Really? Are you going to riot every time a criminal is killed?

Was St Louis cop AMBUSHED? Lawyer for officer who shot dead teen suggests he was lured to gas station near Michael Brown scene… as protesters clash with police into Christmas morning

The lawyer for the St. Louis-area cop who shot dead Antonio Martin has suggested his client may have been set up and ambushed by Antonio Martin, who police say pulled a loaded 9mm pistol on the officer without warning.

The Berkeley, Missouri, officer was responding to a 911 call about a possible theft from a Mobil gas station about 11.15pm on Tuesday.

Brian Millikan, the lawyer for the unnamed 34-year-old Berkeley officer, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the cop may have been walking into a deadly trap set by Martin and his friend.

‘Their behavior is certainly bizarre, and it wouldn’t surprise me at all, in the environment we are in, that’s for sure,’ Mr Millikan told the newspaper.

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  • ontario john

    Easy solution. Withdraw police services from those areas and see how they like that.o

  • Justin

    “…Really? Are you going to riot every time a criminal is killed?…”

    As far as I know, there is NO country in the world where petty criminals are supposed to be shot and chocked to death by the state police in the streets. Not even North Korea or Saudi Arabia deal their criminals that way without putting them through some kind of court procedure. No matter, who you are, police or otherwise, you don’t simply shoot unarmed people in the streets as if they were mad dogs and expect them not react in some way, shape or form.

    • David

      Police say that Martin pulled a loaded handgun on the officer without warning while the cop was talking to him and a friend in the parking lot of the Mobil on Tuesday night.

      • Justin

        I agree. This latest one (Martin) may be a different case but there are
        so many other cases where the victims who were not armed, were killed by the police anyway and with impunity.

        • jayme

          If you look at most cases they were armed in some way.

        • kkruger71

          Most of those cases come down to what someone defines as “excessive”. Personally I think if the officer is in danger of physical harm, such as a physical attack from a large assailant even without a weapon, than shooting is appropriate. Probably the only change I would make is the policy of the multiple shots if the subject is already down.
          And really, your argument is skipping the entire point(s) of the initial post. First, it was pointing to the fact that there were riots even in this case, where the guy drew a gun on the police. Second, that the reaction is riots, not just a reaction. Marches, demonstrations, political activism, etc. are all other options, but rioting and looting seem to be far too often the response.

          • Justin

            We have also have to understand that there are many rogue and BAD cops such as the big cop who last year in Barry Ontario practiced his MMA techniques on a smaller young man who was not resisting any arrest. There was also a cop L.A who shot at the back and killed a black youth who was already handcuffed and was lying on his chest.

          • WalterBannon

            NO what we have to understand is that there are a lot of “progressive” idiots like you around Justine.

          • Justin

            I said, it is wrong to shoot and kill
            unarmed petty criminals in the streets. This latest one was obviously armed but there are many other cases that the police are killing unarmed and mentally challenged people. Call me ‘progressive’ or whatever term you want but killing unarmed civilians IS WRONG. And you have to also understand all cops are not saints, there are really, really BAD cops out there and they need to be charged for murder when they kill other human beings.

          • kkruger71

            That is why I said most.
            I am more curious as to why would you think it necessary to post these things on an article that is about a clear cut case of a young thug pulling a gun on a cop?
            Again, you are completely ignoring the point of the post.

          • Justin

            I did acknowledge that the dead youth was armed and the police member had grounds to defend himself but I was trying to acknowledge that there are many, many other cases where cops are killing both unarmed petty criminals as well as mentally disturbed people and you and the most of the other people in these comments seem to be ignoring that fact.

    • jayme

      This guy was not unarmed.

    • mobuyus

      I guess according to you the States are worse than north Korea and Saudi Arabia.I’m pretty sure north korea does a lot worse maybe not in the street,just off the street in the gulag.And Saudi Arabia cuts the hands off of petty thieves.And you are allowed to shoot assholes that have it coming.

      • Justin

        At least the Saudis and Koreans allow them to go through some kind of court system, they rarely execute unarmed petty criminals in the streets. In Russia, the officers are told to use their common sense and try to safe even if the criminal is armed with knife and is some distance away and to shoot only in the lower body such as legs if they try to run to the officer. From my observations, here in North America there are two things that stand out to me in a negative way: First the cops here seem as if they are not allowed to use their common sense (provided they have any) but are instead loaded with so many impersonal guide lines, ‘rules of engagement’ and procedural techniques and thereby they act like robots, not like human beings. Secondly, in their training, they are commanded to shoot their victims in the Torso and keep shooting them until they stopped moving which is clearly a very cruel and very brutal procedural training which had to be changed. That is why we had, last summer, a 110 pound confused kid in an empty street car, with a three inch pocket knife, surrounded by 18 cops and he ended up getting shot nine times and is handcuffed as he lie dying in that empty street car. A single police officer with a riot shield could have subdued the kid.

        • mobuyus

          You have no idea of what you are talking about comrade Justin.You can quite easily kill with a three inch pocket knife.Is there a criminal you do not love?

          • Justin

            I am pretty SURE that a single police officer with a riot shield could have easily immobilized and subdued that kid with the small knife and I have seen cops trained for this and deal with much, much bigger and more dangerous encounters very safely without using guns. It all depends on the training, the mindset and the sense of street-smart that a cop might have. The danger of the police shooting and killing so many unarmed people with impunity is that, at the end people react with violence and with organized violence and then you have anarchy and I think that is where America is heading now.

    • WalterBannon

      You are truly ignorant then Justin.

  • If a white guy pulls a gun on a black cop, can the black cop shoot the white guy?

    Yes!

    Change the black and white to whatever color you want. It is still the same.

  • Raymond Hietapakka

    …lawyer should put his crack-pipe down, and give his imagination a rest…

    • jayme

      Maybe it did not happen but it would not shock me if it did the blacks are trying everything to try and make the police the bad guy.

  • David

    If you pull a gun out of your pants in front of a cop he will rightly assume that you are doing that with the intention of shooting him. You will then be shot in the torso, not the leg, not the arm but the torso. You will likely die.

  • DMB

    lol

    RT @WorldStarFunny: Black man beaten by white cop in broad daylight in New York. pic.twitter.com/cRUgIwvnof— City Girl (@ConservCityGirl) December 23, 2014

  • Martin Luffa

    nigs gonna nog

  • WalterBannon

    Really? Are you going to riot every time a criminal is killed?

    Exactly.

    I now no longer care that western society is committing suicide by muslim immigration.