Turns out that Billy Shane Harrison, the officer who killed Ayers, didn't (and doesn't) actually have police powers. He let his firearm training lapse. Oops (and from TV news).
Maybe if this drug officer had had proper training, oh, I don't know, he could have figured a better tactical way of stopping an innocent man for questioning without causing a situation where a good man gets killed while trying to get away from armed men he didn't know were police!
Now we don't need to get into another debate about the shooting. But all you fools (I mean folks) who think this killing was somehow justified, ask yourself this: Can you imagine any police-involved shooting that isn't justified? (short of cold-blood premeditated murder--which this was not.)
It's one thing to say, "Cops sometimes make mistakes. And sometimes a whole bunch of dumb-ass mistakes. And sometimes they comes together and, well, sorry. But mistakes aren't crimes and we always need to give police the benefit of the doubt." OK, fair enough. But if you go beyond that and think that all police-involved shootings are justified, then why even have this discussion?
[I can think of only one shooting that was as bad as this one. After doing nothing wrong and following the orders of one FBI agent, poor Joseph Schultz gets shot in the face by the agent's partner (a scared agent who probably never walked a beat, cleared a corner, or made a car stop in his life). And he got away with it, too! Turns out only the taxpayer got punished for their professional ineptitude.]
[Thanks to Peter Guither's excellent drugwarrant.com.]