The "Former LAPD Officer's Manifesto & Shooting" thread contains the excellent example of the cops unloading on an innocent bystander after misidentification:
Female Paper Carrier, 71, Shot During Manhunt (Video)
02/08/13 - by Chris Burrous, KTLA 5 Anchor-Reporter
http://ktla.com/2013/02/08/women-delive ... or-ex-cop/
Police seeking Dorner opened fire in a second case of mistaken identity
Torrance police say the man was driving a pickup resembling the fugitive's. The incident happened just after the LAPD fired on women delivering newspapers nearby.
February 09, 2013|By Robert Faturechi and Matt Stevens, Los Angeles Times
http://articles.latimes.com/2013/feb/09 ... g-20130210
... and there are cases within the Taser thread of cops losing there shit and tazing folks in ridiculous circumstances which endanger more than protect.
Some of these cases may be RAGING / Rampaging scenarios but a lot of them seem like just the scaredipants cops over-reacting to situations where in the past, well-trained and "normal" police would have reacted entirely differently.
The case that leads me to post this may not be either of these but ... we'll see. It involves a possible over-reaction by a campus cop in San Antonio over a probable drunk-driving student. Maybe the 23 year old was drunk and did something really stupid but the ear-witness report of 5 or 6 quick shots seems to imply an excessive response.
Texas college student shot dead by campus police officer
Robert Cameron Redus, 23, died early Friday morning after a struggle with a cop during a traffic stop near the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio.
ByVictoria Taylor/ NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Saturday, December 7, 2013, 2:15 PM
Cameron Redus via Facebook
Robert Cameron Redus, shown here in Costa Rica in 2011, died early Friday morning after an altercation of some kind at a traffic stop with a campus police officer.
A Texas college student was fatally shot following an incident with a University of the Incarnate Word police officer a few blocks from campus, the Alamo Heights Police Department said.
Robert Cameron Redus, 23, was pulled over for allegedly speeding and driving erratically early Friday, KTRK reported.
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Cameron Redus via Facebook
Cameron, as he was called, was described by friends as 'the sweetest, kindest, gentlest person.'
During the traffic stop near the universityâ€™s San Antonio campus, Redus and the officer, who has been identified as Cpl. Chris Carter, got into some kind of altercation, Alamo Heights police Lt. Cindy Pruitt said.
The officer radioed for help, and multiple shots were fired. Redus was pronounced dead on the scene.
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Redus graduated from Baytown Christian Academy in Baytown, Texas.
Redus, who graduated as co-valedictorian from Baytown Christian Academy, would have graduated from UIW in May.
"We are understandably devastated by the death of our dear son Cameron and we ask for your prayers as we deal with our tragic loss," his family said in a statement, according to MySanAntonio.com. "We trust that God is faithful and will see us through this most difficult time."
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The incident and university copâ€™s actions are under investigation.
A student vigil is scheduled for Saturday night at the Grotto on campus as the shocked communities continue to process Redus' sudden death.
"He's not an aggressive person at all, so the story just doesn't really make sense to any of us," Sarah Davis, one of Redus' friends, told KTRK.
An investigation is ongoing, and Carter has reportedly been put on paid administrative leave.
With New Wire Services
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/c ... -1.1540813