Is it Legal for the Police to Shoot an Unarmed, Surrendered Citizen?
"Across the years in the United States, police officers have consistently
been found not guilty in the shooting deaths of countless unarmed,
In each of these horrific cases, the victims were unarmed and not
committing a crime, but police, with stories, far-fetched or otherwise,
were able to convince juries that they reasonably feared for their
safety. At the root of widespread anger in African-American communities
over these cases is the idea that if a white officer imagines a threat,
he is basically allowed to act on it, no matter how fictitious the
threat may truly be. In the shooting deaths of Amadou Diallo and Kendrec
McDade, officers successfully argued that they believed they saw Diallo
and McDade not only possess guns, but actually fire them—even though
both men were completely unarmed.
Considering the facts of Mike Brown's shooting death at the hands of
Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson on August 9, the
question is, then, is it legal for a police officer who is reasonably
aware that a citizen is unarmed, to shoot and kill that citizen if the
citizen is incapacitated or has peaceably surrendered?
In the end, the shooting death of Brown and the case against Wilson may go all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court"