from the article: The officer who shot and killed Hill also was carrying a Taser but chose to use his gun instead, Rainey said.
In the case of a drunk man drawing a knife a taser would have been sufficient. If they had reason to believe he had a firearm, i would think the cop made the right decision, but they had absolutely no reason to suspect this. Did the officer have a right to kill him? Yes, if someone draws a knife on me, and i have my pistol, well i am a hell of a shot. He didnt get it wrong, he just didnt get it right either. I personal think protesting this guys death is pointless. He basically begged for it. However i will be Blowing BARTS phones up because cutting cellphones in that manner is inexcusable.
The second part is if the officer had wanted to, this could have ended without a fatality. He chose his gun instead. He chose deadly force over a very viable More than likely nonfatal alternative. This should be looked at in detail. An officer waiting for the a chance to kill someone while staying,barely, inside the law isnt unheard of. Infact i personally know 3 old friends who became cops who said thats why they did it. If i go to every scene looking for the chance, i will find my chance. when he draws a knife or takes out a apple i can call a hand grenade, bang bang bang and all inside the law. Who's to say this guy didnt jump at the chance to use his gun on something other than a target. I dont know, and nothing i read says anything about why he went gun instead of taser.