What We Lose When Police Blame Victims For Their Own Deaths | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

What We Lose When Police Blame Victims For Their Own Deaths

In cases in which charges are not brought against an officer in a police killing, authorities have successfully shifted some blame onto the victim in order to support the assertion that an officer acted legally in using lethal force. The implication is that it isn't the officers' job to stop themselves from killing people -- rather, it is the people's job to not get themselves killed by the officers.

The cases below have all failed to produce criminal charges for the officers involved. But they leave us with a variety of questions that can't be answered simply by having a prosecutor decide that it was the victim -- and definitely not the officer -- who was somehow at fault. Even if we accept the finding that the victims were killed legally, it doesn't answer a more pressing question: Did these people really have to die?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

American law enforcement needs to learn to de-escalate potentially dangerous situations, so that someone who is not in their right mind can be carefully, and humanely, subdued, and get the help they need.

If the training changes, I would almost be willing to bet that the body count from fatal shootings will be substantially be reduced.

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