Was he though? Or did this anonymous homeless gentleman say something to get this man who wouldn't give him $1 in trouble? Was there even an anonymous homeless gentleman? Finally, in what free American state can anonymous homeless gentlemen simply place an anonymous phone call to have police violate your rights? (hint: it's all of them)
Let me paint a different picture, based on reported facts so far.
Officers Blane Salamoni and Howie Lake were reportedly responding to a 911 call about a man threatening someone with a gun
This is a tough situation. Simply threatening someone has a gun will get a paramilitary response (did you see the officers that responded? they were MMA fighters)
before they arrived, but Muflahi said no one was waving a gun, certainly not Sterling.
Now what. A single phone call from an anonymous man claiming a gun can get a black man shot and killed. Read that again. I could anonymously call saying I saw you waving a gun around and a cop could be justified in shooting you if they find *something* on you that may or may not be a gun (i don't know about you, but I don't know what gun you can pull out of a pocket that you can conceal almost entirely in your hand.. check out the video again, freeze frame when the officer pulls something out of the dead man's pocket and try to tell me if that looks like a gun to you)
Also lets never forget this crucial eye witness testimony that was not even considered by the responding officers
Muflahi walked out the front door when he saw the officers talking to Sterling and said there was no “altercation,” as police claimed, until the cops tasered and tackled Sterling. That’s when Muflahi took out his phone and started recording.
You have the owner of the property telling you there was no altercation and yet here we have officers needing to taser and tackle. We see the gentleman slammed into the car and onto the pavement with the use of a taser as reports indicate. Then we see two big police officers on top of another big gentleman. We *HEAR* the police officers say "HE'S GOT A GUN" and then shots go off.
Let me paint a different picture for you.
Someone, not liking this Sterling gentleman, places an anonymous 911 call from a pay or burner phone. Peace officers arrive and engage in a tense and elevated manner leading to preemptive use of controlling tactics before talking to other witnesses at the scene. Once they have this Sterling gentleman on the ground, they are able to cover and shield his entire body for the safety of others as they claim he has a gun. They fire shots as they think this Sterling gentleman is reaching for a gun which an anonymous homeless person claimed he has previously brandished. The peace officers remove an object from his pocket leaving the sterling gentleman to bleed out and perish in front of said store owner who would call these same peace officers if any trouble occurred at his store (which he said, no such trouble existed at his store).
I will not speculate who this someone was that placed this 911 call, that is an exercise for the reader. But seriously think twice before walking near a homeless man with anything in your pocket, it may end your life. Also don't be black when walking around with things in your pocket.