Here is our analysis of what is an excellent video, for which we thank the San Leandro Police Department.
The officer, failing to wait for backup, choose to “cowboy” the event. This is a piss poor cop but he is miles above police in the other shootings we have seen in recent years. The charges here are possibly a bit heavy depending on California’s sentencing on Murder 3.
It is clear and should be to anyone seeing this that Taylor suffered from a psychiatric disorder.
I also note that the police, after the shooting, made no attempt to render aid but rather chatted up for their audience, essentially faking procedures while Taylor lay dying.
Nowhere do we really hear them calling emergency services, certainly we don’t hear them talking to dispatch about the dying man they shot for prettymuch no reason whatsoever.
Could any normal adult have taken the bat away with little risk? Of course they could.
Some adult needed to step in because police, at least this one cop, OK both of them, don’t seem to be adults at all. Police culture renders police officers, it seems, incompetent and then gives them guns.
Police may well be considered a danger to the community.
Officer Jason Fletcher of @SanLeandroPD is charged w/voluntary manslaughter for fatally shooting Steven Taylor inside @Walmart without de-escalating the situation, says @AlamedaCountyDA. Top cop @jtudorslpd and officer's attorney react pic.twitter.com/VOHRrlzWwf— Henry K. Lee (@henrykleeKTVU) September 3, 2020