damn right you would.
No excuse whatsoever. Bottom line is if you or I would have done this, for whatever reason, we would be in jail right now, not on paid leave. This is a trained weapons handler. No excuse.