Wednesday, May 30, 2012
The Police Execution of Paul Boyd
I think this is the most disturbing video I've ever seen.
Paul Boyd, a mentally ill man in Vancouver crawls towards police after being shot seven times.
And is finished off with a shot to the head.
The August, 2007, death of Paul Boyd is under the spotlight again after video surfaced this week that appears to show him on his hands and knees before the fatal shot is fired.
Check out the slow-mo video and ask yourself how could this happen?
Then ask yourself what kind of report is this?
“Mr. Boyd approached the officers on the roadway in an aggressive manner. During the course of events, Constable [Lee] Chipperfield fired nine shots at Mr. Boyd over a span of 80 seconds, striking Mr. Boyd with eight of these shots,” the report said. The incident ended with a fatal shot to Mr. Boyd’s head. The 39-year-old illustrator was pronounced dead at the scene.
Is this JUSTICE?
B.C.'s Criminal Justice Branch twice decided against charging Constable Chipperfield, advising there was insufficient evidence he used excessive force. The officer remains on active duty with Vancouver police.
I know some mentally ill people can be capable of enormous strength, and can even become violent when psychotic and frightened. I've seen it with my own eyes. But since when are police officers allowed to execute a badly wounded man?
Tell me I'm still living in Canada eh?
Because I don't believe it...
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