Sometimes it is the thug that pulls out the gun and sometimes it is the police who shoot somebody they shouldn't.
Oscar Grant is one example.
Here is another:
If the police had kept cooler heads when apprehending Mixon, half of them wouldn't be dead.
This is going to be long for a comment, so I will make a new post out of it.
You are a patent lawyer. How do you rate telling us what is and is not "justice"?
You are from New York based upon your blogger profile. How do you deem yourself knowledgeable on either a shooting in Oakland or a shooting in Chino, neither of which you were anywhere near?
You are the Berkeley Bleeding-Heart Liberal type who are the problem rather than the solution. If people such as yourself would do as they are told when confronted by the police, many of these situations would never happen.
We do not tell people to do things because we like it, or because of some imagined power trip. We do so for our safety and yours. If I tell you to stop and put your hands up, I damned well expect you to do it. I don't expect you to ask why, and I will not likely explain it to you immediately if you do ask. Everything will be explained to you later. Right now I have business to attend to. Namely, you, who fits the description of a violent criminal, coming toward me in the dark, with some unidentified item in your hand, refusing to drop it and put your hands up when I tell you to.
That, sir, is a prime way to get shot. Not because I am a loose cannon. Not because I am a "cowboy". Not because I am corrupt or any such bullshit. Because I am trained to preserve lives, even if it costs yours to save mine or others.
When people run around spouting bullshit such as "Justice is not being done in the Oscar Grant case" when they really know nothing more about it than they have heard in the classically anti-police media, it really makes my blood boil.
Then for you to insinuate that it is perfectly okay for some ignorant asshole to place a flier on my windshield proclaiming the shooting of four police officers was somehow justified just shows us all why you are not a real lawyer. If you were you would certainly be a public defender, simply based upon your attitude.
Tell you what. Why don't you order yourself up a copy of the BART incident report and do something you obviously haven't done thus far. READ IT! That will tell you all you need to know.
As for justice, what is unjust is charging a police officer with MURDER for a shooting that for all intents and purposes appears accidental. I, of course, was not there and base my opinions solely on the same video you saw.
When the jury cannot find the officer guilty because the elements have not been proven, then Oakland will really burn.
Think Los Angeles, 1992.
Will that suit your skewed definition of justice?