Police shootings seem to always be occurring, yet the consequences are usually only one sided. Most of the time the police officers get the benefit of the doubt.
According to the Los Angeles Times, police officers in Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Imperial counties have shot more than 2,000 suspects since 2004. Out of the thousands of shootings, only one officer was prosecuted, but eventually was aquitted as stated by the Los Angeles times.
This does not necessarily mean that all officer shootings are unjust, but the ones that are seem to overpower and reoccur. In some cases, footage is captured of the entire scene which may seem like perfect evidence, but prosecutors do not file charges because of the difficulty of proving an officer did not feel their life was in danger.
When a person’s like is in danger it is ideal for the individual to become defensive, but as an armed officer, a key acknowledgement should be to ensure if the suspect is armed or not before taking action.
L.A. county district attorney Steve Cooley stated in the Los Angeles Times that the law provides coverage for officers that find themselves in these situations.
Prosecutors have lost credibility with the minority groups because they feel that prosecutors have relationships with the police officers due to the fact that some choose not to file charges.
What it all comes down to is the people are seeing most situations as the people vs officers.