Oklahoma City. 24 June 2016, afternoon. A crazy dude on the run from the cops tries to bribe a bus driver to take him direct to his destination. The driver refuses.
“This is not a cab, it’s a bus. I gotta stay on the route.”
The nut gets more and more agitated, and the driver finally stops the bus and orders him off. He refuses, and the driver (following policy) orders the other passengers off for their own safety, while calling dispatch for police support.
Two cops appear outside the bus.
“That’s the guy,” the driver says. Seconds later, the man is dead of multiple gunshot wounds. How did he get that way? Pervasive video makes it clear. (It’s primarily his own fault).
Video 1: Bus point of view.
Video 2: All eight of the bus’s cameras, synched. You’ll probably need to watch this one full screen.
LiveLeak (whence we snagged the videos) says:
Oklahoma City Police shot and killed the man on an EMBARK bus, after they say he tried attacking an officer, For the first time, we’re now able to see surveillance video taken on that EMBARK bus, that picked up the suspect.
We see if from eight different angles.The incident happened in the afternoon, on Friday, June 24th. Miguel Chavez-Angles, gets on the bus, on the run from police, after being released from a mental health evaluation, vandalizing a vehicle, and kidnapping two women.
Here’s how we see it:
The part prior to about 2:45 sets the scene and fills in the back story of this nut on a bus. A couple seconds after that, fools rush in. The porky female cop started out in a panic, leading with her pistol as she charged onto the bus, right where the suspect was. He latched onto her gun arm and she fires an unaimed shot wildly and begins shrieking with terror, and then, appears to fall down. Except for provoking the shooting with her lack of self control, rash action, and inability to control her fear, she was not a factor in the fight. She was, apart from those exceptions, functionally a sandbag — deadweight — at best.
It’s hard to make out what she was screaming, but it seems to have included “shots fired,” and something like “he’s got a gun,” which suggests she was so out of it she didn’t even realize she’d fired one reckless shot in the direction of random passersby.
Enter the male cop, who knocks the suspect down and shoots him dead, urging his ineffectual partner to hustle off the bus when she recovers enough composure to stand and flee.
He shoots the suspect quite a few times, but then, anything worth shooting is worth shooting again, and he can be excused for thinking the suspect was armed. Indeed, had his worse-than-useless partner been any worse than she was, the suspect would have been armed. That he didn’t get her gun was simply dumb luck and his ineptitude; it sure wasn’t her weapons-retention skills.
This is what the public voted for when they voted for the bipartisan boondoggle that was deinstitutionalization of the mentally ill. Treatment at 1,200 feet per second.
One doubts that whatever academy OKC’s cops attend includes a block of instruction on clearing the linear target (in this case, bus) by leading with the pistol at max one-arm extension into the space and the face of the adverse party. (If it’s like most academies, it doesn’t include anything on the linear target at all).
That officer needs to be fired for choking on the job. Instead, ever PC, the white shirts probably gave her a decoration. We’re not dinosaurs who believe women can’t be cops; we’ve seen good ones. But we are dinosaurs who believe cowards can’t be cops, no matter what chromosome set they’re packin’.