Breach, Bang and Clear posted a photo from the North Miami police department on a recent police-involved shooting that went really, really wrong.
The police shooting of an African-American caregiver, who was lying in the street trying to help an autism patient, was accidental, according to the local police union representing the North Miami officer.
The officer had intended to shoot the patient, whom he thought posed a danger, but accidentally shot the caregiver instead, said John Rivera, the President of the Dade County Police Benevolent Association.
Now, the question is, why did the cops roll in there thinking that there was a danger of someone getting shot? Because the dispatcher told them there was a man with a gun on-scene threatening suicide.
Turns out it was a toy truck.
There are lots and lots of things to talk about here regarding police training and use-of-force, but I’m going to let others talk about such things. My takeaway from this is different: Because of the bad information that was sent to the dispatchers from the calling in the incident, the cops rolled up expecting to see certain things, and reacted as if those things were occurring, even though they weren’t.
Still think you shouldn’t call the cops and be the one to set the narrative in their minds after a defensive gun use?
I don’t. The first narrative is always, always the one that tends to stick. The sooner you get your story out in front of law enforcement (under the guidance of a lawyer, of course), the better off you’ll be.