For instance, when Michael Dunn, after shooting and killing teenager Jordan Davis, went back to his hotel room, ordered himself a pizza, fixed a Coke and rum, and went to bed, it gives us a glimpse into the peculiar mindset of the killer--who has since been convicted for his crime.
Scott Peterson, immediately after killing his pregnant wife, Laci, "went fishing," came back home, took a shower, washed his clothes, and, coincidentally, also ate some pizza. On its face, his behavior was out of the ordinary and we later learned that his "fishing trip" was to dump Laci's body, which later washed ashore in the San Francisco Bay.
In real life, or any every television crime drama told for the past 30 years, what a killer does in the immediate aftermath of the killing is extremely telling. It reveals either concern or callousness, sincere compassion or selfishness, humanity or depravity.
As new and extremely troubling details emerge concerning the moments immediately after the shooting deaths of Akai Gurley, Tamir Rice, and Eric Garner at the hands of local police, it would only be fair to wonder aloud what we can learn from the actions, or lack thereof, of the officers who killed these unarmed men.
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How Akai Gurley Died
Taking the stairs from the seventh floor all the way to the ground floor of their Brooklyn apartment, Akai and his girlfriend, Melissa Butler, on November 20 were having a normal evening not unlike any other. The lights were a problem in the stairwell, but they knew their way around.
Unbeknownst to Akai and Melissa, two NYPD officers, Peter Liang and Shaun Landau, were one floor above them. When Peter Liang entered the stairwell with his flashlight out and gun drawn, he fired his weapon and the bullet struck Akai Gurley center mass in his chest. Akai tragically tumbled down two more flights of stairs.
The Tragic Aftermath in the Shooting Death of Akai Gurley
Shocked beyond belief, Melissa Butler went one floor lower to the fourth floor and frantically knocked on the door of a neighbor. The neighbor immediately called 911.
Reported in an exclusive by New York Daily News reporters Rocco Parascandola and Oren Yaniv, Officers Liang and Landau, in the last crucial minutes of Akai's life, were not busy using their training to save or stabilize him, but instead began immediately texting their union reps to inform them of the shooting. According to the Daily News:
While Akai Gurley was dying in a darkened stairwell at a Brooklyn housing development, the cop who fired the fatal bullet was texting his union representative, sources told the Daily News. Right after rookie cop Peter Liang discharged a single bullet that struck Gurley, 28, he and his partner Shaun Landau were incommunicado for more than six and a half minutes, sources said Thursday.
In the critical moments after the Nov. 20 shooting, the cops' commanding officer and an emergency operator -- responding to a 911 call from a neighbor and knowing the duo was in the area -- tried to reach them in vain, sources said.