But watching this video, knowing what happened afterwards, what explanation is there for this office not SHOOTING this guy after the taser failed?
At 5:39, it's clear the taser has failed. Instead of drawing his handgun & shooting, the officer goes for his radio.
It's still playing for me.
Cops shoot unarmed people who have no guns or knives who threaten to drive into them with a vehicle all the time, and they are 100% right to do so.
If you don't understand a VEHICLE itself is a deadly weapon, I can't help you.
He's just stabbed his father & stolen a truck from him, which he crashed.
So this officer knows this guy is 1) armed 2) violent 3) a carjacker
Cops do that all the time. A lot of people, looking down the barrel of a handgun, will give up.
He can also shoot out the tires.
He had time to do something. Pull his gun, threaten him, dive headfirst in there, fight this guy tooth & claw for control of the car...
Instead he backs away and gives up.
1/2 of dealing with a stressful situation is preparing yourself mentally to just not GIVE UP.
"Well shit, fine. If it means THAT much to you, great, you can have it!"
"Lloyd Walters said he was trying to take his son, Raymond Walters Jr., for mental health treatment, but his son stabbed him and took off in his truck, police said."
If you let him go, you're not only surrendering the vehicle, you're surrendering the weapons.
Let me replay what ran through my mind watching it for the first time, from 5:27 to 5:45, which is when the vehicle finally starts to move.
Dive in there, fight him for the car....ok you're deciding to keep your distance...all right. Draw your gun then, show him you're going to shoot him...
Why are you backing off? You're going to the radio?!"
OMG he's off down the street now and you're left standing there with your taser in your hand. Wow...."
Draw baton, jab him in the face? Draw your mace, blind him?
What were the options? Did it HAVE to play out this way?
There would've been an investigation, like there always is, but most DA's would have found this to be a justified use of lethal force, had it happened.