I feel bad for Dylan Noble’s family. I have kids, and I cannot imagine losing either one, especially in the way they lost Dylan.
I also have family and friends in law enforcement, and I cannot imagine what they go through every time they put on the uniform. For a week, all we saw and read about was this partial-video showing how our police department is trigger happy. The full video came out and a different story was told.
Multiple times officers demanded Dylan to raise his hands, and each time, he raised one hand and put one hand behind his back. Don’t reach behind your back when cops tell you to raise both hands! Cops are not psychic; and when a suspect does not do as told everything gets raised up a notch.
A routine stop? No. Officers were there because of a 911 call about someone with a rifle. Dylan saw them and screeched his tires. To a cop, that is suspicious. When you do not pull over immediately, that’s another flag.
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Dylan ignored multiple commands, multiple times. Once Dylan was on the ground, were the officers excessive? Possibly. But if Dylan had just put both hands up, this would have never happened.
My prayers go out for all families involved.
Mike Simmons, Fresno