Re: “Prosecutor clears officers in fatal shooting of trucker,” NI, Oct. 22.
As a longtime former prosecuting attorney, defense attorney and judge, there must be something more in those 700-plus pages of investigative reports.
Was the driver a threat? Absolutely. Did he deserve to face a Clint Eastwood-esque gauntlet on Grand Avenue? Not from what I see so far.
In my mind, the police always get the benefit of the doubt, until there’s information to the contrary. Here, there seems to be a truckload of contrary. I cannot believe that over the period of time in which this played out, that law enforcement could not figure out a non-lethal way to disable that truck. Then one waits the driver out, or negotiates him down. There aren’t any, from what I see, split-second, life-or-death decisions that had to be made.
I can imagine the driver was the most terrified guy on the scene. Too bad we’ll never know what was going through his mind.
Firing 102 or 103 rounds into the truck was an easy way out. Law enforcement could have, and should have, done better.