Posted by: maboulette | May 31, 2011


Seattle skyline

Image by WordRidden via Flickr

John T. Williams, a Native American woodcarver, died after being shot 4 times by Officer Ian Birk on August 30, 2010.   Dashcam video is shown below. 

Seattle paid $1.5 million to the family of the victim. 

Birk resigned Feb. 16 after the release of a scathing report by the Firearms Review Board report that found, among other problems, that Birk didn’t identify himself as a police officer as he approached Williams from behind. Williams was crossing the intersection while carving on a piece of wood with a legal knife.   The knife was folded shut when found by officers. 

Officer Birk was not criminally charged in the shooting.  So, I guess you can get away with murder in the United States.


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