I have to agree with Jefferson. AK’s use a 7.62 round – basically the equivalent of a 30-06 deer rifle round. Much larger, more powerful, and with more velocity than the 5.56 round used in M-16s/M4s/AR’s. The 7.62 round can penetrate a concrete wall about 6″ thick and still easily kill the person on the other side of it. At the point blank range in the video, if that bullet hit home ANYWHERE on that policeman’s body, you would have seen a large amount of body material/fluids sprayed across the concrete. Heck, even many seconds after the shooting, there is isn’t even a small trail of blood. No way that happens if that round hits a human at that distance.
 December 16, 2014 at 9:02pm
Typical lefty response: Let’s get the Government in here to clean it up! We obviously can’t do anything for ourselves like: Having two parent households with positive mother and father role models, taking an interest in our kids’ lives, cleaning up our own neighborhoods, working with the police rather than against them, or gosh forbid, instilling a sense of honor and integrity in the youth of these neighborhoods. Nope, can’t do that. Government! Help!
 December 16, 2014 at 8:56pm
XEfitnop, First off, thank you for your service both in the Marine Corps, and in the LE community. Having been an Air Force cop (okay, don’t laugh, the Marine MPs trained at Lackland AFB, too!) I see both sides of the story. Do I want each and every LEO to go home safely to their family each night? Yes, absolutely. I don’t have to even think twice about it. But I also want each and every citizen who is exercising their constitutional rights to do the same. We have all seen too many videos lately of misinformed and/or under educated, or downright dishonest and corrupt, LEOs who have no business whatsoever riding around in an MRAP. If they will taze 78 year old men for not having an inspection sticker (when one wasn’t even required), when they use the chokehold (outlawed by their own policy) and kill someone by performing the duty of a tax collector, or when they illegally confiscate someone’s smartphone in an attempt to erase a damaging video (tampering with evidence) then imagine what lengths these people will go to when they have the warm fuzzy feeling of being surrounded by 8 tons of armor plating? No thank you. I saw enough of what armored vehicles can do to “law abiding citizens” during the Arab Spring.
 November 7, 2014 at 1:49pm
This is ridiculous. I am an atheist, and if Ruth wants her God to bless me than I shall thank her for it and feel fortunate. When did a simple gesture of kindness and goodwill become such a threat or so offensive? Honestly, sometimes I think a lot of atheists do believe and are just too proud to admit it. If you truly don’t believe, then why get upset about someone asking what you believe to be a fictitious character to place some otherworldly charm on you? If you truly don’t believe then why is what she said any different than “Thanks for coming in and have a wonderful rest of your day?” Sorry, this is one atheist who stands with the church, Ruth, and the majority of Americans on this issue.
Thanks for your post! How refreshing for a change! Just like the lesbians on Glenn's 5:00 Thurs. show, showing support for the people that don't believe in same sex marriage nor support the LGBT lifestyle being forced to cater to them, what REALLY matters is that we're ALL part of the HUMAN race and are just trying to get by. It's sad, how divided this "president" has made this country. The "Fundamental Transformation" is nearly complete - and it's UGLY. We would be so much better off without politicians polluting the country and dividing us when so many don't even realize how much damage they (the politicians they trust) are doing.
I am a Christian. God bless you, USAF_SP. And THANK YOU for your Service to our great nation :) I hope life is good to you and that you get the benefits and respect you deserve, no matter what you believe.
 October 30, 2014 at 9:04pm
This story really makes me mad. I’m an atheist, but that is my choice. Millions of other Americans practice their religion as they see fit. That is (or apparently at least WAS) what was so beautiful about what was created here by our founding fathers. I have no issues with anyone speaking their mind in their places of worship. What I do have issues with is some weird hybrid watchdog/government agency selectively enforcing the law. We have all of R. Wrights sermons recorded. I’ve heard several of them on Beck, Hannity, and Rush, and all of them were explicitly political. #enddoublestandards
Separation of Church and State. If the church wants to stick their fingers into the State, then pay taxes.
 October 30, 2014 at 8:47pm
As a fellow veteran and an atheist, I totally support this great Marine and father. Actually, I’m fine if the parents in that district decided to teach and promote Christianity in their schools. The point is, it should be decided by the parents in that community, by a majority. That’s how our country was founded…majority rule. I recognize that as an atheist, I’m in the minority in most communities and accept that. I’m not bothered by anyone practicing their Christian or Jewish faith. Heck, on most issues, I would much rather stand with the church than with other athiests. In my lifetime the only thing I’ve seen Christianity promote is Charity, Humility, and Humanity. The only thing I’ve ever seen Islam promote is Caliphate, intolerance and death to infadels.
 October 29, 2014 at 8:17pm
If someone states directly that they are planning to take out the President, that’s one thing and I would absolutely expect the Secret Service to investigate. This is not a direct or indirect threat. This is free speech. Unless of course, some secret government agency really HAS a zombie disease in which case the resurrection of Lee Harvey Oswald is possible….
 October 24, 2014 at 8:41pm
I can’t agree with you more Flyboy. By the time I was 12 my closet had a locked gun rack for which I held a key. It contained a few rifles, two shotguns, and a small caliber pistol. Somehow, I made it through all the trials and tribulations of being a short, skinny nerdy kid in HS without once thinking it would be a good idea to extract revenge via a firearm.
 September 24, 2014 at 9:06pm
In my military police training I was always taught it takes 3 things to justify the use of deadly force: Opportunity, Intent, and Capability. In a split-second, anyone can argue that they didn’t have time to discern a toy gun from a real gun. Okay, so that requirement is met. Let’s look at Opportunity. Yep, he was in the store walking around with a “weapon.” Okay, so that requirement was met. Lastly Intent. Did the subject display physical signs or make any statements that could be considered threatening to anyone? Not from what I saw. Swinging a weapon back and forth slightly with the muzzle pointed to the ground is hardly an aggressive stance. Simply not heeding orders to drop the weapon doesn’t count either as a good attorney could argue the victim was hard of hearing or even that the victim didn’t realize the cops were addressing him since in his mind he was only carrying around a toy.
I’ll grant you, that last one is a bit of a stretch, but in any case, the requirement of Intent was never sufficiently shown for me to decide to take someone’s life. As others have said, there are other ways they could have handled it; not the least of which would be to hang back and observe for 20 seconds while ensuring the immediate area was clear of innocents.
You really are equating war tactics on the battlefield to a shopping experience at Walmart? Geeze, dude, you need some serious readjustment. Better call 1-800-342-9647.
USAF, I normally agree with most posters here but this story has me wondering when I entered the twilight zone.
THANK YOU FOR BEING SANE! I have read this story thoroughly and watched not only this video but a better one here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9FtNOV6Qhk#t=92
This clearly shows the guy did NOTHING wrong. It also shows the cops basically executed him without any warning.
This was an innocent man that was murdered, and the cop should be charged.
This could happen to any of us, or one of our children!!!
Police officers these days are armed to the level of the military. If they are going to be armed like the military, they should be trained to that same standard.
It reminds me of the convenience store attempted robbery a while back. The would be robber tried to point a gun at the clerk. The clerk controlled the barrel and pointed his much bigger gun at the robber. He said he never shot the robber because he was never in danger because the barrel was never pointed directly at him.
Our police need that level of training to realize the presence of a gun is not a life threatening situation. Only if the gun is being pointed at someone, is there a life threatening situation.
 September 18, 2014 at 9:29pm
Really? Whatever happened to freedom of religion? Are you now advocating that your religion is somehow more right or righteous than someone else’s religion? If so, where does it end? Not all Christians believe the same things. Should the Catholics be able to stop the Baptists from disseminating their thoughts, beliefs, or pamphlets? What about 7th Day Adventists? Or Latter Day Saints? Who decides who is the “correct” denomination? You? The government?
 September 1, 2014 at 2:25pm
Let me start out by saying that I am a veteran of the first Gulf War, and will proudly stand up and defend this nation, our ideals, and our troops if and when I see a need to. One of those ideals is FREEDOM. If you, I, or anyone else decides to sit during the Pledge of Allegiance, it well within your rights to do so; paid for by the lives, blood, sweat, and tears of those who have served in the past. Considering how this Mayor and Council acted, I would NOT stand up and pledge allegiance to ANYTHING they were a part of. Are we at a point now where “allegiance is mandatory?” What about “To the republic for which it stands?” What does our republic stand for these days? Allowing illegals and our enemies to flood across the border? Letting one of our Marines sit in a Mexican jail? Allowing 3 Americans to sit in a N. Korea Jail? Running guns to Cartels? Using the IRS as a strong arm against political rivals? Running guns in the middle east and then allowing an ambassador and Navy Seals to be killed to silence it? Forcing the citizens to purchase a product? These are not what my vision of America stands on. I only hope that Ted Cruz and company can clean up this mess or it will be a long time (if ever) I will STAND to support THIS CURRENT country.
 August 20, 2014 at 8:03pm
I just love how the person filming kept saying “he could have tazed him.” I am absolutely not a police sympathizer, I will honor the good ones and call out the bad ones. In this case, the shooting is justified. The guy had a knife and was approaching the officer on the left and ignoring their instructions. Opportunity + Intent + Capability = authorization for deadly force. I’m also quite tired of arm chair police officers stating they should have used all these non-lethal forms to subdue someone like this. Are you willing to bet your life on a one shot and have to reload if you miss tazer? Now, maybe if they had a K-9, things might have been different. But these guys were justified. Sadly, it’s a pretty clear case of suicide by cop. Really bad timing, though.
I watched a different vid then...
Like yourself, USAF SP and LE (SAC) discharged from DMAFB.
Since out of DMAFB, joined TPD as uniformed patrol.
Did I watch the same vid as yourself?
No justification here. I don't quite believe that you are not a sympathizer because if you can't see "overkill" here (3 shots fire while the guy is on the ground) then you will never hold the cops accountable.
 August 20, 2014 at 7:44pm
For those saying “send in the National Guard” be careful for what you ask for. Are we to the point that we’ve all been warned about where we as citizens demand our government come to our rescue, and they oblige; that having been the plan all along? I will not pretend I have the answer, but I’m quite certain that the government isn’t it.
Why do you think the police, mainstream media, and the DOJ have held the truth back. This is a mini test for martial law. Just watch the interviews, the spokesmen refuse to answer any real questions.
 June 19, 2014 at 9:48pm
Can a Muslim, any Muslim, please answer this question? Why if Allah is Omnipotent and Omniscient does he need man-based hit squads? Now, I admit, I am an Atheist. But it seems to me that if it is Allah’s will, Allah wouldn’t really need to leave it up to some non-bathed ideologues to deal with the infidels. If He can create the heavens and earth, and all living things, if he can destroy a whole universe on a whim, why would he need help hunting down and taking out Fareed and Achmed the Allowites. Just sayin.
I think "omnipotent" is a human word that might actually overstate God's ability. The universe follows rules (physics, etc) so God does not have to tend to each electron. He works in mysterious ways (those who perceive such) but could he even destroy the entire universe? Personally I doubt it. I don't see omnipotence mentioned as an absolute except by people who are convinced. But I don't find it in the Bible.
 May 20, 2014 at 9:11pm
This is why I’m sick of people saying “sue the police department for a fortune….The ONLY people who lose is the taxpayers as they end up footing the bill for part of the settlement and higher insurance premiums for the police department. No, it’s time to take overzealous policing to a new place- to that of criminal law. It is unlawful for a police officer to violate the 4th amendment. It is unlawful to do a lot of the actions that we’ve read about lately on the Blaze; from shooting dogs in peoples own gated back yards, to arresting people for filming public servants. We need elected officials and DA’s who are statesmen and stateswomen to file criminal charges against these officers. Maybe when a few start serving jail time the rest might get the picture that the police are NOT above the law. If anything, they should be held to a higher standard, as they are supposed to be familiar with the laws in the states, counties, and towns in which they serve.
April 18, 2014 at 10:00pm
Not much different than at Sears. If a price ends in .88 then it’s an item on the way out of their lineup. Particularly useful when you’re about to purchase a large item, you can tell if you’re getting a good deal on model soon to be outdated, or if you should wait for the new model which is coming out soon.
April 9, 2014 at 11:47pm
You would venture wrong. The Air Force has it’s own security and law enforcement personnel. They don’t take chances when priority resources are at stake.
March 28, 2014 at 10:39am
@warmonger….bssed on your comment I will ask the same question I would ask extremist muslims: if God is omniscient and omnipotent, why does he need people to do his dirty work. Couldn’t he easily just wish it and it would be done? Killing in the name of God = poor excuse for inexcusable behavior.
March 25, 2014 at 5:57pm
@SPQR1, spoken like a true follower of Caesar. Or at least a true follower of “Rules for Radicals” where you just discredit anyone who challenges you.
SP- SQUIRTER1 is a known regime sycophant, so well put....
Yeah because no one here EVER discredits challengers to their crazy ramblings.
Let's try this again. Beck's doom and gloom predictions have NEVER been correct. These are facts. End of discussion.......
March 24, 2014 at 2:34pm
@tired…I have walked the beat and these thugs were wrong, and they used excessive force, in this case lethally, and should be tried as murderers. They teach, or at least they did back in my day, that in order to justify deadly force three things must be present: opportunity, intent, and capability. At various points in the video, I can clearly see 2 of the three, and they even change. But at no point does he display all three. He’s turning AWAY when the shots were fired, meaning no intent. You cannot use deadly force as simply the last item in a checklist of increasing measures just because your other methods failed. If non lethals of one type fail, try another. Pepper spray, stun guns, all sorts of stuff could have been deployed and deployed again until subdued.