Skip to comments.Fury after mentally ill 18-year-old was killed by police in front of his mortified parents
Posted on 01/16/2014 7:48:02 PM PST by Arthurio
An 18-year-old mentally ill boy who was killed by police was 'shot to death like dog', a close family friend said today.
Keith Vidal was already restrained by two police officers when a third officer shot him in the chest on Sunday after allegedly saying 'I don't have time for this'.
The officer was preparing to fire a second shot when he was grabbed by the victim's step father.
Vidal, who was having a schizophrenic episode, did not pose a threat to any of the officers - who had been called to help by his family, friends said.
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Waiting for all the usual jackboot lickers to defend the action by the “officer.”
If Kelly Thomas is any indication, this murdering pig will walk as well.
Why should this surprise anyone...
As our nation turns into a third world nation our cops become death squads.
The only concrete fact...or *potential* fact...I see in this article (I didn't click on the link) is that the victim *may* have been a schizophrenic.If,by chance,he was I can say this:
In 20+ years working in a major hospital's ER I encountered many,many,many,*many* schizophrenics,male and female.And I can guarantee you that the males were,at times,capable of some very,very disturbing,violent acts.I won't elaborate...too many stories to tell.
That's all I'm sayin'
Well he did say he did not have time for this apparently.
That cop should be on death row by now
Love that graphic. It really kicks and! Oh wait...
If the cops from the other department are smart, they’ll tell the truth.
How many did you she killed because they "didn't have time for this shit"?
I know from personal experience that if you want to make a bad situation like this worse, call the police.
Never invite the Man into your life...
If the officer cannot deal with such individual, he should (a) leave the room, (b) lock the door, and (c) summon a doctor who can administer a proper drug.
It's possible that the individual will hurt himself while not controlled; but that's still better than being dead.
By looking at many cases of police misdeeds, it appears that they are not taught to retreat. They always barge ahead, they always fight to the last drop of blood of their victims; they always must be in control and on top, no matter what. That police captain in the theater simply could not tolerate the thought that some "civilian" is refusing to obey his orders! So he shot him for that.
In my 64 years, I’ve never run into a bad cop. I know they’re out there, from reading too many other stories like this, but I have no firsthand experience with any of them. That said, if what the shooter-cop said was true, he ought to be in detention for what he did. He’s a clear and present danger to the public. RIP, young man.
“Never invite the Man into your life...”
Correct. This goes for divorce, etc. as well. If you can’t run your own life, don’t expect those people to make it any better for you.
Just be careful of how this is being spun. There are definitely at least two sides to this story.
Another example of the threat posed by government to individual freedom.
My mother has been director of psych hospital for 2 decades and still is. She says the same thing and deals with all the folks the police and other hospitals dump on them daily. That’s all she does.
But she hasn’t had to kill any patient.
Maybe she has more time?
Well,you see...a hospital ER has a couple of advantages over a cop when facing such a situation.
1)They have a least several big,burly (male) nurses and nurses aides.
2) They have leather restraints that can be placed on the wrists,the ankles and the torso.
3) They have drugs so powerful and so fast acting that they can bring a charging rhino (the four legged kind,not Juan McLame) to its knees before you can say "nighty-night".
She’s retiring in 6 months. I’m telling her to keep calm, she’s almost made it.
Will you be impressed if the government once again clears itself?
this ain’t Officer Friendly or Deputy Fife anymore. These are the jackbooted thugs that shoot at will these days.
been living in LA for 20 years. don’t trust any of them.
Given the facts that have been reported, it makes absolutely no sense why the LEO would shoot into a pile of people on the floor. None. Why would he use lethal force in a situation like this. Something doesn’t add up.
Their "story" is that a cop walked in and executed a subdued 18 year old kid. Honestly, how likely is that? I'm not saying it's impossible, but it's highly unlikely. If it is true, then I think the cop in question should have the book thrown at him to the fullest extent. All I'm suggesting is to think about it.
I’m ambivalent about the Kelly Thomas verdict. Twelve jurors saw something I didn’t and cut them loose. Likewise, this case will have more to offer than what the media chooses to report. And while I typically, without hesitation, side with law enforcement, a jackboot licker I ain’t. But I surely don’t call them pigs either. I save that for hippies.
I bet you’d also say it highly unlikely that cops would beat a man to death as he was crying out for his father to save him, and then laugh about the man crapping his pants from the fatal beating.
Nah. They are all under such stress and have high standards... notwithstanding of course that standards for civilians is to get a felony assault for merely saying stop or that the military hasndouble jeopardy....
We are not talking about this kind of stress and standards. (Sarc off)
Fact of the matter, a cop is someone who has an entire army of buddies and lawyers to protect them and make them say the right thing. We ask for a lawyer or a witness or a recording and see what happens.
The group said that three officers from three agencies responded to Vidal's house "due to the dangerous nature of the call."
Vidal "failed to comply with repeated requests to surrender the deadly weapon," which the 911 caller said was a screwdriver, the Police Benevolent Association reported.
What the officers did next -- such as using a Taser -- were "authorized and necessary law enforcement procedures ... to promote safety for everyone involved, including Vidal," the group added.
The detective fired after Vidal "made physical contact with the (Boiling Spring Lakes officer) using the hand holding the deadly weapon," the police association said in its statement.
"The officers present realized the immediate and deadly threat to (the officer's) life," said the group.
After comparing the cops story and the video they did not know about when they shot the man in Dallas:
I think I might be more open minded than you in such cases.
But, since we're expounding, here's my "theory". Boy is threatening mother with a screwdriver and having a "bad episode". Stepdad calls the cops as he has 20 times before to deal with the boy. Cops attempt to subdue boy, but boy flails around and refuses to relinquish the screwdriver, striking one of the officers. Cop fires, killing the boy. Stepdad initially says that cop says "we don't have time for this.....taze him." (there's video of this). Stepdad starts getting crap from mom about involving the cops. Stepdad deflects and later changes story to "cop says we don't have time for this and shoots boy". All to assuage his guilt at having involved the cops which ultimately resulted in the boy's death.
My "story" is just as plausible as yours. Neither of us knows, and all I asked that we remain open minded and not run off half-cocked and jumping to conclusions about police brutality.
He was having his night disturbed and saw the kid reaching for his cellphone — sufficient reason for a police shooting these days.
I did not offer a theory of the incident. I merely asked you if you will be impressed if the government yet again clears itself in such an incident. I for one am not very impressed by self-clearing.
Again, armed cops in superior numbers killing a single, unarmed suspect. Don’t really care about the circumstances, the suspect was UNARMED. Officers are supposedly trained to handle such situations without resorting to lethal force. Please don’t lecture me regarding ‘doped’ up suspects, their ‘amazing’ strength and other such ‘facts’. I have worked for many years with Peace Officers, felons, mental patients, and the ‘crazed’ druggies and not once did I witness or hear of officers killing a nothing-to-lose violent felon, a physically wild mental inmate/patient, or a doped up violent addict. I have seen on numerous occasions well trained officers subdue all of the above persons without death as a result. But then I keep forgetting that inmates and mental commits have one thing that the general public doesn’t-—legal right to officer protection. At this point and time I trust a convicted felon more than a cop for you see I am fairly certain what a felon will do, a cop not so much anymore and that makes them very dangerous.
Wow... I have many such experiences, including my psycho x-step-father.
Never heard it put that way, but you're absolutely correct....
When local government lost its power to the center
Mentally ill? The kid must have barked at the cop.
May Keith’s soul and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God rest in peace.
Prayers for his parents during this traumatic time.
So was Trayvon Martin.
Nice try. Different case, no cops involved and George(alone) was fighting for his life after having been attacked. None of the cops in recent shootings were fighting for their lives, were they??