The central fact concerning the death of Keith Vidal, 18, does not seem to be in dispute: after the schizophrenic youngster was tased and restrained by two officers, a third stepped up, said “we don’t have time for this”, fired into the scrum, then tried to do so again before being restrained. Vidal, who celebrated his birthday last month, was killed by the gunshot.
What should happen is that the cop who pulled the trigger should be tried and convicted of cold-blooded first degree murder with special circumstances (premeditation, under color of law) and then executed. The other two cops on the scene should be tried and convicted of accessories to first degree murder, and jailed for the rest of their lives with no possibility of parole.
All involved should lose their pensions and other benefits, both for themselves and their families, and they (and their estates) should be sued into oblivion. Their families should be reduced to living in cardboard boxes on the sidewalk and eating dog food and twigs for sustenance.
And the whole story of their awful deed and its consequences should be given the maximum amount of publicity possible.
Only until the minions of the police state pay a crushing personal price for their crimes aganst the citizenry they are supposed to be protecting will we see these sorts of atrocities come to an end. Because we as a society don’t – shouldn’t – have any time for these sorts of horrific acts. Let alone tolerance of them.