|Quoting APFPilot1985 (Reply 2):|
absolutely disgusting, that deputy should be charged with attempted murder instead of manslaughter and kudos to who ever video taped it.
I am guessing the DA didn't want to over charge the Deputy. Given the officer's longevity with the department and the fact that the shooting was duty-related, it could be the DA's belief that a jury would have a difficult time convicting an on duty police officer of attempted murder. I think the DA made the right decision. Also, if convicted, the officer is looking at a prison sentence of 18+ years. That's not exactly a slap on the wrist.
The person who filmed the incident has turned himself into Florida authorities to answer charges of aggravated assault with a firearm stemming from an incident in 1997 when he allegedly pointed a firearm at an elderly couple. He is currently out on bail and is awaiting trial in April.