The man had both drugs and alcohol in his system and a hypodermic needle was found on the scene. Now to play the devil's advocate here, the man was tazed several times and still would NOT comply. Yes it was JUST contact initiated by an out of date inspection sticker. That fact goes both way's though. 99 out of 100 such stops result in a warning or at worst a ticket. So from a police officers perspective WHY would this guy abandon his vehicle and flee on foot? Further, WHY would he continue to struggle and fail to follow SIMPLE orders to keep his hands in plain sight? In the mind of a police officer I can see why they would begin to question just WHO they were attempting to bring into custody. Full disclosure: I also have bigoted opinions like Hoot.This started out as just a simple traffic stop for an inspection sticker violation! Holy cow, then this looks like a hot headed out of control "horrible cop". If the traffic stop would have been for something more sinister and he fled...well?
In this case, I don't agree with the theory he was going for something in his jacket and she felt in danger. Did they ever find anything in the jacked? From what I can see this guy, good person or bad person, was executed! No matter how excited she was, she was in control. A cop should never gun down a suspect, person of interest etc., who is just crawling, getting up, walking or running away and when no one else's is in a life threatening situation. Because of the stun gun, he was in control almost the whole entire time.
Obviously I am not familiar with the use of force laws, but from what I could see in the video there was a whole lot more to the story as the jury sided with the cop. Convicted of a crime or not, she will have to live with this the rest of here life.
This does not pass my common sense smell test. And I'm not anti-cop as I was a Military Police Officer and have some background in stressful situations.