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Old 2021-04-11, 13:17   #34
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From the "You'll have to read this to believe it, but you still won't believe it" department, is the following April 8, 2021 article in The Virginian-Pilot about a December 2020 traffic stop for DWB:

2 Windsor police officers threatened and assaulted a man during an illegal stop, lawsuit claims. And it's all on video.

The video is the cops' own body-cam video...

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Old 2021-04-15, 12:31   #35
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Old 2021-04-15, 15:34   #36
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In fairness to the police, the Skittles reference seems to be to Trayvon Martin, whose killer, George Zimmerman, was not a police officer. Zimmerman was charged with second-degree murder but acquitted of all charges at trial.

OTOH a quick Google search using

police gun cell phone

turned up multiple cases of unarmed people being shot by police who mistook their cell phones for guns.
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Old 2021-04-15, 16:09   #37
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... police who mistook their cell phones for guns.
Or, at least, so they claim.

That excuse doesn't work in places where guns are not freely available.

Rogue cop: "I thought his cell phone was a gun, your honour, so I shot him."
Judge: "Nonsense. Off to jail you go."
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Old 2021-04-15, 18:27   #38
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This is Not a Gun: the objects police mistook for weapons before shooting
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Old 2021-04-16, 01:21   #39
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I suspect that, in many cases, the reason for such mistakes is given in a youtube video, which I previously linked to in another context.

Here's one that reminds me of a scene in the 1987 movie Robocop where a prototype robocop didn't quite perform up to specs, to the detriment of a volunteer.

In the current AP story Video: Chicago boy wasn't holding gun when shot by officer, the shooting officer's bodycam video shows the 13-year-old victim, who had been armed, had dropped the gun and was raising his empty hands before being shot.
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Old 2021-04-17, 13:10   #41
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I have wondered, from time to time, whether police training manuals have an analogous chapter on "Contact with Black Motorists" or "Contact with Non-White Subjects."
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Old 2021-04-20, 20:03   #42
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The jury has reached a verdict in the Derek Chauvin case. The verdict is scheduled to be read in half an hour to an hour from now.

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Old 2021-04-20, 20:47   #43
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I'm not too familiar with jury verdict-reaching time. Would it be considered short? long?

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Short for something serious like this. Most likely there was strong agreement in one direction. Not the need to run through things again and multiple votes.
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