The police officer isn't the enemy; it's the system.
Especially when there are allegations of racism, I wish criminal proceedings could be performed in a double-blind-manner: The accused as well als his lawyer doesn't know about his judge, and the judge doesn't know about the accused. After the trial, though, what person was sentenced - black, hispanic, white - and what race the judge had.
The justice system is rife with injustices. This study from Israel that showed that parole judges more often set prisoners free when they had just eaten, as opposed to those prisoners whose paperwork was read in the late morning or late afternoon is just one example of judicial imperfection.
why was this man forced to lie down with hands up in the air and then shot?
The officers shouted to both of the people, not just the therapist.
What threat did he pose to the officers?
The toy could have been a weapon! EVERYTHING COULD BE A WEAPON!
In this case, a good SWAT officer (duh, he didn't even hit the intended person...) would have noticed that the therapist was more stressed by the police, and not by the child. It's just fucked up. Given these reports, I can now understand those who want to gun down threatening people - even if they were policemen "just doing their job".
anyone who was arrested was automatically beaten up by police.
I hope this sad time is over. I've heard about the promising example of Richmond CA, where the police was transformed to go more on foot, instead of scooting around in cars (and not having contact with citizens), have a more racially diverse police force, and better training. The same city has a mentoring/counseling program that, based on own and police records, tries to foster a better relationship with those people who are most likely to commit a violent act, or be the victim of one.