The video shows that after officers convinced Boyd to come down from his position on the mountain and Boyd began to do so, they released a flash bang grenade and an attack dog. That caused Boyd to panic and draw a knife to hold off the dog. They then ordered him to get down on the ground and when Boyd obeyed, Sandy and his partner Dominique Perez fired about at least a half dozen shots from their assault rifles. As Boyd lay face down on the ground and able to barely move one leg, 3 more bean bag shots were fired until Boyd is motionless. An officer then released the attack dog fearing that the helpless Boyd could somehow still use his knife. The dog mauled Boyd's leg but by that time Boyd appeared to already be dead. Police Chief Gordon Eden stated that the shooting was "justified" because Boyd was threatening a police officer when killed. The video indicates that Eden lied.
The national news media has served mainly to distort the issue by focusing on the Ferguson shooting of Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson even though there is evidence that Brown's aggressive actions against the officer may have led to his own death. While emphasizing that shooting, the media rarely mentions the previous murders in nearby Berkeley where 3 undercover law enforcement agents fired 21 bullets into a car at a fast food restaurant, killing its unarmed occupants, Earl Murray and Ronald Beasley. No drugs were found and the murders left eight children to be raised by their widows.
The grand juries in that case and the Ferguson case were manipulated by the same prosecutor, Bob McCulloch, as explained in my previous OpEd article . But most news media outlets avoid discussing how grand juries can be manipulated and how the U.S. Constitution is consistently being violated in these cases. Instead, the play the race card to keep Americans divided against each other. Although the black community has certainly been victimized the most, it is not really about race. It is about enforcing the U.S. Constitution for all. In the five examples above, Hooks and Woods, the two who are rarely mentioned by the national news media, were white.
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