So, came across this article today:
Ignoring the partisanship of the source and looking solely at the body cam footage, the officer issued commands to put the weapon down (after being bum-rushed following the exit from his squad car), the knife is clearly visible and after the third command, the officer defends himself. Now there are protests and riots (again). Since when is it okay to openly attack anyone, let alone police officers?
Favorite line from the article:
“The Anti-Police Brutality Coalition said in a statement that the release of partial video was insufficient, and it wasn’t clear whether Mattson could have used de-escalation tactics or nonlethal force”
De-escalation tactics? Really? The whole incident lasts less than 30 seconds - no time for that. Self-defense is the only option.