I definitely don't like the way police operates in many cases. My main concern is not brutality per se, but lack of accountability - which is a precursor to poor policing.
Atlanta case, however, may be a good example of a bigger wrong. Police are pretty open about the case, lots of videos are released - and looking at those videos I certainly don't see brutal trigger-happy monsters executing a poor black guy who just happened to fall asleep at the wrong time; I see a person going way out of control.
If anything, this is an example of being unable to stop at sweet spot and being dragged by the agenda, US common problem. As a result Atlanta is basically giving a carte blanche to disregard police - as long as the person is of correct race.
Policing here (UK) and no doubt elsewhere, with armed forces, have to deal with intoxicated and often aggressive people all the time.
Many UK officers have tazers, they and others deal with people with knifes, clubs etc, what does not tend to happen is that the person ends up shot by lethal force in the back.
We've had instances of specialist armed officers having, on very rare occasions, use lethal force against someone coming at them with things like swords, as a last resort. There have been cases of this happening after non lethal force, tazers, or baton rounds not stopping them. But even most of these are usually dealt with not with firearms.
But very rare, (I don't count in this, of course, killing ASAP those nutters going all wannabe jihad with knifes on anyone, if you recall they faked up explosive vests so they intended 'death by cop').
There seems to be sufficient concern in this case for an officer to be sacked and a PD's chiefs going as well, from those with far more information of what went down there at the Wendy's carpark.
The difference is that police in the UK do not generally have to worry about being killed by people with firearms, while police in the United States do. Additionally, with every police officer in the United States being armed, allowing a suspect to incapacitate an officer (such as with a tazer) allows that suspect access to the officer's firearm. There have been numerous cases in the United States of officers being disarmed by unarmed suspects and then being killed with their own firearms.
I wouldn't put too much stock into the officer being fired. Multiple use of force experts have stated that it looks as if the shooting was completely justified. I strongly suspect that within 12 months that officer will either be back on the force or will be depositing a hefty check into his bank account after the city settles his wrongful termination suit.
We do have armed crime, not much of it, even so, unarmed officers have been murdered in the course of their duties by armed criminals. It IS a risk, So is being attacked with other weapons.
But if the long list of largely minority people being killed, when they were clearly unarmed, by police in the US actually were mostly armed assailants, there would be no BLM in the first place.
Don't you get it? I see the emergence of BLM and other groups as a direct consequence of technology, smartphones, which have recorded numerous instances of clearly unarmed people, being shot to death. Or suffocated. Hence the kneeling with hands raised, some of them have gone that way.
Those who have been hugely affected by these killings have had, these past few years, evidence to show what they long claimed was happening, which of course was ignored.
Putting a match to the tinderbox, the very low rate of action being taken against the officers concerned, at best, they were getting sacked, if they could get that past the Police Union, for criminal action add rigged Grand Juries.
But what about knifes?
From 2015, this shows one instance in the UK, two in the US, all involve police officers being threatened by a man with a knife.
The UK cops had pepper spray, the US ones, Tazers as well as their service firearms;https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9TFvh6Xps4
Proportionate use of force. Policing by consent, not as an occupying force.
It's being tried in some US PD's, with successful outcome in one often quoted place, formerly a dangerous crime hot spot, others look certain to follow, it can be done despite the undoubted extra risk US cops have with firearms used against them.