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Protests erupt after Black man shot in back by Wisconsin police An emergency curfew has been extended for a second night in Kenosha, Wisconsin after protests broke out over the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black ...
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By Dave Lindorff

One of the most shocking things I learned talking with a Los Angeles Police Officer I became friends with while working as a reporter on my first job in L.A. was that LAPD cops were trained to "empty your revolver" whenever you fired at a person.

It's not like in Hollywood cop movies, where you see cops in gun fights with "bad guys" trading shots with each other. What it usually involves is an officer feeling threatened, justifiably or not, and unloading his magazine as he or she pumps bullets into the "target" of his fear (who might as easily be a young man fleeing in fear as someone confronting him with a pointed revolver).

The explanation I was given was that if the person you're shooting at is armed of "might be" armed, you don't want to just fire once, possibly not disabling your target, who can then fire back at you. So you just fire off everything you've got and odds are you've renderded your victim dead or incapable of responding.

Over and over, since that conversation, I've watched terrible videos of police shootings, and it's almost always the same: multiple shots fired in rapid sequence. Worse yet, there is the phenomenon of multiple police officers confronting an armed or potentially armed person often someone at quite a distance who may only have a small knife or a bat or some other not terribly lethal weapon and all the officers fire their guns. This, by the way, my LAPD source explained, was a defense technique among officers: If everyone shoots, it's not possible to assign blame for the police killing if it turns out fhe "perp" was unarmed and the shooting was unjustified.

And so it goes. Now it's Kenosha, Wisconsin, where the apparently unarmed 29-year-old black father Jacob Blake was gunned down with seven shots fired point blank into his back by one or two white officers among three trying. They were to apprehend him as he tried to climb into his car, where his three youngest boys, aged 3, 5 and 8 were sitting and waiting for their dad.

Incredibly, Blake is still alive following that murderous fuscillage, though doctors report it would "take a miracle" for him to ever walk again, since the cops' bullets reportedly severed his spine and shattered several of his spinal vertebra. (It is not clear whether one or two of the police officers fired at Blake. I'm guessing one, simply because "only" seven shots were fired.)

Let's play devil's advocate here for a moment and assume that Blake, who reportedly had just stopped and exited hsi car to break up a fight between two women and was going back to his vehicle, when the police for whatever bizarre reason decided to apprehend him. Say for argument that they thought he was going into his car to retrieve a gun that they might use to shoot him. Three big white cops, already armed, couldn't gain control of his arms and pull him out of the car to be searched and cuffed and questioned? Really? Just look at them following him, guns pointed at him as he's walking away from them before the shooting. If they were so afraid of him that they had their guns trained on him as they followed him, why didn't one or more of them just forget the guns and tackle the guy? What is the matter with these officers?

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