Seattle Cops Cleared in Shootout with Suspect Who Shot Two Officers

The amount of evidence that must support an officer even in what appear to be obvious self-defense shootings is increasing exponentially. In Seattle, according to The Seattle Times, an inquest jury’s recent decision went well for officers, but many don’t.

There’s Minnesota cop Kim Potter’s conviction for an obvious mistake in shooting Daunte Wright. Also, as recently reported by MLive, a former Grand Rapids Officer of the Year is being “criminally” charged after he tripped and “unintentionally fired his weapon…” [emphasis ours]. Also, cops who obviously made no mistakes are being unduly scrutinized.

King County announced an inquest jury unanimously found Seattle police officers acted lawfully when they shot armed robbery suspect Damarius Butts on April 20, 2017.

When assessing this shooting, how anyone could wonder if the cops were justified? This virtual tribunal stems from leftist “police reform” laws that are supposed to make policing “better.”

The jury’s evidence showed Butts, an armed robbery suspect, ran from officers into “the downtown Federal Office Building… armed with a .38 caliber handgun.”

During the first exchange of gunfire, a round struck Officer Elizabeth Kennedy in the chest. Her body armor saved her. Kennedy and Officer Chris Myers returned fire and Butts went down.

During a second gunfire exchange, a round struck Officer Hudson Kang in the face. Fortunately, after several months of recuperation, he returned to duty. Two other officers also fired at Butts. He was struck 11 times. Evidence showed Butts fired four shots, two of which struck officers.

Some police actions may deserve extra scrutiny. But is policing enhanced when officers are charged and even convicted after making honest mistakes or, in this case, undergo a tribunal after acting properly? Policing is diminished when officers must undergo superfluous scrutiny especially after performing so courageously under fire?

This was not the norm. The Times reported, “Under the new system, the jury’s ability to consider whether police may have broken the law or violated policy was great [sic] expanded and ensured legal representation for the families.”

King County (Seattle) is Washington’s only county with this increased, unnecessary scrutiny, which betrays its political nature.

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