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Old August 13, 2017, 10:05 AM   #93
Pond, James Pond
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whether a third party have seen enough to judge, and whether he would know enough to be able to justify the lawful use of deadly force.
Take any 10 seconds of recording after the initial blow and there is ample evidence of excessive force.

Repeated punches and kicks to the head of someone curled up on the floor is unacceptable behaviour and any grown adult with all their faculties will understand that the risk of grievous harm is very real, regardless of whether they'd seen the beginnings of the altercation.

If you stopped that video before the end of the assault and asked the viewer: " you think the guy on the floor survived?" and they would not be able to say with any confidence that he had. That is how vicious that attack was.

Whether or not the law agrees with intervention, whether or not someone decides to get involved, I can't fathom how someone could watch that unfold, even if only the latter half, and not think that a life was in danger.

I'm also amazed that, as he lay in what seems to even have been a seizure, the only thing anyone did was lean over him and presumably tell him 911 was on the way once the thug had left.
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